5th June 2007

A warm walk up Whiteside


Walk Overview
Time 13.15 to 17.50
Duration 4 hr 35 min
Distance 7.3 mile
Ascent 2600 ft
Walking with Jennifer
Lanthwaite Green - Whin Ben - Whiteside - Hopegill Head - Ladyside Pike - Hope Gill - Above Lorton Vale - Lanthwaite Green
Fells visited
Directory places visited

Starting Point Information Centre
Car park, Lanthwaite Green

A reasonable sized car park that tends to be quite popular, although having said that, this is somewhere I've never failed to get parked. Presumably the occupants of most of the cars would head straight across to the steep ridge up to Whiteside or the Gasgale Gill route up to Coledale Hause.

Parking Is free.


Route Map

A couple of minutes after the start of the walk we reached Liza Beck which flows out of Gasgale Gill. A slight confusion with the names I know, but Liza Beck is the "stream" and Gasgale Gill is the "place". After crossing the bridge we followed the diagonal path running up to the left of the picture.

It was wall to wall sunshine in this area of the Lakes today and far too nice to miss the change of getting on the fells. The walk we opted for took us from Lanthwaite Green, up the steep fellside to Whiteside, where we then followed one of my favourite ridge walks across to Hopegill Head before taking the short but VERY STEEP path down to Ladyside Pike; rounding off the walk with a lovely walk back to the car along a route just above Lorton Vale.

The Loweswater end of Lorton Vale with Low Fell and Fellbarrow on the opposite side of the valley.

And looking a little further round towards Loweswater itself.

Much steeper now on the last section below Whiteside.

A bit of a hazy view down to Lorton, the coastal plain and the Solway. Notice the bank of cloud in the distance; thankfully for me, a long way off.

"Now this is much easier". Heading across the ridge between Whiteside and Hopegill Head (the end of the path).

Sail, Crag Hill (Eel Crag) and Coledale Hause seen from the Whiteside Ridge. The gill in the photo is the top section of Gasgale Gill.

And another view across the ridge. The fell just to the left of Hopegill Head is Grisedale Pike.

Hopegill Head summit with Grisedale Pike behind.

From here we took the extremely steep path down to Ladyside Pike. The steepest section doesn't last very long at all, and although there are plenty of foot holds, it is down a smooth rock slab which is not a route I'd recommend during icy or wet conditions. Today however, the route was perfectly manageable; with a little care and attention that is.
First though, , ,

, , a picture from the summit looking across Sand Hill to Sail and Crag Hill and also, , ,

, , a close up of Causey Pike, a short section of the Central Ridge and a longer section of the Eastern Ridge.

Ladyside Pike taken at the bottom of the steepest section of the path and (some may disagree) looking similar to the view of Catstye Cam from Swirral Edge.

Ladyside Pike is a fine fell, but with being stuck out on the edge of the range so to speak, it seems to be left well alone by the majority of walkers. A shame really, as many of these lesser known fells are just as enjoyable to visit as their more famous neighbours.

From Ladyside Pike we followed the ruined ridge wall as far as the corner in the wall before turning left and heading down to the sheepfold in Hope Gill.

A close up picture of Hopegill Head. The route we took from the summit was just to the right of the skyline.

Walking next to Hope Beck towards Lorton Vale.

We were almost down to valley level now where this picture shows the stark contrast between the green of the new Bracken and the rocks below Hopegill Head.

If you're after a walk through some nice countryside, without getting up onto the fells then this path is a great option. More so today as we were out of the breeze and walking in hot sunshine.

Careful where you put your feet!
I'm not sure how old this tiny little thing was, but it's eyes weren't even open yet. It was having great difficulty in crawling across the path and what ever the reason was for it being out like that, I'm sure it wouldn't have lasted long in the open. So I carefully placed it in the longer grass by the side of the path. Hopefully the nest was close by and the mother would soon find the stray.

Grasmoor direct.

Finally, taken from the road next to the car park, a picture of Whin Ben and Whiteside.

David Hall -
Lake District Walks