Grisedale Pike

Grisedale Pike

Route: Grisedale Pike, Hopegill Head and Whiteside

Area: North Western Lake District

Date of walk: 26th March 2022

Walkers: Andrew

Distance: 6.2 miles

Ascent: 2,800 feet

Weather: Mostly sunny, warm

Today’s walk was a linear one linking two valleys, the Vale of Keswick and Lorton Vale. In order to make that possible, either two cars or a lift are necessary. Mrs Andrewswalks kindly volunteered to drop me off at the start and to pick me up at the end, which is the small car park on the gated road near High Swinside. I was dropped off by the car park just above the village of Braithwaite. The climb up the subsidiary hill of Kinn starts immediately and before long I was enjoying views back towards the Skiddaw fells and Keswick

As I slogged up the slopes in very warm weather, I found myself being overtaken by a number of fell runners, and as I approached the summit their numbers increased. There must have been 200-300 runners in all. This wasn’t an issue, though I did have to keep well to the side to avoid obstructing their progress, which was a little tricky on the steep rocky section at the end of Sleet How, just below the summit of Grisedale Pike. I guessed that they would be running the Coledale Horseshoe, so that when I trended right to aim for Hopegill Head the runners would trend left towards Coledale Hause. This proved to be the case and I soon had the path back to myself

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

From the small summit on Hopegill Head I followed the thrilling narrow ridge to Whiteside east top, one of my favourite miles in lakeland. I then descended the northern flank of the fell in the direction of Lorton Dodd, and as I did so I spotted my taxi driver climbing up to meet me. Thanks Gilly. We climbed back down to the col in front of Dodd and we turned right to follow the valley path, fording 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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