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High Stile Ridge

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Image Source: Vivienne Crow

The grand slopes leading skyward from Buttermere’s south-western shores culminate in a high, rocky ridge topping out at 2647ft (807m). From north to south, it takes in Red Pike, High Stile and High Crag before dropping down the steep nose of Gamlin End to Seat and then the pass of Scarth Gap. For the most dramatic views, walkers tend to tackle the ridge in this direction, sometimes adding Hay Stacks after Scarth Gap.  The top of Red Pike can be reached directly from Buttermere via Bleaberry Tarn, but it’s a punishing ascent. A slightly easier but longer option is to approach it via the path up beside Scale Force

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