24th July 2005

One of my favorite ridges, a seldom visited fell and a walk above Lorton Vale.


Walk Overview
Time 09.05 to 12.55
Duration 3 hr 50 min
Distance 6.6 mile
Ascent 2956 ft
Walking with On my own
Lanthwaite - Whiteside - Gasgale Crags - Hopegill Head - Ladyside Pike - Hope Gill - Above Lorton Vale - Lanthwaite
Fells visited
Directory places visited

Starting Point Information Centre
Car park, Lanthwaite Green

A reasonable sized car park that tends to be quite popular, although having said that, this is somewhere I've never failed to get parked. Presumably the occupants of most of the cars would head straight across to the steep ridge up to Whiteside or the Gasgale Gill route up to Coledale Hause.

Parking Is free.


Route Map

From the footbridge over Liza Beck looking across to the Low Fell and Fellbarrow ridge.

Mellbreak behind Crummock Water and Lanthwaite Green Farm.

Mellbreak and Crummock Water again, this time taken from the path above Whin Ben.
This picture shows the cloud already starting to build up over the other fells. Luckily I managed to stay in sunshine for the whole walk.

Looking back along the ridge towards Whiteside.

Almost from the same place, but this time showing Gasgale Gill, Crummock Water and some of the Loweswater fells.

Ladyside Pike from Hopegill Head summit.

Ladyside Pike summit.

From a little further along, looking down the remains of the ridge wall.
Greystones is the fell on the right of the picture.

Low Fell and Fellbarrow seen across Lorton Vale.
At the bottom of Hope Gill I turned left and followed a lovely lower level path that runs above Lorton Vale and back to Lanthwaite. Surprisingly I met a few other people in the Hope Gill area, but once I got to this path I had the route to myself.

Looking down Lorton Vale towards Lorton.

From the roadside at the end of the walk, looking across Lanthwaite Green up to Whin Ben and Whiteside. Almost all the other fells were out of site under cloud and haze by now. These seem to have been the only ones with the sun still shining on them.

David Hall -
Lake District Walks