17th November 2005

Sunrise and the Coledale skyline.


Walk Overview
Time 07.15 to 13.45
Duration 6 hr 30 min
Distance 10.8 mile
Ascent 4626 ft
Walking with On my own
Whinlatter Pass - Grisedale Pike - Coledale Hause - Grasmoor - Wandope - Eel Crag - Sail - Outerside - Barrow - Braithwaite - Whinlatter Pass
Fells visited
Directory places visited

Starting Point Information Centre
Car park, Whinlatter Pass, above Braithwaite

This isn't a very big car park, but it is perhaps the most obvious starting point for a walk up the north east ridge onto Grisedale Pike, so consequently it fills up early in the day. When this happens people simply start to park along the roadside below the car park. The alternative would be to park in Braithwaite itself.


Route Map

Looking across a very frosty vale of Keswick.
Because of this mornings good weather forecast I had an early start with the hope of seeing a nice sunrise. I thought, if I start walking about half an hour before sunrise I'd get to the corner of the fence at the bottom of the Grisedale Pike ridge in time to see it. After standing there for ten minutes I wasn't disappointed.

Sunrise over the Eastern fells.

Taken from the same place and at the same time as the previous picture, but looking in the opposite direction up the Grisedale Pike ridge.

A minute or so later, looking back towards the Skiddaw fells and Blencathra.

The Skiddaw fells and Blencathra again; this time from Grisedale Pike summit.

Hopegill Head, Whiteside and Ladyside Pike taken just below Grisedale Pike summit.

Looking back to Grisedale Pike.

Crummock Water, Mellbreak and the Loweswater fells from Grasmoor Summit.

Loweswater again from Grasmoor.

Eel Crag and Sail from Wandope.

Eel Crag summit.

From Sail with Outerside and Barrow on the bottom left and Scar Crags and Causey Pike bottom middle. The route I took from here went down to the lowest point on the path in the front of the picture, I then turned left (into the shade) and then onto Outerside and Barrow.

Looking ahead to Barrow from Outerside.

The view from Barrow summit.
The fells on the left are Latrigg and Blencathra. Keswick and Derwent Water in the middle of the picture. Behind the lake is Walla Crag and behind that are Clough Head, Great Dodd and Watson's Dodd. The small fell near the back is Great Mell Fell and the Pennines can be seen running across the back of the photo.

Braithwaite and Bassenthwaite Lake from the route off Barrow.

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