Coledale Hause touches the 2000ft asl mark by a mere whisker and in this compact area full of high fells and interlinking ridges, it offers the only realistic route straight through the fells between Lorton on one side and Braithwaite on the other. The two opposing sides of the pass really couldn't be more different. The Braithwaite side has a long level walk in with extensive views across open country, whereas Gasgale Gill is enclosed by the towering Whiteside ridge and the northern side of Grasmoor. Coledale is certainly the more picturesque, while Gasgale Gill is the more rugged and exciting of the two sides.
Gasgale Gill has some small but very attractive waterfalls which are well worth a few moments of any ones time.
Unlike most passes, the route across the highest section of Coledale Hause is not as clearly defined as you'd expect. If you actually stick to the available paths, this route does not maintain a straight line across the summit which could lead to the inexperienced walker inadvertently continuing up to Wandope Moss in poor visibility.