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Red Pike (Buttermere)

Red Pike (Buttermere)



Grid Reference: NY 16054 15453
Height: 755 metres/2477 feet

"Red Pike is deservedly a popular climb: the way to it is both interesting and beautiful, the summit is a graceful cone without complications, the cairn being exactly at the head of the path; and the view is excellent."
A Wainwright

Red Pike, part of the high ridge that dominates the skyline above Buttermere is the most popular summit on the ridge, the direct path up from Buttermere Village via Bleaberry Tarn is the easiest and shortest path to any of the Buttermere Fells.

A far more interesting path climbs Red Pike from the west, climbing first to Scale Force, a wonderful waterfall nestled high on the northern slopes, out of sight from the valley. The path then climbs steeply above the waterfalls before eventually emerging onto Lingcombe Edge, a fine ridge climbing to the summit of Red Pike with spectacular views throughout.

The red colour of Red Pike is provided by the rock Syenite, a coarse rock, similar to Granite, and can be seen regularly on the surface when walking on Red Pike.

  1. The Buttermere Fells

    Regular Price: £25.00

    Special Price £22.00

    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. The Buttermere Fells Extended

    Regular Price: £25.00

    Special Price £22.00

    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

    £30.00

    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

    £30.00

    Difficulty:
    Exposure:
    Distance: 21km / 13 miles
    Ascent: 1890m / 6200ft
    Duration: 12 hours
    Maximum Group Ratio: 10:1
    Minimum Group Size: 3
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    One of the longest day walks in the Lake District, but a wonderful rewarding day in beautiful mountains

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  5. The Ennerdale Valley from Green Gable

    A Weekend at Black Sail

    £120.00

    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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  6. Buttermere Walking Weekend

    Regular Price: £50.00

    Special Price £40.00

    Difficulty:
    Exposure:
    Distance: Up to 14km / 9 miles per day
    Ascent: Up to 980m / 3200ft per day
    Duration: 2 days
    Maximum Group Ratio: 10:1

    Two classic walks above Buttermere including the High Stile ridge and Haystacks

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  7. On the summit of Great End

    10 Peak Challenge

    £70.00

    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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