13th May 2008

Buttermere to Wandope via Addacomb Hole


Walk Overview
Time 08.10 to 13.50
Duration 5 hr 40 min
Distance 6.1 mile
Ascent 2720 ft
Walking with Jennifer
Buttermere - Mill Beck - Third Gill - Addacomb Beck - Addacomb Hole - Wandope - Whiteless Pike - Buttermere
Fells visited
Directory places visited

Starting Point Information Centre
Buttermere Village

There are a few different options for parking in Buttermere. A couple of decent sized car parks the road side leading up past the church onto Newlands pass and the sneaky couple of spaces next to the bridge. Despite these options and the village being so small they all fill up pretty quickly.

For such a small village there are a couple of hotels / pubs, public toilets and a couple of tearooms, one of which sells the best ice cream you could ever hope to find.


Route Map

Walking through the woods next to Mill Beck, just outside Buttermere.
In contrast to the three previous days walking, where there was no wind at all to speak of, we were treated to a nice breeze today. This, coupled with a day of blue sky and sunshine made for perfect fell walking conditions.

Looking back along our path and across the valley to High Stile and Red Pike.


A close up of Red Pike.

The first half of today's route took us into a wonderfully quiet area below Whiteless Pike and Wandope (on the Knott Rigg side). I suppose the route I've drawn on the map shows it better than the photos, but the path perfectly follows the contours of the fellside; taking you past some delightful places.

As ever, I took a couple of detours throughout the walk to photograph some of the sheepfolds close to our route. This one is found at the point where Third Gill joins Sail Beck / Mill Beck.
The four or five black dots up above the sheepfold are a group of sheep that were just below the path we were following. Needless to say, Jennifer didn't join me down here. Instead, she carried on walking, saying something like "you must be joking if you think I'm going to walk all the way down there just to walk back up here again".

Higher up Third Gill below Whiteless Pike. The path crosses the gill about half way up the photo and then cuts across to the right. As I said earlier; following the contours of the fellside.

The view back through the valley to High Crag, High Stile and Red Pike, taken almost at the point at which we left the path and headed up to Addacomb Hole.

Thankfully the breeze was keeping it a bit more comfortable than it would otherwise have been.
The lowest point on the skyline is the entrance to Addacomb Hole and the high point on the left is Wondope.

Addacombe Hole; what a fantastic place.

It seems a bit odd that the section between Addacomb Hole and Wandope has a decent enough path to use, but there's no path at all leading up the bottom section of the fell.

"are we nearly there"?

Just below Wandope summit and looking across to Crag Hill.

And from the summit itself, looking across to Grasmoor.

Lunch with a view down to Crummock Water, Mellbreak, Rannerdale Knotts and most of the other Loweswater fells.

Up to now we hadn't seen anyone else all day, as you might expect though, that changed on our walk down Whiteless Pike where we met a steady trickle of people heading up.

A close up of Rannerdale Knotts in front of Crummock Water.

Looking down into the valley we'd walked through at the start of the walk. The darker pointed fell at the back of the photo is Causey Pike.

Crummock Water and Loweswater seen behind the lovely little valley of Rannerdale, which was looking its best today in full bloom with the well known Rannerdale Bluebells.

Almost back in Buttermere now, out of the breeze and eager to sample a very large strawberry ice cream.

David Hall -
Lake District Walks