A sultry winter's day in Buttermere

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Myself and 11 friends headed out to Buttermere amid concerns about Newlines and Honister passes being potentially blocked by the snow. Fortunately, the Honister Pass was pretty clear with just a few ice spots on the way down under the shadow of Fleetwith Pike, but nothing that a Volvo couldn't handle!

The weather was forecast to be 6c and wind less with cloud cover and it was pretty much spot on. The calm start from Hassness up Scarth Gap was pretty 'balmy' for a February morning. Butter mere is always peaceful but even more so on a quiet Friday morning in February.

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The view from Hassness towards Haystacks

The shadows on the still lake made for some lovely shots even if the tops were still shrouded in mist and fog.

As the day warmed up, the mist retreated and it made for good walking weather even if Jane, Milo, David and I were left behind as we snapped away at the scenes.

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Looking towards Crummock Water as the mist started to lift and reveal the mountain landscape

The pictures have a slightly monochrome effect due to the flat light, but I think it adds to the drama of the area and makes a change from all those lovely blue sky photographs we always see :)

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A 'classic' Buttermere view as we look towards Fleetwith Pike on the left and Haystacks on the right

I'm always a sucker for reflections and the magic texture of water so no surprise to see that there are some more...

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I love this view from Crag Wood at any time of the year. The water of Comb Beck can clearly be seen tumbling down to Buttermere, watched by High Crag and Chapel Crags to the right heading up to Red Pike

After coffee we headed over and up through Burtness Wood to Old Burtness and the track up to Red Pike. It would have been good to have climbed to Blueberry Tarn but the snow line and black ice became more prevalent at 240m so we made our lunch stop there just after the deer fence.

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Lunch stop looking over Crummock Water with Mellbreak on the left and Whiteless Pike on the right

Lunch stops are always an entertaining time, catching up on stories and funny anecdotes

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Lunch stop

After heading back down to Buttermere and an afternoon tea stop, it was a very pleasant walk along the lakeshore to Hassness. Another two routes done and 12 friends enjoying the day with Fix the Fells.

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The end of the day as the sun tries to break through the cloud.

Fix the Fells are a team of skilled rangers and volunteers who repair and maintain the mountain paths in the Lake District with funding from donations and partners. A combination of millions of pairs of walking boots, the weather and gradient means that erosion is a constant problem. Our path work reduces erosion scars and also helps protect the ecology and archeological heritage of our beautiful landscape. If you would like to help by making a donation of time or money, please see the website at www.fixthefells.co.uk

Malcolm Wade

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