Buttermere come Wind and Rain.

Start. Buttermere.

Route. Buttermere - Wilkinsyke Farm - Pike Rigg - Crag Wood - Gatesgarth Farm - Peggy's Bridge - Horse Close - Burtness Wood - Sourmilk Gill - Buttermere.

Notes. The plan today was to ascend Grasmoor above Crummock Water, when I stepped from the car in Buttermere the rain was horizontal, the wind howling, the hills I knew were there cowered in the murk, not a good day to be striding out over some of the best ridge lines in the whole of the Lake District, I needed another plan and I'm afraid this was it. It's ok getting caught in bad weather, it's easy done in the fells but to walk into it deliberately, you could say is a bit foolish, I've been foolish many times but of late seem to have grown older and wiser, truth is I'm not as fit as I once was and battling into strong wind is bloody hard work. So today I stuck to the lower and wished I was on the higher, the hills will still be there tomorrow.

I left Buttermere cocooned in my own little world, head down, hood up staring at the ground, via Wilkinsyke Farm I wandered to join the Buttermere shore path, this well used trod guided me through wind, rain and stunning lake side scenery. Along Pike Rigg through a dark dank tunnel then round the point at Hassness and through Crag Wood, I soon reached Gatesgarth Farm at the foot of Honister Pass, it marked the point I turned to head across the valley.

On the walk out I decided if the weather improved I'd extend my little excursion to include Crummock Water, maybe ascend Mellbreak or Rannerdale Knotts, perhaps both, but it wasn't improving, in fact it was getting worse. After crossing Peggy's Bridge I turned towards Buttermere, still hoping for a break in the weather. Heading back I wandered under the steep slopes and cliffs of High Crag, High Stile and Red Pike, explored Horse Close a small cops, I strolled through the shelter of Burtness Wood, marveled at the white waters of Sourmilk Gill before wandering back to Buttermere.

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Descending to the lake shore, looking back to Buttermere village, the grey bulk of Mellbreak can just be seen melting into the bad weather.

Red Pike as seen from the lake side trod.

From the shelter of a large tree views to the slopes of High Snockrigg and Robinson Crag.

View taken from behind the same tree as above, across Buttermere Burtness Wood.

Even in bad weather this path along Pike Rigg is a gem to walk.

On the edge of Crag Wood watching the next pulse of bad weather sweep across the head of Buttermere.

Seen from the lake shore on the edge of Hassness Estate, the foot of Buttermere and the slopes of High Crag softened by the Lakeland weather.

Another view to the foot of Buttermere, the small white building is a boat house, above which Scarth Gap Pass is just visible.

A palette of grey, from Whiteless Pike in the distance to Low Snockrigg, High Bank and Goat Crag make up the lower slopes of Robinson.

Comb Beck spills out of Burtness Comb in a fine display of white water.

From Horse Close views to Burtness Wood backed by a grey Mellbreak.

Striding out under the shelter of Burtness Wood.

Burtness Wood on the western shore of Buttermere.

Tree Roots.

Draining Bleaberry Tarn in the comb high above, Sourmilk Gill.

High Stile over Burtness Wood.

High Snockrigg and Robinson Crag on view from the weather beaten head of Buttermere.

This small shingle beach marks the head of Buttermere, a delightful spot on a nice day.

Views taken the length of Buttermere, squint and you can just make out Fleetwith Pike closing the head of the valley.

Finally a cloud capped High Stile with Sourmilk Gill falling through the trees to the right.

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