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High Stile Ridge in Winter is a 8.6 mile loop trail located near Cockermouth, Cumbria, England that features a lake and is rated as moderate. The trail is primarily used for hiking, walking, nature trips, and bird watching.

Distance: 8.6 miles Elevation Gain: 2,890 feet Route Type: Loop


nature trips


bird watching



wild flowers


A winter's traverse of the High Stile Ridge from Red Pike to High Crag is always a delight. The route chosen to reach Red Pike from Buttermere is however a little on the wayward side. An alternative to the normal route via Bleaberry Tarn. After crossing Scale Bridge and following the path towards Scale Force a slight track was followed up through the trees besides Near Ruddy Beck. This emerges to reach a gap in the fell wall. The track from there crosses an area of very thick heather in Ling Comb. It was followed without incident to meet up with the ridge path along Lingcomb Edge. Following along the edge gives impressive views over Crummock Water towards Grasmoor. It is a steep final ascent to Red Pike. There follows the classic route via High Style to High Crag with sustained interest all along the way. The descent is via Gamlin End to Seat to reach Scarth Gap for the return to Buttermere.

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