Thursday 1 September 2011

Whiteside and Beyond - A Week in Cumbria - Day 6.

We had our regular walk around High Stand Wood and lakes before breakfast, and then set out for a day on the Fells. The weather was set fair.

Whiteside, Hopegill Head and Grasmoor.

Views to Buttermere and Red Pike from near Grassmoor End

We set off with a couple of other groups of walkers making for Whiteside. One group we soon left behind, the other group yomped off ahead and we spent the day catching up with them and then falling behind.

A warm, humid and hazy day, but we still enjoyed the views, if not the heat.

Gasgale Gill

Ascent of Whin Ben

Whiteside from ascent of Whin Ben

Looking back at Whin Ben from ascent of Whiteside - Views to Crummock Water and Mellbreak
A steep ascent through beautiful purple heather to Whin Ben and then to Whiteside.

Gasgale Gill and Coledale Hause from ascent of Whiteside

Prostrate juniper on Whiteside

Whiteside ridge and Hopegill Head

Grassmoor, Gasgale Gill and Crummock Water

It was very different to our last time on the summit. Two Augusts ago, we summitted Whiteside from Dodd, in thick mist with about 10m visability. The rocks had been wet and slick, and the strong gusty wind had us imagining falls from the "ridge" to a sticky end far below in the abyss we couldn't see. Not today. Great views of the ridge ahead.

Whiteside ridge to Hopegill Head - Rafe and Hal

We had our lunch near the West Top, just out of the wind.

Whiteside ridge - Jim and Freddie

An entertaining ridge followed with great views. We had a second lunch at waterfalls on Liza Beck near Coledale Hause.

Summit of Hopegill Head
Grasmoor, Gasgale Gill and Whiteside ridge

Coledale Hause and Crag Hill

Liza Beck in Gasgale Gill

We took a route up Grasmoor away from the paths, around the crags. It was very windy on the summit, but once again with amazing views right across the Lake District.

Hopegill Head, Sand Hill and Grisedale Pike from ascent of Grassmoor

Views north from Grassmoor

Grassmoor summit plateau

 A steep descent through glorious heather again on Lad Hows. 

Descent to Lad Hows - Views to Whiteless Pike

Lad Hows

Views south east from Lad Hows to Rannerdale Knotts, Buttermere and beyond

Grassmoor from Cinderdale Common

A short walk alongside the road took us back to the car and an ice cream in Buttermere.


Route: Car park at roadside (NY160199), road north to footpath (NY159208) at Liza Beck, Whin Ben (418m), Whiteside West Top (Birkett 134, 707m), Whiteside East Top (Wainwright 84, Birkett 126, 719m), Gasgale Crags (Birkett 137, 703m), Hopegill Head (Wainwright 53, Birkett 82, 770m), Sand Hill (Birkett 93, 756m), Grasmoor (Wainwright 20, Birkett 27, 852m), Lad Hows (Birkett 419, 426m), descend to road and start.

Statistics:  Distance:  11 km  Ascent:  1050m  Time:  5 hours

Another evening dog walk arounh High Stand Woods finished us off for the day.

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