30th September 2006

Broken Spectre on the North Western fells.


Walk Overview
Time 08.45 to 14 30
Duration 5 hr 45 min
Distance 10.2 mile
Ascent 4304 ft
Walking with On my own
Whinlatter Pass - Kinn - Grisedale Pike - Hopegill Head - Coledale Hause - Grasmoor - Crag Hill - Sail - Birkthwaite Beck - Coledale - 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

Just after the start of the walk and looking across to Bassenthwaite and Binsey.

The way ahead to Grisedale Pike.
I left home today intending to walk on some of the Eastern fells, but as I was driving past Braithwaite I could see these fells had quite a lot of sunshine and some nice cloud formations. I could tell from the valley that the conditions would be just right to see a Broken Spectre or two.

Not quite the best I've ever had, but still good to see.

Looking back down the ridge. This picture shows just what you should be looking out for to see a Broken Spectre. Sunshine on one side of the ridge and a wall of cloud on the other.

Grisedale Pike summit above the cloud.

And another picture looking back down. A couple of minutes after taking this photo the cloud had gone.

Sail, Crag Hill (Eel Crag) and Grasmoor's ridge, taken just below Grisedale Pike summit,

Grisedale Pike summit. The pointed fell towards the right of the picture is Hopegill Head.

Leaving Grisedale Pike. The route I took followed the wall and then along the edge of the ridge to Hopegill Head, on the right of the picture.

Another photo of Hopegill Head. This one taken from a little further along the path.

Sand Hill, Hopegill Head and Hobcarton Crags.

Looking along the Whiteside ridge from Hopegill Head summit.

A close up of Grisedale Pike with the Skiddaw Fells still under cloud.

Loweswater. taken from the route between Coledale Hause and Grasmoor. The fells to the left of the lake are Carling Knott and Burnbank Fell, to the right is Low Fell and Fellbarrow. The large fell on the right of the picture is Whiteside.

The view back to Grasmoor over Wandope Moss. from the path up to Crag Hill.

From Crag Hill summit you're greeted by one of the Lake Districts more spectacular views. The Skiddaw / Blencathra fells in the distance with the vale of Keswick, Braithwaite, Portinscale and Keswick in front. The ridge I followed to Grisedale Pike is on the left of the picture above Coledale and the fells on the right are Outerside and Barrow.

Crag Hill (Eel Crag) seen from Sail summit.

Lots of fells in view from here. Skiddaw Lesser Man, Lonscale Fell, Blencathra, Great Mell Fell, Clough Head and Great Dodd across the back of the photo. Latrigg, Walla Crag and Bleaberry Fell a little further forward and Outerside, Barrow, Scar Crags and Causey Pike in the foreground.

Looking down to force Crag mine and the head of Coledale, over this sheepfold I walked past on my route back down to valley level.

Coledale Beck with Blencathra in the distance.

Almost at the end of the walk now and another lovely view. This one towards Braithwaite and Keswick.

David Hall -
Lake District Walks