9th September 2007

Grisedale Pike in the cloud


Walk Overview
Time 10.00 to 13.35
Duration 3 hr 35 min
Distance 7.1 mile
Ascent 2570 ft
Walking with On my own
Braithwaite - Whinlatter Pass - Grisedale Pike - Coledale Hause - Birkthwaite Beck - (below) Outerside - High Coledale - Braithwaite
Fells visited
Directory places visited

Starting Point Information Centre
Braithwaite Village

The best option are the half dozen or so spaces outside the school. Other than that, it's a case of finding a space in the centre of the village.


Route Map

Heading out of Braithwaite to walk up the bottom section of Whinlatter Pass I passed this row of garages / outbuildings.

It was a surprise today when I couldn't get parked on the small car park, just above Braithwaite on Whinlatter Pass. It wasn't even 10 am and it was full already. Never mind I thought, it's not far to walk up from the village. When I got back to the car park however, there was only three cars there! Perhaps it's me that's going funny in the head, unless I'd been through some sort of time warp.

Looking over a sea of Bracken to Braithwaite and Keswick. The two fells not under cloud are Latrigg (left) and Clough Head (right). Ok I admit it; if you look closely enough High Rigg is there as well, which makes three.

The initial steep section of this route up Grisedale Pike (Kinn) soon gives way to a nice level area seen here, where you momentarily get a feeling that perhaps it isn't going to be as strenuous as you thought. Then, should you choose to lift your eyes, you're greeted by a seemingly never ending path stretching upwards in front of you; today it literally was leading into the clouds.

And the view back down.
Notice the cloud has dropped below Clough Head summit now.

Up into the cloud I go.

First of all it was a look across to the right hand side for a view of Whinlatter Forest.

And to the left to see Coledale and Force Crag mines.
The path on the opposite side of the beck, coming from above the crags is the path I walked along later in the walk.

The cloud then parted for a moment to allow this view back down the steepest part of the ridge.

Grisedale Pike summit.
No view of the northern fells today I'm afraid.

This little col I passed just after leaving Grisedale Pike was like walking past the end of a wind tunnel. Worse than the wind though, was the fact that I was starting to get wet from the cloud blowing across the fellside. Time to put a jacket on I think, to keep myself dry more than the need to keep warm. What a difference from Yesterdays walk next to Ullswater, where I managed to top up my suntan a little.

It was much sooner than I expected it, but as I was approaching (Dessert), , , I mean Pudding Beck I dropped below the cloud where I could see ahead to Coledale Hause.

Coledale Hause.
The path straight ahead leads to Wandope Moss and the junction with paths for Grasmoor, Wandope and Crag Hill.
Dropping down to your right next to a small waterfall leads you into Gasgale Gill and down to Lanthwaite Green.
The path I'm currently on joins up with the steep path leading to Sand Hill and Hopegill Head, by turning sharp right.
The path leading out of the picture on the left is the one I followed, which leads into Coledale.

Outerside, Causey Pike and Scar Crags seen from the side of the fell above the recently (in the last couple of years) made zigzag path between the disused dam and Coledale Hause. What an improvement from the old path.

The view of Coledale, the Vale of Keswick and the cloud covered northern fells from the remains of the dam.

A close up of Force Crag mines.

Looking back up to Coledale Hause I could definitely feel a few spots of rain, in fact you can see then for yourselves on this picture. Thankfully they never amounted to anything while I was walking, although for part of the drive home it absolutely shucked it down.

From the bottom of the path I'd followed from Coledale Hause there were a couple of different options to get me back to Braithwaite. The most straightforward would have been to continue walking through Coledale, another not so straightforward, but possibly the best option was to walk over Outerside and Barrow. Instead of these, I chose to follow the narrow path which traverses the side of Outerside and Stile End to bring you out at High Coledale.

Causey Pike, Stile End and Outerside.

A family gathering just outside Braithwaite. By the look of him, I wouldn't like to get on the wrong side of Dad.

Braithwaite village store.

A nice colourful scene as I crossed the small bridge in the middle of the village.

David Hall -
Lake District Walks