19th May 2011

A surprise meeting on a walk over Grisedale Pike


Walk Overview
Time 14.00 to 18.00
Duration 4 hr
Distance 6.8 mile
Ascent 2500 ft
Walking with On my own, , , until I met Jill, Nigel and Neil above Force Crag Mine
Whinlatter Pass road - Kin - Lanty Well - Sleet How - Grisedale Pike - Coledale Hause - sheepfold below Eel Crag - near Force Crag Mine - path above Coledale Beck back to 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

The last few weeks hadn't exactly been great as far as the weather goes, so with the prospect of at least some blue sky and sunshine I grabbed the chance of a walk this afternoon. Because it was a spur if the moment decision, I had no thoughts at all about where to walk and it was therefore a case of jumping in the car and seeing what took my fancy.

What I hadn't expected was to bump into three people I know all at the same time. Jill and Nigel who are in the Lakes on holiday and we'd planned to walk tomorrow anyway, and Neil, who was in the Lakes for a few days and by coincidence, we were intending to walk on Saturday.

It doesn't take long to gain height on this walk and before you know it, you're enjoying views like this one of the northern fells.

Bassenthwaite Lake and Binsey.

Wide open views showing Braithwaite, Keswick, Latrigg, Great Mell Fell, Clough Head, The Dodds, Walla Crag, Bleaberry Fell, High Seat and anything else you care to pick out.


The corner of he fence gives a bit of foreground interest for a picture looking up the rest of the ridge.

Much further up the ridge now, and although this picture doesn't show it, the route gets a lot steeper.

Scar Crags, Sail and Crag Hill. The path running down the fell opposite is the one I followed later in the walk.

Looking back down the ridge to the northern fells, Keswick, Derwent Water, clough Head and in the distance, Great Mell Fell.

Just below Grisedale Pike summit and looking across to the Whinlatter / Lord's Seat fells.

Leaving Grisedale Pike with a view of Hopegill Head (right) and the bulk of Grasmoor filling the centre of the picture.

A view back up to Grisedale Pike.

Heading along the path which links Hobcarton Crags and Coledale Hause. A good way to 'cut the corner' if you're not walking onto Hopegill Head or Sand Hill.

Now I'm on the zigzag path that leads down to Coledale, , , , but first, I'm going to walk below the line of scree (on the right) to get some pictures of a sheepfold. It looks like a level walk from this angle, although as we all know, looks can be deceiving.



Objective reached and time for something to eat.

While I was making short work of a pasta salad, I took this close up of the old mine buildings high up on the fellside below Sand Hill.

And just to give an idea of where the buildings are, here's a not so close up picture. That's Sand Hill on the left and Grisedale Pike on the right.

I didn't realise it when I took this picture, but the people walking down the zigzag section of path on the left were Neil Haslewood and Jill & Nigel Batchellor. In fact, I didn't realise it was them until I spotted Jill waving and trying to catch my attention. It just goes to show you never know who's watching you, , , it's a good job I wasn't up to no good.

Force Crag Mine.

Crossing Coledale Beck.

A view back along the track showing Sail and Crag Hill.


The track follows a route around the side of the fell and leads back to the small car park where I'd set off from. It can also be used as a route back into Braithwaite. From the car park it's only a five minute walk down the road into the village.

The roof tops of Braithwaite.
Notice how nice and green everything is looking now.

David Hall -
Lake District Walks