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Fleetwith Pike via Fleetwith Edge

Fleetwith Edge rises sharply from the pastoral scenery of Gatesgarth at the south eastern end of Buttermere, its narrow ridge and dark crags forming an intimidating sight. Low Raven Crag near the bottom presents walkers with a seemingly insurmountable cliff. However, appearances can be deceptive. A steep path sneaks around on the left hand side of the crag then zigzags to the top bypassing any difficulties. The ridge line beckons onward. A succession of rocky steps adds some easy scrambling interest on the upper reaches of this airy ridge. Active walkers will have little problem making the ascent.

A prominent white cross perched on the face of Low Raven Crag is a memorial to Fanny Mercer who slipped and fell whilst descending the ridge. Killed where the cross is now placed. A reminder, perhaps, not to stray from the path and to take care.

Reaching the summit of Fleetwith Pike a small beehive cairn stands at the head of the Edge. From here the view back over Buttermere, Crummock Water, and beyond, is possibly the best in Lakeland. Continuing on, the little top of Black Star above Honister Crag is another fine viewpoint. Skirting the scattered quarries of Honister Slate Mines the walk heads first for Dubs Hut - a small bothy now improved and run by the Mountain Bothies Association. Then, having crossed Warnscale Beck, we take a quiet, lesser trod path under Warnscale Head past another bothy, before dropping steeply and somewhat roughly down to Warnscale Bottom. Re-crossing Warnscale Beck via a footbridge and joining a surfaced track, the car park is just a stroll away.

Parking is available at Gatesgarth Farm for a small fee, which in 2016 was £4.