Saturday, 1 July 2000

Fleetwith Pike

Fleetwith Pike over Buttermere
Height: 648m (2,126ft)
Prominence: 117m (384ft)
Region: Western Fells
Classifications: Nuttall, Hewitt, Wainwright, Birkett
Summit feature: Two cairns
Times climbed: 3
Related trip reports:
The Buttermere Horseshoe - 08/04/2017
Dale Head & Fleetwith Pike - 23/01/2016
The Buttermere Ridge - 20/04/2014
Fleetwith Pike's summit
What Wainwright said:

"Honister Crag is a landmark of renown, well known to Lakeland's visitors. This precipice towers dramatically above the roads, a barrier of rock and debris. The fell of which Honister Crag is so striking a part of is Fleetwith, and its summit is Fleetwith Pike". 

Fleetwith Pike is a well-known feature in Buttermere as it casts an imposing presence over the lake and the Honister Pass.

The north-west ridge rising almost from the lake shore 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.

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.

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.