Grisedale Pike

Grisedale Pike

North Western Lake District

Route: Grisedale Pike, Hopegill Head and Whiteside

Area: North Western Lake District

Date of walk: 20th October 2016

Walkers: Andrew James and Jason

Distance: 8.5 miles

Weather: Mixed cloud and sun, often misty on the tops

Today’s linear walk was a high level one linking the villages of Braithwaite at one end of the Whinlatter Pass and Lorton on the other. We left one car in Lorton and then drove over the Whinlatter Pass and parked the other in one of the car parks on the outskirts of Braithwaite. The Honister Rambler bus service would be a good alternative for anyone not using two cars

We followed the path up Kinn and along Sleet How to the summit of Grisedale Pike. The visibility had been good up to this point but at the summit it misted over and from this point we had mixed weather, though always dry and with little or no wind

There were glimpses of the dramatic view down Hobcarton Crags as we made our way over to Hopegill Head, and from there we followed the wonderful ridge to Whiteside – one of my favourite miles in lakeland. After a picnic on the west top of Whiteside we retraced our steps to the east top and made the easy descent off the fell via Lorton Dodd

Near the bottom of Dodd we forded Hope Gill and followed the path through High Swinside, Scales and Boonbeck and from there to journey’s end in Lorton – a wonderful walk which I can highly recommend

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