Brandreth

Brandreth

Western Lake District

Route: Grey Knotts and Brandreth

Area: Western Lake District

Date of walk: 29th March 2014

Walkers: Andrew Gilly and David

Distance: 3.8 miles

Ascent: 1,500 feet

Weather: Some sunshine, windy on the tops and very hazy

We parked in the National Trust car park at the top of the Honister Pass, which gave us a leg up of over 1,000 feet. The Honister Slate Mine is based here and well worth a visit in its own right

The climb up to Grey Knotts started immediately. It was fairly steep with a few rocky sections, but quite straightforward

The half mile ridge walk across to Brandreth was a simple affair. The views from both tops were very hazy, so there was no point seeking out the place mentioned by Wainwright where ‘a stroll down by the west fence might well produce the most magnificent picture of the year’. Another time maybe…..

The views on the return route were similarly affected by the haze, but we all agreed that it had been an enjoyable walk

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