GPS Cycle and Walking Routes

High Stile Walk

7 miles (12 km)

This walk climbs to the summit of High Stile in the Lake District. The walk follows the High Stile Ridge taking in theButtermere fells of Red Pike, High Stile andHigh Crag. It's a challenging walk with a steep ascent and descent, but you are rewarded with fabulous views over the surrounding lakes and the North Western Fells.
The walk starts in Buttermere, passing the lake before climbing Red Pike via the pretty Bleaberry Tarn. From the summit of Red Pike there are wonderful views over a number of lakes including Derwentwater,Buttermere,Crummock Water,Ennerdale WaterandLoweswater.
The route then climbs to the summit of High Stile, passing Chapel Crags. The summit is 807metres (2,648ft) high and has two main cairns side by side. The walk then continues to the 744m (2,441ft) High Crag. From here there are views ofGreat Gable and theScafells withSkiddawand theHelvellyn range in the distance. From High Crag you descend to Scarth Gap and then to the shores of Buttermere via Buttermere Fell. The final waterside section takes you along Buttermere Lake to the finish point at Buttermere Village.

High Stile OS Map - Mobile GPS OS Map with Location tracking

High Stile Open Street Map - Mobile GPS Map with Location tracking


The Fish Inn in Butteremere village is a lovely place to go for some post walk refreshment. The inn has an interesting history being one of the oldest inns in the Lake District. They do good food and there's a comfy lounge with sofas and a fireplace to relax in indoors. There's also seating outside with fabulous views of the surrounding fells. You can easily find it in the village at postcode CA13 9XA.
The Bridge Inn is also located right in the village. There's another fine garden area with one of the best views in England here.

Cycle Routes and Walking Routes Nearby


Buttermere - - 286845

Buttermere village. View past the Fish to Dodd, a little mentioned 2000' top of High Stile

Sour Milk Gill with Dodd behind - - 320312

Sour Milk Gill with Dodd behind. View up Sour Milk Gill, showing typical vegetation at this elevation of heather with occasional stunted trees, including larch and rowan. One of many waterfalls on the stream can be seen. The popular footpath up the Gill is just visible on the left, showing the stone steps to reduce erosion damage. The hill behind is Dodd

High Stile - - 290360

High Stile. The ridge dividing Buttermere and Ennerdale. Approach from Red Pike. The summit is not visible, it is on a side ridge to the north.

View of Red Pike from the ascent of High Stile - - 320319

View of Red Pike from the ascent of High Stile. View northwards along the broad grassy ridge joining High Stile (foreground) with Red Pike inNY1615. The reddish tinge to the ridge connecting Red Pike with Dodd (right) is clearly visible from this view. Bleaberry Tarn lies in the hollow between the two ridges. In the distance, Crummock Water is just visible (right).

Red Pike and Bleaberry Tarn - - 216929

Red Pike and Bleaberry Tarn. The reddish soil that presumably gives Red Pike its name is in evidence here

Comb Crags - - 782556

Comb Crags. Crags at the top of Burtness Comb on the ridge between High Stile and High Crag. In the background are the Scafell Pikes to the right and Great Gable to the left of centre. Kirk Fell is the sunlit fell below the skyline. The Langdale Pikes are in the far distance to the left.

High Crag - - 782576

High Crag

Looking down on Seat - - 879446

Looking down on Seat. The path down from High Crag that leads to Seat is quite steep and rubble-strewn.

Elevation Profile


GPS Files

GPX File

High Stile.gpx (On Desktop:Right Click>'Save As. On Ipad/Iphone:Click and hold>Share>Save to Files')

Memory Map Route

High Stile.mmo (On Desktop:Right Click>'Save As. On Ipad/Iphone:Click and hold >Share>Save to Files)