Route: Grasmoor, Wandope and Whiteless Pike

Area: North Western Lake District

Date of walk: 16th April 2021

Walkers: Andrew and James

Distance: 7.1 miles

Ascent: 2,900 feet

Weather: Mixed sunshine and cloud

We parked in the small car park at Cinderdale Common, from where the climb up the Lad Hows ridge starts immediately. It’s important to keep to the right of Cinderdale Beck, which is best forded at the very start. 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 although it was rather hazy we could make out many of lakeland’s finest fells, including the Scafells looking south and the Helvellyn range looking east

We retraced our steps from the summit for a short distance and then descended to Wandope Moss. From here 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. It’s a worthwhile diversion and there were more wonderful views from here

From Wandope we descended to Whiteless Edge, a narrow but safe ridge leading to the last summit of the day, 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 were coming into leaf, but won’t be in flower until May. To see photos of this spectacle click here. At the end of Rannerdale it was a simple short stroll back to Cinderdale Common

The weather was perfect for fellwalking today – sunshine, clouds and a cooling breeze on the tops helped to make this a special day

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