I had not even considered the fact that it had snowed quite a bit overnight and most of the western fells had a snow covering. We parked at Gatesgarth Farm and headed over the path towards Peggy's Bridge, saying 'hello' to an old friend on the way:
Heading up Scarth Gap Pass path, I was able to see the work I had been involved in the day before - clearing rocks and other debris from the drainage channels that run across the path.
looking back down the path towards Buttermere, three drains visible
in the other direction, Haystacks
Fleetwith Pike, our planned descent place - we ended up making a snow adjustment and coming down the track you can just make out on this side at the bottom.
Haystacks and Fleetwith Pike from the climb up Scarth Gap Pass
tough part of the path, nearing the top now
looking back up towards High Crag, Seat in the foreground
from the crossroads, looking up towards Haystacks
Buttermere and Crummock Water below
up on one of the haystacks
looking down the Ennerdale valley towards Ennerdale Water
cloud coming in
same view without the view
heading down towards the famous tarn
Jonathan(s) - the left hand Jonathan under what looks like Kirk Fell across Ennerdale valley
back towards Haystacks
view back down the Buttermere valley
the bloke on the left here was the first of a party of two who had no idea where they were going. We pointed them towards Honister Slate mine on the clear track.
heading up towards Brandreth, little window of visibility between the cloud and the snow
I wasn't entirely sure that this was the summit of Brandreth so I checked on the Striding Edge website and was amused to see that on a walk from 2004, the same roll of fence posts was already there - at least eight years and counting then.
heading over to Grey Knotts - Knott a lot of visibility (groan!)
top of Grey Knotts
The path towards the old tramway is just about visible below. Fleetwith Pike is in the middle. At this point we made the decision to miss out Fleetwith Pike due to a combination of snow and snow blindness. We'll bag that one after work one night.
Cloud has lifted over the High Stile - Red Pike ridge
onto the old mine track
inside Dubbs Bothy - quite a mess to be honest
back down below the snow and cloud, classic Buttermere view
back up to Haystacks
back at the car, one last look at Haystacks (note blue skies)