Start – Buttermere Car Park NY173171, Distance – 12km, Ascent – 1030m, Time – 5hrs 00mins plus stops.
The High Stile ridge, a justifiably popular route across the tops of three mountains, with great views particularly to the north and south across Buttermere and Ennerdale. The final pull onto Red Pike and the initial descent of High Crag are both steep and and loose underfoot but other than these short sections, the walk offers little difficulty and simple route finding. It includes a gentle and pleasant return stroll along the banks of Buttermere. This is a walk that would probably be hailed as a classic anywhere outside of the Lakes. Here though, it’s merely very good!

After climbing to Bleaberry Tarn, Chapel Crags were shrouded in mist. Luckily, the tops cleared on the ascent to Red Pike

Looking down Crummock Water on the ascent of Red Pike. The cloud kept off us virtually all day and it stayed dry, so no complaints there

The Robinson/Dale Head massif, seen from the summit of Red Pike across Bleaberry Tarn and Buttermere

The north-western fells with the cloud just kissing the top of Grasmoor. The hump in the foreground is Dodd, complete with tickling stick (possibly)

Haystacks from the descent of High Crag. The only time I’d previously been on Haystacks was in thick cloud and the temptation to nip up from Scarth Gap was strong – until I saw the climb, that is…

Looking back from Scarth Gap to the shapely High Crag. The descent to this point was almost as steep and loose underfoot as the initial ascent to Red Pike