27th February 2016

Grasmoor via the Lad Hows Ridge and then some more

Time 9:05am to 2:35pm
Duration 5 hr 30 min
Distance 7.6 mile
Ascent 3800 ft - - - more or less
Walking with Rod Hepplewhite
Cinderdale Common - Lad Hows - Grasmoor - Crag Hill - Wandope Moss - Wandope - Whiteless Edge - Whiteless Pike - Whiteless Breast - Low Bank - Rannerdale Knotts - Rannerdale - Cinderdale Common
Fells visited
Directory places visited

Starting Point Information Centre -
Car park, Cinderdale Common
There are a couple of small car park areas along Cinderdale Common. They're all free and offer easy access to Rannerdale, where during late spring the display of blue bells is simply outstanding.

Weather Readings

The Gadget
All readings were taken using a Kestrel 2000 Weather Meter
Live temperature recorded at the time I press the hold key
Maximum Wind Speed Maximum wind speed since the weather meter was turned on at each location Average Wind Speed
Average wind speed since the weather meter was turned on at each location
Wind Chill
Combination of wind speed and temperature. The gadget does the calculations not me.

Route Map


Although it was about 8:30 when I took this photo and dawn had broken some time ago, the light was lovely as the sun found its way between the gap in the fells behind me. Yes, the forecasters had promised a bright, sunny morning and thankfully they were right.

Almost ready to set off and we look up the bottom section of the Lad Hows ridge. There are a couple of different ways you can get into the ridge but today, we crossed the beck down here, turned left and then followed the beck up past the tree (look carefully it is there).

With a little bit of height gained we look back for view across Crummock to Mellbreak.

On our right hand side you see Rannerdale Knotts in front of Red Pike and the High Stile ridge.

Looking up the higher half of the Lad Hows ridge as it curves it's way up to the top of Grasmoor. Doesn't look very steep from here.

And now a view back down. On t'other side of the lake is Mellbreak with Starling Dodd and Great Borne to the left / behind.

Not far off the top of Lad Hows now and I look across the scree to get a glimpse of Crag Hill (the one with the snow on).

Grasmoor summit shelter and indeed the whole summit area was deserted while we were here today.

The top of Grisedale Pike the the northern fells are seen as we make our way across the top of Grasmoor.

Here's a bit more of Grisedale Pike, the Skiddaw fells in the far distance and Crag Hill up on the right.

Looking back to Grasmoor as we did out out and back to Crag Hill.

Well, it looks like the trig column on Crag Hill has finally gave in and came apart. It seems like it's fallen off the base and someone has stood it back up a couple of feet away from its proper home. Actually, I think it cane down a while ago but regrettably I haven't been up here in the last couple of years.

Crag Hill seen from Wandope.

We make our way towards Whiteless Pike along the short section of ridge you see here. While I was here I couldn't help but think if this continued all the way as far as Red Pike / High Stile it would be just about the finest ridge in Lakeland. That would of course mean loosing Rannerdale Knotts, making a mess of Crummock Water and the drive from home to Buttermere would be much harder. I guess nature got it just right.

Turning around we see the route back up to Wandope, Grasmoor on our lift and in the far distance (right), you have Causey Pike.

Looking down to Rannerdale Knotts.

From the route down Whiteside you get a great view into Sale Beck (valley) and across to Knott Rigg / Ard Crags. Again, that's Causey Pike in the distance.

And as if by magic, we find ourselves in the grassy ridge of Rannerdale Knotts looking across to Buttermere. Here we commented on how we'd had the best of the days weather when we first set out this morning.

Rannerdale Knotts summit.

Crummock Water and Loweswater seen from the steep end of Rannerdale Knotts.

Although we're parked just on the other side of the farm down there we thought it would be nice to take the slightly longer route back so we could see the bluebells which, as the sign tells us "are an historic feature of Rannadale".

Typical, , , , not a bluebell in sight, never mind, you do get a good view of Whiteless Pike from here. Perhaps it'll be a bit more blue around here in May.

Not today there wasn't but it shouldn't be long until there are.

David Hall -
Lake District Walks