Grisedale Pike

Grisedale Pike

Route: Grisedale Pike, Hopegill Head and Whiteside

Area: North Western Lake District

Date of walk: 6th April 2019

Walkers: Andrew and James

Distance: 6.2 miles

Ascent: 2,800 feet

Weather: sunny, rather hazy, still some lingering snow on the tops

Today’s walk was a linear one linking two valleys, the Vale of Keswick and Lorton Vale. In order to make that possible James 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, parking in a small car park just above the village of Braithwaite. The climb up the subsidiary hill of Kinn starts immediately and before long we were enjoying views back towards the Skiddaw fells and Keswick, although it was very hazy

It was easy going most of the way, although there is a steeper rockier section at the end of Sleet How, just below the summit of Grisedale Pike. There were still some snow patches lingering about on the tops, following the unseasonal weather earlier in the week

From the summit we followed the path above the awe inspiring chasm of Hobcarton Crag, which took us to the next fell, Hopegill Head

From the small summit on Hopegill Head we followed the thrilling narrow ridge to Whiteside east top, one of my favourite miles in lakeland. We made a short there and back detour to the west top to admire the view over Crummock Water (I’ve not shown this on the Maps Page, but the way is obvious and it’s only a 5 minute stroll). Having retraced our steps to the east top we descended the northern flank of the fell in the direction of Lorton Dodd. At the col in front of Dodd we turned right to follow the valley path, crossing Hope Beck to return to the car park at High Swinside

It had been a wonderful outing in perfect walking weather

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