Fleetwith Pike is a fell in the English Lake District
which reaches a height of 648 metres (2,126 feet). The fell is a
well-known feature of the area as it casts an imposing presence over
Buttermere and the Honister Pass on the B5289 motor road between
Borrowdale and Buttermere.
Fleetwith Pike is the north western
shoulder of Grey Knotts and is bounded by Honister Pass to the north and
Warnscale Bottom to the south west, their two streams uniting beneath
the fell in Buttermere.
The north west ridge rising almost from
the lakeshore at Gatesgarth is named Fleetwith Edge and is a striking
feature from any direction.
The top of the fell is situated
directly at the top of the edge, while a lower summit stands to the east
atop Honister Crag.
Fleetwith Pike is lined on all sides by
impressive crags other than for the broad plateau leading across the
Drum House to Grey Knotts.
The summit cairn is a few yards in
from the top of the Edge resting among pleasant grass and heather.
The view from the summit gives a fine prospect of the Buttermere
valley which also takes in the other two lakes of Crummock Water and
Loweswater. The fells of Pillar and Great Gable are close by and are
The fell itself is often climbed in conjunction with
other neighbouring fells such as Haystacks and Grey Knotts. Strong
walkers may also take in the peaks of Great Gable and Green Gable.
There are two possible starting points for the ascent of Fleetwith
Pike. These are Gatesgarth in the Buttermere valley and the top of the
Honister pass - both places have car parks.
The start from
Honister Hause has the advantage of starting from a height of 356 metres
(1,167 feet) and takes the walker through the quarry workings of the
Honister Slate Mine and over Black Star, the highest point of Honister
Crag at 630 metres (2,067 feet).
Honister Crag was upgraded to
become a Nuttall fell in November 2004, the first addition to the list
since they were first published in 1990. It has 20 metres (67 feet) of
topographical prominence from Fleetwith Pike.
Honister Crag it is a simple walk to attain the top of Fleetwith Pike.
The ascent from Gatesgarth goes up the intimidating looking
Fleetwith Edge. However all the crags can be by-passed without too much
difficulty. This route goes past a white cross which is clearly visible
from the valley and bears the inscription "Erected by Friends of Fanny
Mercer, accidentally killed 1887".
routes near Fleetwith Pike