23rd June 2016

Grisedale Pike then lots of other fells

Time 7am to 1:40pm
Duration 6 hr 40 min
Distance 12 mile
Ascent Just a bit less than 5000 ft
Walking with Me and my thoughts
Just above Braithwaite - Kinn - Sleet How - Grisedale Pike - Hopegill Head - Sand Hill - Coledale Hause - Grasmoor - Wandope Moss - Wandope - Crag Hill - The Scar - Sail - Scar Crags - Causey Pike - High Moss - Outerside - Low Moss - Stile End - Coledale Beck - back to the car
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.
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



Is it just me or is time really flying past these days; whether you're a driver of a train or not. (younger visitors might not understand that bit)

O dear it's the 23rd of June again, and, I'm reminded that this time last year I acquired a zero. Ah well, I suppose there wa no use in crying over something I couldn't change. Although, that was exactly what I did last year when I was dreading it for weeks in advance, only to find that my predicted catastrophe of cataclysmic dimensions never actually happened. I'm not sure exactly what the catastrophe was going to be, but I was convinced there would be one. Now, 115 Lake District walks and about 860 miles later, that awful zero has painlessly turned into a less noticeable number one.

I admit losing the zero hasn't stopped me thinking about things though. Mainly I probably less time in front of me than there is behind; and that's a truth the hurts.

Anyway: rather than dwell on the on the negatives on this lovely summers day, I've decided that regardless of how long I've had the cup, today it is definitely half full, , , , or because of how this walk turned out it was actually full to the brim.

After seeing how sunny and clear it was on these fells I abandoned my original plan of walking on the Langdales and turned off the A66 to park up at the quarry car park just above Braithwaite. Despite the route being somewhat obvious, it was completely made up as I went along.


Binsey, Bassenthwaite Lake, Dodd and the Ullock Pike ridge seen over a sea of bracken on the lower slopes of Grisedale Pike.

It's still only about 10 past 7 and I gaze towards Grisedale Pike in the early morning sunshine.

Looking across to Stile End, Outerside, Causey Pike and Scar Crags. I'll be over there later but because I was making it up as I went along, I didn't know that when I took this picture.
Notice the landslide on the right hand side of the picture.

A hazy view across to the central / eastern fells.

Just about to begin the final walk up to the summit and I stop for a moment because blimey, it wasn't half hot work on here today (in a good way). In the distance are Crag Hill and Grasmoor.

A close up of Eel Crag / Crag Hill.

Grisedale Pike summit in front of Sail, Crag Hill and Grasmoor. Lovely cooling breeze up here.

Hopegill Head and Ladyside Pike.

A close up of Mellbreak and the end of Crummock Water.

From Hopegill Head I walk over Sand Hill, down to Coledale Hause (the flat bit ahead of me), half way up the path over there and the I turned right to get onto Grasmoor.

Grasmoor looking like a big bulk of a fell from the angle.

Looking back across to Hopegill Head and Grisedale Pike. There seemed to be a bit of cloud building up but strangely or perhaps luckily, I spent very little time walking in the shade.


Grasmoor summit, looking towards the Cumbrian coast.

Most of Crummock Water is visible from the small cairn just across from the summit.

Wandope summit in front of Crag Hill. Behind on the left are Hopegill Head and Sand Hill.

And without clicking the camera on route, I arrive at the top of Crag Hill.


Here's Wandope (on the left) and Crag Hill (the bigger one). That path doesn't look very steep from here.

At the top of Sail I look across to Whiteside, Hopegill Head and Grisedale Pike.

Yeah I know, it's awful isn't it?

On Scar Crags I look ahead to Causey Pike.

and then, I decide to look back to Scar Crags.

A Causey Pike view of Bassenthwaite Lake, Derwent Water, Keswick and the northern fells. It was here that I saw the first people since setting off at 7 o'clock.

From Causey Pike I double back a bit to pick up the path that takes you down to High Moss.

With quite a few options available it was here that I had to decide which way I want to go next. After thinking out loud for a minute or so I thought why not visit Outerside and Stile End again; making it two walks in a row.

2nd walk in a row and here's the view from the top of Outerside.

At Stile End I had the bright idea of cutting across to the track you can see down there on the left instead of walking through Braithwaite. The route itself was straightforward but the short bit from the beck to the track was far from easy.

Crossing Coledale Beck was the easy bit, getting up to the Force Crag mine track was harder than I thought it would be. Bracken, nettles, thistles, very steep and not the firmest ground I've ever walked on.

Back to normality.

What a fantastic walk, what fantastic weather and what a fantastic way to advance from zero to one.
Hopefully you can all tune in on 23rd June next year when the one becomes a two.

David Hall -
Lake District Walks