Hopegill Head

Western Lake District

Route: Whiteside and Hopegill Head

Area: Western Lake District

Date of walk: 6th April 2015

Walkers: Andrew and Gilly

Distance: 8.3 miles

Weather: Sun, blue skies – and a cloud inversion

There were patches of low mist in Lorton Vale, but the cloud base was low and thin and the conditions looked just right for a cloud inversion. We started the walk from home and walked along the lane to Miller Place (anyone else following this highly recommended route could start from Lanthwaite Green or Swinside)

We climbed up Whiteside via Dodd and its ridge, very easy though the huff and puff factor is quite high. When we emerged onto the summit ridge we made a short detour to the western top of the fell. As we’d hoped, there was a cloud inversion and the conditions were fantastic. We could see as far as Criffel in Scotland across a sea of cloud

We left the west top of Whiteside to walk along the wonderful ridge to Hopegill Head, one of my favourite miles in lakeland. The views from the airy top of Hopegill Head were wonderful and having savoured them for a while we descended down Sand Hill to Coledale Hause

Our descent route to valley level took us along Gasgale Gill, following Liza Beck and a series of cascades all the way down. The path is eroded in parts and there was a risk (to dignity rather than life) of slipping down into the beck at times. Having reached Lanthwaite Green we followed the path along Lorton Vale back to the start

It had been a red letter day

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