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High Stile

High Stile



Grid Reference: NY 16748 14783
Height: 807 metres/2648 feet

"No mountain range in Lakeland is more dramatically impressive than this, no other more spectacularly sculptured, no other more worth climbing and exploring."
A Wainwright

High Stile, the highest point on the high ridge above Buttermere is flanked by two equally impressive mountains in High Crag and Red Pike, the ridge making an impressive barrier on the southern flank of the Buttermere Valley. On this the northern flank steep crags descend from the summits onto deep combs while on the southern flank the ridge descends gently to the Ennerdale Valley.

Below the summit of High Stile lie steep crags, offering much good climbing, to the north east Grey Crag and Eagle Crag drop into Burtness Comb (Sometimes known as Birkness Combe), while to the north west Chapel Crags descend into Bleaberry Combe with Bleaberry Tarn below.

A wonderful ridge route traverses the main ridge, an exceptional days walking from Buttermere.

  1. The Buttermere Fells from Lorton

    The Buttermere Fells: Private Guiding

    Difficulty:
    Exposure:
    Distance: 14km / 9 miles
    Ascent: 980m / 3200ft
    Duration: 6-7 hours
    Maximum Group Ratio: 10:1

    A longer walk over rough ground with stunning views throughout over Buttermere and the western Lakes

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  2. High Crag from Haystacks

    The Buttermere Fells Extended: Private Guiding

    Difficulty:
    Exposure:
    Distance: 20km / 12 miles
    Ascent: 1210m / 4000ft
    Duration: 8 hours
    Maximum Group Ratio: 10:1

    A longer walk over rough ground with stunning views throughout over Buttermere and Ennerdale

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  3. Fleetwith Pike from Glaramara

    The Buttermere Horseshoe: Private Guiding

    Difficulty:
    Exposure:
    Distance: 21km / 13 miles
    Ascent: 1880m / 6220ft
    Duration: 10 hours
    Maximum Group Ratio: 10:1

    A very long day above Buttermere with glorious views thoughout

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  4. The Ennerdale Valley

    The Ennerdale Horseshoe: Private Guiding

    Difficulty:
    Exposure:
    Distance: 21km / 13 miles
    Ascent: 1890m / 6200ft
    Duration: 12 hours
    Maximum Group Ratio: 10:1

    One of the longest day walks in the Lake District, but a wonderful rewarding day in beautiful mountains

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  5. Descending from Scafell Pike

    24 Peak Challenge: Private Guiding

    Difficulty:
    Exposure:
    Distance: 50km / 32 miles
    Ascent: 4000m / 13000ft
    Duration: 2 days
    Maximum Group Ratio: 10:1

    A very long walk over rough ground, a great very hard challenge event

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  6. The Ennerdale Valley from Green Gable

    A Weekend at Black Sail: Private Guiding

    Difficulty:
    Exposure:
    Distance: 37km / 23 miles
    Ascent: 2600m / 8500ft
    Duration: 2 days
    Maximum Group Ratio: 10:1

    Two days of hard walking over rough ground with a night at the most remote Youth Hotel in England

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  7. On the summit of Great End

    10 Peak Challenge: Private Guiding

    Difficulty:
    Exposure:
    Distance: 27km / 17 miles
    Ascent: 2500m / 8300ft
    Duration: 14 hours
    Maximum Group Ratio: 10:1

    A long walk over rough ground crossing some of the highest peaks in England

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