One of our most summited Wainwrights, great for small walkers with experience as you park half way up at Honister Slate Mine.
SITUATED IN THE WESTERN FELLS OVER LOOKING BUTTERMERE AT 2126FTMAKES IT WAINWRIGHT 114
PARKING------Honister Pass, Borrowdale, Keswick, Cumbria, CA12 5XN.
Pay in the shop at Honister for parking, it was £5 all day
MILES---------3 Miles circular
FACILITIES-----Café and toilets at Honister slate mine
TERRAIN------ Stone and grass paths, with some uneven and steep sections, could be difficult to navigate in poor visibility.
KIDS RATING FOR ENJOYMENT-8/10 WITH STONES TO CLIMB ON, A BOTHAY AND QUARRY RUINS
The carpark is in the background, with the path starting from the car park.
You can choose 2 routes, the one we chose here is the steeper direct route up that the bus takes people when they do the Via ferreta and mine tours.
Or you can take a path to the left which is less steep but more uneven, we have used both paths as this is one of our most summited Wainwrights.
When you get to a level point you can explore some of the old quarry 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.
Another photo of the old quarry works.
The bothay is a great place to stop off if you want to sleep overnight for free, just remember your sleeping bag, and follow the bothay rules https://www.mountainbothies.org.uk/bothies/bothy-code/
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 summit is perfect for a great sunset or sunrise
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.
We took this path up on one occasion but just so you can see how it is under foot if you do the circular walk, its only a short rocky section but slippery when wet.
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.
We have also wild camped on the summit with the kids and they loved it, the sunset was the best and the kids thoroughly enjoyed jumping off the rocks on the summit.
Remember if you do camp, leave it as you find it, no fires, no mess, set up late and leave early.