5th August 2009

Three fells above Honister Pass


Walk Overview
Time 14.55 to 18 25
Duration 3 hr 30 min
Distance 5.3 mile
Ascent 1695 ft
Walking with Jennifer
Honister Pass - Drum House - Brandreth - Grey Knotts - Fleetwith - Dubs Quarry - Fleetwith Pike - Slate Quarry - Honister Pass
Fells visited
Directory places visited

Starting Point Information Centre
Car park, Honister Mines

Given the size of the car park (s) here I'm tempted to say you'll find ample parking up here. This isn't always the case though. The popularity of the mine tours and the surrounding fells make this a very busy place indeed.

You have two options here, the mines car park and the national trust car park next to the Youth Hostel. They both cost about the same, so it doesn't really matter which one you try first.


Route Map

"What do you mean you thought the bus didn't leave until 3 o'clock. I suppose we'll have to walk after all."

Just look at all those cars!
Once we got going there weren't really that many people about, so it was a case of all's well that ends well. On the drive through Buttermere valley however, I was more than regretting our choice of walk today, and we almost turned around and went somewhere else. The place was packed, and I mean packed; people and cars everywhere. In fact, it took us 45 min to drive from Lorton to the top of Honister Pass. Frustrating or what?


Walking over the Drum House. This is where we left the old tramway and headed across the fellside below Grey Knotts.

Shadows on Dale Head.

A close up of Buttermere and Crummock Water.

I know this isn't the clearest of pictures, but the view down to Ennerdale (left) and Buttermere / Crummock (right) is superb from the ridge across here.

Brandreth summit, seen here in front of the central and eastern fells. And Blencathra on the far left of the picture.

Looking a little further to the right, Glaramara is the prominent fell on the skyline.

Heading across the ridge between Brandreth and Grey Knotts.
These two fells are pretty easy to join together, with very little ascent involved at all, and for those who venture up here when the cloud is down, the fence seen running across the ridge in this picture offers a useful navigation aid.

Not only does the fence give you something to follow, it also, , , ,

, , , gives you something to hang onto as you cross the edge of the tarn. Unless you take the dry option and walk around as Jennifer did while I was messing about taking this picture.

A close up of Allen Crags, Esk Pike and Bow Fell.


Looking back across to Grey Knotts from a not too boggy, but very windy area above Dubs Bottom.

I'm afraid we're heading up hill again. This time for an ascent of Fleetwith Pike. I'm sure you'll agree that the view across to Green Gable, Great Gable. Scafell and Kirk Fell make the effort worth while though.


Those with a keen eye might think there are four lakes in this picture. There are in fact only three; Buttermere (bottom) Crummock Water with Rannerdale Knotts making it look like two lakes (middle), and Loweswater, just and so visible on the other side of Mellbreak.

Fleetwith Pike summit cairn.

A nice clear view across to Robinson and the Littledale Edge / Hindscarth Edge ridge.

Black Star / Honister Crag.

Shortly after taking the previous picture we peered down into one of the many quarries found on Fleetwith Pike.

I'm surprised health and safety hasn't gone mad and decided to barrier off the whole area around the quarries. But thankfully they seem to think I'm still sensible enough not to fall into a big hole, and as a result, the path that runs through this area lets me get close to this real life Tonka Truck.

Heading back down to Honister.


What a difference; only one car left on the car park.


David Hall -
Lake District Walks