Buttermere Guided Walk

Buttermere is a truly beautiful part of the Lake District with a remote feel to it. It is also home to Wainwright’s favourite mountain Haystacks.

From our meetnig point in the valley we walk to the North West end of Buttermere itself and then ascend through Burtness Wood to Scale Beck. We then make our way up to Red Pike, our first Wainwright, via Lingcomb Edge. From the summit of Red Pike we then head in a South Easterly direction along the ridge taking in: High Stile, High Crag and Seat. From Seat we drop down to Scarth Gap where we descend back to the valley and make our way back to Buttermere along the side of the lake.

Guided Walk Overview

  • Height: 806m / 2,644ft
  • Distance: 13.8km / 8.6 Miles
  • Time: 5 Hours
  • Grade: Moderate/Hard

Equipment Needed

  • Walking Boots
  • Waterproof Jacket and trousers
  • Rucksack
  • Warm tops
  • Spare clothing
  • Hat & Gloves
  • Suitable clothing for walking (no jeans)
  • Packed lunch
  • Water bottle/Thermos Flask
  • Torch and whistle

A 15% discount is available on all equipment and clothing from the Adventure Peaks store. This is valid from the time of booking to the date of the walk.

Wainwrights Included

Red Pike – 755m, High Stile – 806m, High Crag – 744m.

Total ascent / descent

773m/2,536ft

Where to Meet

The group will meet at Syke Farm Campsite Cafe at 9am. Grid Ref: NY 176 169. You should have your rucksack packed ready to depart including a full packed lunch.

Please note that no transport is included as part of the walk. For those without their own transportation it may be possible to share transport with the guide or other members of the walk. In this case we do ask that a contribution is made to the fuel costs of the driver.

The day will finish between 2.00-2.30pm.

If you are not there within 20 minutes of the departure time (9am) the group will begin their walk.

Previous Experience

You should have a good level of fitness and be comfortable walking for 5-6 hours per day with around 700m (2,500ft) of ascent.

Books & Maps

Ordnance Survey OL 4 covers the whole route for Buttermere at a scale of 1:25,000. The BMC produce a Lake District map at a scale of 1:40,000, which are waterproof and tear resistant, specially designed for walkers and climbers.

Age limit

The Minimum Age for our walks is 8 years of age, but this depends on a child’s experience and ability. Under 18’s must be accompanied by an adult unless previously agreed with Adventure Peaks, and as we are AALA registered, written permission must be provided by a parent/guardian, for each participant under 18.

Participation Statement

Adventure Peaks recognises that climbing, hill walking and mountaineering are activities with a danger of personal injury or death. Participants in these activities should be aware of and accept these risks and be responsible for their own actions and involvement.

As our guides and leaders will be responsible for your wellbeing, we require each walker to complete our medical and experience form and return it to Adventure Peaks or your guide at the start of the walk. You may download a copy here.

Cost of Guided Walks

Our Lake District Guided Walks cost £40 per person and we require a minimum of 3 people to guarantee a Lake District Guided Walk can operate. Please do not book your travel or accommodation until we have contacted you.

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