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High Crag (Buttermere)
744m (2442ft)

The Western Fells, The Lake District, Cumbria, England

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English Mountain
73rd highest in England,
128th in England & Wales

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Wainwright
(No. 65)

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89th highest in England,
154th in England & Wales

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The view from the summit of High Crag (Buttermere)

Photo: Rob Barklamb





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Other walkers who hiked, climbed, bagged and summited High Crag (Buttermere) Fellow go4awalkers who have already walked, climbed, summited & bagged High Crag (Buttermere)

Christine Shepherd walked up during May, 2004 [from/via/route] Climbed from Buttermere [with] On my own [weather] Bright and sunny - Enjoyed this walk so much I led a group to the summit an July of the same year. Climbed the Buttermere fells again on 29.8.2017.

Stephen Batson climbed on November 16th, 2019 [from/via/route] Gatesgarth [with] Clare [weather] Grey sky, fog on the summits - This was a very hard climb to start, rocks were wet and slippy

Robin Thorne bagged during May, 2018 [from/via/route] Coast to Coast Walk [with] Jon Thorne [weather] Sunny

Caroline Winter summited on August 27th, 2019 [from/via/route] Gatesgarth, Scarth Gap Pass, Seat, High Crag, High Stile, Red Pike, Starling Dodd, Great Borne, Steel Brow, Scales, The Fish at Buttermere, B5289 to CP [with] Becky [weather] 9.30 Start and already feeling hot and sticky on long climb up. No wind until late afternoon (SW), and great views of surrounding Fells. Cloud predicted on High Crag at 1pm, and cloud descended on leaving Great Borne. - Classic ridge walk with a plethora of views, not forthcoming on last visit here. Red scree peppering slopes of Red pike, so to descend further along after continuing the ridge to Starling Dodd and Great Borne. Also, saves climbing them from Ennerdale. Came down further West along a track, so needed to back Track to find NW route. Long walk out along slippery rocks and bracken. Diversion at scale Bridge, due to reconstruction. Missed last bus at 17.18 hrs, so ate a delicious trout dinner at The Fish, before walking the road-nearly as pleasant as the lake walk, and saved £25 plus on taxi fare.

Jamie Bryan conquered on July 6th, 2019 [weather] Sunny

Richard Marshall scaled on June 23rd, 2019 [from/via/route] Ennerdale Red Pike [with] Bo [weather] Cloudy/sunny. Very warm.

Lucy Perchard walked up on November 19th, 2018 [from/via/route] From Buttermere up to Red Pike, High Style and High Crag and back down via Gamlin end and Scarth Gap [with] Tony [weather] Clear blue sky but very windy

Louis Smith climbed on January 20th, 2019 - final one!

David Watson bagged on August 30th, 2018 [from/via/route] Bowness Knot [weather] Sunny

Elaine Evans hiked on September 6th, 2018 [from/via/route] From Gatesgarth car park, across Peggy's Bridge and up to High Crag, on to High Stile, then Red Pike, descended to Bleaberry Tarn and down to shores of Buttermere via Burtness Wood. Walked alongside water's edge back to carpark. [with] Sue and Christine [weather] Lovely day for walking, not too hot, a couple of light showers but mostly OK. - Really good, mostly enjoyable walk but did not like the descent from Red Pike at all! So pleased the rain didn't come in as forecast.

John Bryers summited on August 16th, 2018 [from/via/route] Fifth of 7 Wainwrights today. Camped at Syke Farm, Buttermere. Walked along Crummock water from Scale bridge Scale force, traversing Starling Dodd to join ridge path to top of Great Bourne returning via Starling Dodd and on to Red Pike and High Stile and High Crag. [with] With Mya my faithful Patterdale Terrier. [weather] Weather blustery with occasional showers with some strong cool winds for August! - Once bagged, headed to Hay Stacks and beyond!

Bay Wan conquered on July 31st, 2018 [from/via/route] Started at Buttermere on a loop which included Red Pike, High Stile, High Crag and Seat.....was thinking about Haystacks as well but that will have to wait for another day as me legs were shattered!!! [with] Cocoa dog - 7 yrs old [weather] Cloudy but dry. Gale force winds which blew everyone over and made them brace for their lives on top of High Crag!!! - Legs!! ...only 10 miles!?

Vic Royle scaled on May 18th, 2018 [from/via/route] With Red Pike and High Stiles [with] Team Wiggle [weather] Glorious - Panteha's Peaks - Enough said 'Please stay in sight - IM ON A CALL' Gap in the forest Michelle and Steve's - Minnie got a black eye

Richard Wilkinson walked up on May 6th, 2018 [from/via/route] Red Pike, the High Stile Ridge and Buttermere [weather] Sunny bank holiday - Steep climb to Red Pike and then over the tops of High Stile / High Crag, before returning along the shore of Buttermere.

Simon Myerscough climbed on October 2nd, 2005 [with] Matthew & Martin [weather] Sunny with occasional cloud, quite warm - My first peak bagging walk

Jill Dean bagged on November 11th, 2017 [from/via/route] Buttermere [with] Grez and dexter

John Almond hiked on August 17th, 2017 [from/via/route] From Gatescarth - Burtness Wood - Bleaberry Tarn - Dodd - Red Pike - High Stile - HIGH CRAG - Seat - Scarth Gap - Wainwright 104 [with] Solo [weather] Good. - Found it hard going up Red Pike - painful leg cramps during latter part of walk!

Iain Jones summited on July 29th, 2017 [from/via/route] Honister Hause (The Wainwright 60 - Day 1 (Ennerdale)) [with] Graeme High

Phillip Bulley conquered on June 7th, 2017 [from/via/route] Via Seat [with] Judith and Ruby. [weather] Sunny but very windy.

Lydia Hopkinson scaled on June 9th, 2015 [with] walking group [weather] glorious

Nick Dobson walked up on May 20th, 2017 [from/via/route] NAtional Trust car park in Buttermere up to Red Pike and along the ridge [with] Margaret & Ralph [weather] Overcast and raining with poor visibility - Definitely the worst conditions we have endured in all our walks todate, visibility very poor with no distinguishable land marks. The wind and rain was now freezing andblowing horizantal and visibility just a few feet. The intention was to leave the summit over Hamlin end and seat down scarth gap, but unable to find the way, we retraced our steps back to Red Pike and descended the way we came up.

David Wand climbed on August 27th, 1987 [with] Gayle [weather] Camped in the valley between the lakes

Chris Sheard bagged on October 10th, 1999 [from/via/route] From Nab scar [with] George & Baz [weather] Cold with variable winds - Off at saddle due to deteriorating weather

Colin Egan hiked on June 7th, 2015 [from/via/route] Gatesgarth farm to Scarth Gap, over Seat to High Crag [with] My wife Faith [weather] Fair and not too windy, cold at fell top - The path over Seat and up High Crag is now rough paved, a credit to the teams who look after the paths despite the heavy traffic us walkers create!

Leon Harvey summited on June 11th, 2016 [with] Solo

Andrew Joss conquered on October 8th, 2016 [from/via/route] Buttermere [weather] Sunny with a little cloud

Gillian Atkinson scaled on October 5th, 2016 [from/via/route] from buttermere [with] hf holiday

Mark Davidson walked up on June 7th, 2003 [with] Mike [weather] Hazy and a bit dull - but got some good views

Christina Lander climbed on July 26th, 2016 [from/via/route] Buttermere - Scale Force - Red Pike - High Stile - High Crag - Hay Stacks - Gatesgarth [with] Dick, Kath & Mick [weather] Drizzle at first but dry later on

Anthony Scott bagged on June 28th, 2016 [from/via/route] YHA Ennerdale [with] me [weather] Breezy, some drizzle, rain on the way - Great ridge walk

Clive Ward hiked on June 25th, 2016 [from/via/route] Buttermere, Red Pike, Starling Dodd, along ridge to Haystacks then down [with] Hazel, Gill, Ian

Christine Knowles summited on May 16th, 2016 [from/via/route] Ennerdale via Seat, followed by High Stile, Red Pike, Starling Dodd and Great Borne [with] Graham [weather] Cold but sunny - Surprisingly busy for early May

Victoria Bates conquered on February 22nd, 2016 [from/via/route] C207 [with] Mark

Martyn Howarth scaled on September 18th, 2015 [from/via/route] Buttermere. [with] BLP 24 Peakers. [weather] Very early morning and low cloud to start with, gradually clearing.

David Noble walked up on November 14th, 2015 [from/via/route] Bowness Knott [with] Jack [weather] Hurricane Jane ended up light constant rain and 25mph winds a dud

Mike Jackson climbed on September 13th, 2015 [from/via/route] Kirkstone Pass [with] Global [weather] Ok - Part of the 24 Peaks in 24 hours

Ann Davis bagged on September 11th, 2015 [from/via/route] gatesgarth farm [with] just me [weather] sunny and windy up top - lovely quiet day

Matthew Fee hiked on April 8th, 2015 [from/via/route] high style [with] Paul R [weather] Cloudy, Windy - Snow on the tops

Tracey Cowell summited on July 16th, 2015 [from/via/route] Bleaberry tarn/red pike/high stile/high crag/seat/scarth gap/buttermere [with] Sister [weather] Sunny/some cloud/20mph gusts on summits

Denis Hoyle conquered on June 21st, 2015 [from/via/route] Bed Pike [with] Burnley Mountaineering Club [weather] Overcast but no rain :-) - Hard need to be fitter.

Kevin Parnham scaled on May 13th, 2015 [from/via/route] From Ennerdale via High Stile [with] Jo [weather] Glorious some cloud rolled I for a time but cleared eventually - Not pleasant descent down Gamlin End until pitched path reached. Visit to Black Sail hut well worth detour but long walk back along Ennerdale

Andy Gibbs walked up during September, 2004 [from/via/route] Buttermere [with] Mike, Jake, Gav & Eddie [weather] Perfect

Ian Simpson climbed on March 29th, 2014 [from/via/route] From Buttermere [with] Lou

Charlie Housley bagged on May 31st, 2014 [from/via/route] From Scarth Gap Pass after descending Haystacks. [with] Joanna. [weather] Glorious all day. - Shame to have lost so much height only to have to gain it again tackling Gamlin End!

Joanne Mcgawley hiked on May 3rd, 2014 [with] Rich [weather] Dry but Windy - 11.15 miles

Graham Coules summited on May 3rd, 2012 [from/via/route] Buttermere circular [with] Dale [weather] Sunny and calm

Raymond Barnett conquered on January 19th, 2014 [from/via/route] gatesgarth [with] self [weather] mist rain snow

Carl Murphy scaled on June 9th, 2009 [from/via/route] ennerdale

Darren Mortimer walked up on September 14th, 2013 [from/via/route] Buttermere [with] Dermot Palmer [weather] Fantastic sunny day with white fluffy clouds and very little wind

Harry Meijer climbed on August 31st, 2013 [from/via/route] The Buttermere Fells,Buttermere [with] The Lake District Walker

Dave Eyes bagged on August 20th, 2013 [from/via/route] Buttermere, along lake and up to Haystacks and on to High Crag [with] Christine Eyes [weather] good

John Tippins hiked on April 4th, 2013 [from/via/route] High Stile [with] David Mann [weather] sunny, bright

Dale Verrall summited on November 6th, 2010 [from/via/route] Buttermere - Walk number C207 [with] Amber [weather] Nice day

Michael Lee conquered on June 17th, 2008 [from/via/route] Gatesgarth [with] Jill, Bob, Jessica & Thomas. [weather] Warm & sunny. - Our 25th Wedding anniversary!

Paul Carmichael scaled on November 16th, 2012 [from/via/route] Buttermere [with] Neil Hopkin [weather] Wet

Iain Taylor walked up on June 5th, 2011 [from/via/route] Glenridding (NY 38992 16932)

Lee Mutch climbed on September 2nd, 2012 [with] John Black

Tony Aspden bagged on June 12th, 2012 [from/via/route] C2C from High Stile [with] Andy [weather] Fine and sunny

Stephen Littlewood hiked on August 12th, 2012 [from/via/route] from Buttermere [weather] overcast and windy - ridge walk from Great Borne, Starling Dodd, Red Pike, High Stile, High Crag and Haystacks 17mile round trip

Melanie Dunn, Paul Woodhouse, Edward Merewether, Michael Rygol, Mr M A Blanchard, Paul Kendell, Dennis Brown, Jo Dixon, Adrian Sherriff, David Butterfield, Adrian Roberts, David Shaw, John Walter, David Laws, Simon Clark, Steven Woodroffe, Carl Abbott, Edward Wells, Louise Sandwith, Jonathan Tobin, Mike Wilson, David Sheret, Simon Duerden, Michael Nolan, Phil Clark, Steve Frank, Paul Booth, David Hickin, Richard Price, Linda Mckeogh, Trevor Williams, Paul Henderson, John Cuthbert, Phyllis Mcgibbon, Patrick Buckland, Jonathan Chitty, Chris Bramley, Paul Stevens, Stephen Millington, Chris Bede, Rob Barklamb, Andy Nicholls, Jeanette Coward, Pete Howes, Jacqui Smith, Ray O'Hara, Linda Walker, Libby Burns and Rebecca Hardy have all walked, climbed & bagged High Crag (Buttermere).

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More Photographs & Pictures of views from, on or of High Crag (Buttermere)

High Crag (Buttermere) Summit

High Crag (Buttermere) Summit

Photo: Rob Pullan (18)

Seat (Buttermere), Gamlin End and High Crag (Buttermere) from Hay Stacks (Haystacks)

Seat (Buttermere), Gamlin End and High Crag (Buttermere) from Hay Stacks (Haystacks)

Photo: Peter Dryden (18)

Seat (Buttermere), Gamlin End, High Crag (Buttermere), Mellbreak, Crummock Water, Buttermere Village, Rannerdale Knotts and the shoulder of Grasmoor from the summit of Hay Stacks (Haystacks)

Seat (Buttermere), Gamlin End, High Crag (Buttermere), Mellbreak, Crummock Water, Buttermere Village, Rannerdale Knotts and the shoulder of Grasmoor from the summit of Hay Stacks (Haystacks)

Photo: Peter Dryden (20)

Pillar from High Crag (Buttermere)

Pillar from High Crag (Buttermere)

Photo: Rob Barklamb (10)

Fleetwith Pike (left), Hay Stacks (Haystacks) and the shoulder of High Crag (Buttermere) (right) across Buttermere

Fleetwith Pike (left), Hay Stacks (Haystacks) and the shoulder of High Crag (Buttermere) (right) across Buttermere

Photo: Clare Howard (9)

Honister Pass (left), Fleetwith Pike, Hay Stacks (Haystacks) and High Crag (Buttermere) across Buttermere

Honister Pass (left), Fleetwith Pike, Hay Stacks (Haystacks) and High Crag (Buttermere) across Buttermere

Photo: Dave Phillips (8)


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