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Buttermere Horseshoe
Introduction to Walk 2642

Photo from the walk - Buttermere Horseshoe

Nat Park - Lake District - Lake District Western Fells

County/Area - Cumbria

Author - Stephen Starkey

Length - 14.0 miles / 22.8 km

Ascent - 5800 feet / 1758 metres

Time - 12 hours 50 minutes

Grade - very hard

This tough Lake District walk is a high-level circuit of Buttermere including most of the summits that surround the Lake. These include Red Pike, High Stile, High Crag, Haystacks, Dale Head and Robinson. Allow a full day to complete this round and ensure you have adequate daylight hours. Wainwrights included in this walk are - Dale Head, Haystacks, High Crag, High Stile, Red Pike (Buttermere), Robinson. A GPS File is available for download (see walk description). A route profile is also provided.

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Walk 1142
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A circuit of Buttermere from Buttermere village
Grade - easy
Length - 4.5 miles / 7.3 km
Walk 2609
0.3 miles / 0.5 km away
Crag Hill & Grasmoor from Buttermere
Grade - mod/hard
Length - 8.0 miles / 13 km
Walk 2735
0.3 miles / 0.5 km away
Fleetwith Pike and Buttermere Circular
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Length - 8.5 miles / 13.8 km
Walk 1732
1.0 miles / 1.6 km away
Buttermere, Coledale and Newlands circuit
Grade - hard
Length - 9.0 miles / 14.6 km
Walk 1011
1.0 miles / 1.6 km away
Knott Rigg and Ard Crags from Newlands Hause
Grade - easy/mod
Length - 3.5 miles / 5.7 km
Walk 2539
1.3 miles / 2.1 km away
Rannerdale Knotts & Grasmoor
Grade - moderate
Length - 8.0 miles / 13 km
Walk 1153
1.6 miles / 2.5 km away
The High Stile Ridge from Gatescarth, Buttermere
Grade - hard
Length - 10.0 miles / 16.3 km
Walk 1289
1.6 miles / 2.5 km away
Fleetwith Pike & Haystacks from Gatescarth
Grade - moderate
Length - 5.5 miles / 8.9 km
Walk 1231
1.8 miles / 2.9 km away
Grasmoor & Whiteless Pike
Grade - moderate
Length - 7.0 miles / 11.4 km
Walk 2020
1.8 miles / 2.9 km away
A circuit of Rannerdale Knotts, Crummock Water
Grade - easy/mod
Length - 2.5 miles / 4.1 km

Note : The distances quoted to other walks in the vicinity are measured in a straight line. The distance by road may be further.

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Short Walks in Lakeland Book 2: North Lakeland

Short Walks in Lakeland Book 2: North LakelandThis guidebook contains 57 short half to full-day walks in the northern Lake District. Walking areas include Borrowdale, Newlands, Bassenthwaite, Thirlmere, Ullswater, Haweswater and the area north of Keswick up to Caldbeck. Part of a three-volume series, and predominantly focusing on low-level walks between 2 to 9 miles, and graded for difficulty.
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