North Western Lake District

Route: Lanthwaite to Braithwaite via Coledale Hause

Area: North Western Lake District

Date of walk: 10th May 2014

Walkers: Andrew

Distance: 6.2 miles

Weather: mostly drizzle and rain, a few dry spells

The Mountain Weather Information Service predicted a 10% chance of cloud free summits today – not good odds – so I hedged my bets and decided to walk up to Coledale Hause, a good launch pad for the higher fells but if they were in cloud I could give them a miss and simply walk down the other side of the Hause. Either way, I would be walking across a mountain range from one valley to another, an exciting prospect

Gilly dropped me off at Lanthwaite Green in order to make this linear walk possible. I climbed up Gasgale Gill and found a couple of the early sections quite tricky, where the path had been washed away and hands were needed at times to make progress

Once I reached Coledale Hause it was decision time – should I climb up to Grisedale Pike and down from there, or simply descend along Coledale Beck? A glance at the surrounding murk made me decide on the latter, so I made the easy but long descent down Coledale and back into Braithwaite, where Gilly’s Taxis were waiting for me. What excellent service

The photos that follow reflect the rather gloomy weather, sorry to say

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