1st January 2009

New Years Day on Grisedale Pike


Walk Overview
Time 09.30 to 14.40
Duration 5 hr 10 min
Distance 7.1 mile
Ascent 2500 ft
Walking with Jennifer
Whinlatter Pass - Sleet How - Grisedale Pike - Hopegill Head - Sand Hill - Coledale Hause - Near Force Crag Mine - Track through Coledale - Whinlatter Pass
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.


Route Map


For the first walk of 2009 we couldn't have wished for better conditions. After another night of hard frost, everything at lower level had been covered a generous coating of frost, which, if added this to the blue sky and sunshine you have the perfect winters day.

Looking down the bottom section of the ridge.

And now looking in the opposite direction.

Frosty fields, early morning mists and Lakeland silhouettes.

Ahead of us on the skyline is Grisedale Pike. Despite the straightforwardness of the route, this lovely ridge walk always seems much further than it is.

Winter walking at its best.

The view across to the northern fells, including Skiddaw, Dodd, Latrigg, and Blencathra. On the right of the photo is Great Mell Fell and Clough Head.

Leaving Grisedale Pike summit and heading for Hopegill Head (the pointed fell on the right).

Just below the summit.

Looking back up to Grisedale Pike.

Lorton vale and the coastal plane. Notice the band of cloud / haze in the distance.

Whiteside's ridge stretching away from Hopegill Head summit.

Heading into the shade now for the return leg of the walk.

Needless to say everything was frozen solid along here today, including the water normally seen pouring from this old pipe.

This section of path was a bit tricky with all the icy bits being just too wide to step over. We ended up taking a slight detour up above the path.

A close up of Force Crag Mine.

Day after day of temperatures below freezing and the constant splashing of the water from the small stream have created this nice display of Ice encrusted blades of grass.

The afternoon sunshine was most welcome after walking in the shade from Coledale Hause. As nice as it was though, it did nothing to raise the temperature.



David Hall -
Lake District Walks