Grisedale Pike

Grisedale Pike

North Western Lake District

Route: Grisedale Pike, Hopegill Head and Whiteside

Area: North Western Lake District

Date of walk: 17th March 2016

Walkers: Andrew

Distance: 6.2 miles

Ascent: 2,800 feet

Weather: sun and cloudless blue skies, rather hazy

Today’s walk was a linear one and in order to make that possible Gilly and I drove in separate cars to the small car park near High Swinside. I left my car there and we then drove over the Whinlatter Pass. Gilly dropped me off at the foot of the pass, just above Braithwaite. The climb up the subsidiary hill of Kinn starts immediately and before long I was enjoying extensive views back towards the Skiddaw fells and Keswick

A steeper rockier section along Sleet How brought me to the summit of Grisedale Pike and from there I followed the path above the awe inspiring chasm of Hobcarton Crag, which took me to the next fell – Hopegill Head.

I then followed the wonderful narrow ridge from Hopegill Head to Whiteside east top, one of my favourite miles in lakeland. It was tempting to carry on along the ridge and visit the west top but the normally superlative views towards Crummock Water and the western fells were very hazy, so I descended the northern flank of the fell in the direction of Lorton Dodd. At the col in front of Dodd I turned right to follow the valley path, crossing Hope Beck just before reaching my car

It had been a wonderful outing in perfect walking weather

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