6 Peaks Challenge

Contrasting ridges with stunning panoramas around Buttermere

The Buttermere Horseshoe comprises 6 Lakeland Peaks and is a high level circuit around arguably the finest valley in England with its summits in close configuration. This is a strenuous walk that presents no technical difficulties. It starts and ends at the village of Buttermere, which is situated on the shores of the lake with the same name. We start from the Buttermere Dubs footbridge and then take the stone stepped path through Burntness Wood and up to Bleaberry Tarn before climbing the path to The Saddle and ascending Red Pike. We then continue along the ridge taking in High Stile and High Crag before descending the steep slopes of Gamlin End to Scarth Gap where we start our ascent to the twin summits of Haystacks. From Haystacks the path descends past Innominate Tarn and Blackbeck Tarn affording a superb view towards Green Gable, Great Gable and the mighty summit of Scafell Pike. The very fit may want to detour here to take in the spectacular views from Fleetwith Pike. However, for normal, mortal beings, six peaks is usually enough for one day. 

Our route next follows the path to Honister Hause and the famous Honister Slate Mine where we cross the road before starting the long slog up to the summit of Dale Head. On a clear day there are stunning views from the delightfully crafted summit cairn at Dale Head towards Blencathra, Skiddaw and the fells around Newlands Valley. From Dale Head we now embark on the eastern leg of our circuit following the ridge path along Hindscarth Edge and the left hand path along Littledale Edge before veering right to the summit of Robinson – our final peak. The route back is then reasonably straightforward, traversing rough open moorland of High Snockrigg (which can offer spectacular sunset views over Red Pike) before starting out on a knee jarringly steep descent to the Newlands Road above the church.

We recommend that in the lead-up to this challenge, participants work on building up their stamina with weekly cardio-vascular exercise of a minimum of 1 hour per day, 5 days per week to build up their calf + quad muscles. We can help you prepare for this event – for  information about our  pre-selection / training day click here.

Itinerary

Stage 1

Peaks include Red Pike, High Stile, High Crag and Haystacks and we stop for food, topping up water and hot drinks at Honister Slate Mine.
Target time, 6 hours. Terrain – mixed broken and firmer ground with steep ascents and descents.

Stage 2

Peaks include Dale Head and Robinson.
Distance 23km overall, Ascent 1700m, Target time, 4 hours. Terrain – mostly grassy slopes and undulating ridge lines.


Key Information

  • Advance booking required, minimum 8 weeks notice
  • Minimum group size 8, or reduced number by prior arrangement
  • Bring your own biking and hiking gear, plus recreational clothing
  • We have First Aid and emergency equipment and are qualified to use it
  • Meeting point is Lodore Falls Hotel
  • We can arrange an extra transfer from Penrith Railway Station if required

Package Includes

  • One days walking with experienced and licensed guides
  • Accommodation for two nights
  • Breakfasts and packed lunches
  • Training guidance information
  • Personal kit list and advisory service
  • Support transportation as required
  • 2-way radio communication – all staff
  • Trekking poles and head torches if required
  • Cotswold Outdoor Voucher – 15% discount
  • Photographic highlights of your event uploaded to Dropbox 
  • Local information plus second to none service with passionate staff!

Duration: 1 Day

Activities: Walking

Suitable for: Charity fundraising and/or team building groups.

Comments: One of our most popular events and ideally suited for mixed ability groups offering a superb circular route with majestic panoramic views. Achievable in 9-10 hours the route also offers a great challenge for fitter teams aiming to do a sub 8 hour challenge.

Prices from: £225

Call: 017687 75337

Booking Enquiry

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15% off Cotswold voucher
Head torches and Trekking poles included
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From £275

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