Route: Bowness Knott Car Park
-Red Pike (Buttermere)
-High Stile[Grey Crag](166)(157)
-Kirk Fell [North Top](168)
-Middle Scoat Fell-Great Scoat Fell
-Little Gowder Crag(175)
-Iron Crag [Ennerdale Fell](177)
-Bowness Knott Car Park
Distance: ~24.75 miles
Time: 10hr 25mins (07:10am-5:35pm)
Conditions: Perfect, sunny, slight breeze on the tops
Inspired by many reports, especially the one by Sean McMahon at http://www.stridingedge.net, I decided to test my fitness by attempting a variation of the Ennerdale Horseshoe. Due to the clear conditions I ended up taking 76 digital photographs, a selection included below.
Route taken, part a, the start/finish of the walk.
Route taken, part b, the middle section.
Just starting the ascent of Great Borne looking across Ennerdale Water towards Crag Fell as it catches the early morning sun.
The first summit, Great Borne, looking south-east towards the middle section of the walk.
Starling Dodd, space-age cairn?
Looking back to Great Borne from the summit of Starling Dodd.
Looking down Crummock Water towards Mellbreak from the edge of Red Pike Summit.
From High Stile, looking down to Bleaberry tarn and Buttermere.
Looking to the 806m summit of High Stile
The Ennerdale Horseshoe has many highlights but the section between High Stile and High Crag is really excellent. High Crag summit, with Pillar in the background. Also High Crag was my 150th Wainwright.
Biggest mistake of the day, instead of bearing right and finding the new fix-the-fells footpath I tried to descent straight down the scree slopes of Gamlin End. Realising the error of my ways eventually found the new path by traversing right across the scree...
The summit Seat, classfied as a Dewey, is just off the path. I chose this to be the highest point.