Route: Grasmoor, Wandope and Whiteless Pike

Area: North Western Lake District

Date of walk: 28th May 2019

Walkers: Andrew and Gilly

Distance: 7.1 miles

Ascent: 2,900 feet

Weather: Mixed sunshine and cloud, with a shower half way through

We parked in the small car park at Cinderdale Common, from where the climb up the Lad Hows ridge starts immediately. There is no respite from the ascent, though it’s fairly easy going until the last steepish section to the summit of Grasmoor, which seems to go on forever

The views from the summit of Grasmoor were superb, and we could clearly see across the Solway Firth into Scotland looking north, and many of lakeland’s finest fells, including the Scafells, looking south 

We retraced our steps from the summit for a short distance and then descended to Wandope Moss, stopping to chat briefly to some volunteers from Fix the Fells who were were hard at work repairing a drainage channel. Without their efforts, some of these paths would unpassable. After thanking them for their sterling work we made the easy ascent of Wandope. Although this constitutes a diversion from the path to Whiteless Pike, it’s only a 5 minute one. Despite that, it wasn’t really worth the effort today as the weather suddenly closed in, with a passing rain shower borne on a  bitingly cold wind from the north

From Wandope we descended to Whiteless Edge, enjoying some wonderful views of the surrounding fells along the way, before the last ascent of the day to the top of Whiteless Pike

We then descended, quite steeply at times, to the junction at the head of Rannerdale. Having turned sharp right here it was an easy walk down High Rannerdale back to the start. The famous bluebells had by now gone over, but to see photos of this spectacle in one of my recent walks, click here. At the end of Rannerdale it was a simple short stroll back to Cinderdale Common

Apart from the shower half way through, the weather was perfect for fellwalking today – good visibility, sunshine and clouds and a cooling breeze on the tops helped to make this a special day

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