8th October 2004

Eleven North Western fells.


Walk Overview
Time 07.15 to 14.45
Duration 7 hr 30 min
Distance 13.9 mile
Ascent 6617 ft
Walking with On my own
Causey Pike - Scar Crags - Sail - Crag Hill - Wandope - Whiteless Pike - Grasmoor - Hopegill Head - Grisedale Pike - Outerside - Barrow
Fells visited
Directory places visited

Starting Point Information Centre
Roadside next to Stoneycroft Gill

There is only room for a couple of cars here, but it does offer a convenient starting point for the fells around the Causey Pike area.

Despite the fact that I generally try to park here, if I'm honest, a much better (less lazy) option is to use the larger car park further down the valley in the braithwaite direction. It doesn't add much onto the walk and at least your car is completely off the road.


Route Map

Early morning sunshine on Barrow and the Skiddaw fells.
It was an early start this morning for a long walk in the North Western fells.

Looking over Outerside and Barrow towards the Skiddaw fells, from just below Causey Pike summit.

From Causey Pike summit with Scar Crags, Sail and Crag Hill which was still under cloud.

Grisedale Pike from Sail summit.

Grisedale Pike again, but this time from Crag Hill summit.

Wandope Moss and some of the Western fells.
Instead of continuing straight to Grasmoor from here I took the path around to the left of the picture and included Wandope and Whiteless Pike in the route.

Sand Hill with Hopegill Head behind from Wandope summit.

Mellbreak and Crummock from the cairn between Wandope Moss and Whiteless Pike.

Loweswater with Low Fell on the right and Burnbank Fell and Carling Knott on the left. Taken from Grasmoor summit.
It was very cold on Grasmoor to day, the first time since spring that I've needed to use gloves.

Looking back along the path across Grasmoor's broad ridge.

Sand Hill and Hopegill Head from the route down to Coledale Hause.

From Cauldale Hause looking down the length of Coledale. The fells on the left under the cloud are the Skiddaw fells. The fell towards the right of the picture at the back is Blencathra.
This was the start of another addition to an already strange route that most people wouldn't take. My original intention was to start walking down to Coledale, but turn up to Outerside before reaching the old mines. As it was such a nice day I thought why not include Hopegill Head and Grisedale Pike. This made the walk very tiring but well worth the effort.

Ladyside Pike from Hopegill Head summit.

The Whiteside ridge also from Hopegill Head summit.

Hopegill Head and Hobcarton Crags from the route across to Grisedale Pike.

Grisedale Pike summit looking towards the Skiddaw fells and Blencathra.

The disused Reservoir above Force Crag.
My favorite place to stop for something to eat whenever I'm on a walk in this area.

Force Crag taken from the route up to Outerside.

From Outerside looking over Barrow and Derwent Water. The fell on the opposite side of the lake is Walla Crag. The fells in the distance are Clough Head and the Dodds leading across to the Helvellyn fells.

The Skiddaw fells from the small un-named tarn on Low Moss.
The paths can be confusing between Outerside and Barrow, but as long as you don't start to drop down from the ridge and you keep walking in the same direction you will eventually reach the path that leads to Barrow summit.

Derwent Water, Walla Crag, Clough Head and the Dodds this time from Barrow summit.

The Skiddaw fells, Blencathra and Latrigg from Barrow summit.

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