FLEETWITH PIKE 2126FT
SITUATED IN THE WESTERN FELLS OVER LOOKING BUTTERMERE
MILES-3 Miles circular
FACILITIES- Cafe and toilets at Honister slate mine
TERRAIN- Stone and grass paths, with some uneven and steep sections, could be difficult to navigate in poor visability.
ABOUT THE WALK
This is our most walked Wainwright, and Ariya first one she camped at for Light the lakes charity in 2019.
Honister pass has a large car park in which you pay for a pass in the shop.
From the cap park look towards Fleetwith pike and you will see a steep tarmac path, you can take this path up or on the return, we prefer going up steeper as its a killer on the knees.
The path leads from the car park, you can follow the steep tarmac path or take the path on your left which has some rocky sections underfoot but easy to follow, we used this path for the return.
The path climbs steeply, take care as this section of the road is also used for bus trips to the mine.
When you get to a level point you can explore some of the old ruins, then follow the path to the left between the quarry stone, we explore this area and normally take a snack break here as the kids love exploring the old tractors and bothay.
The path from the bothay is not very clear but you just head up hill to the summit, it can be boggy under foot.
Once at the top you will pick up faint paths which lead to the summit trig point which over looks Buttermere.
The views are breath taking from here and after a break we take the path ( faint and often cant be seen) but we head back in the same direction and once at the base we head across to the path in between Fleetwith pike and Brandreth which is often used for those heading to Great Gable or on to Haystacks.
This path then leads down towards the car park, it is rough under feet with some rocky sections and steps.
I would recommend taking a map so you can plan out the best circular route for you as some sections are not easy to follow especially in poor weather.
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