23rd December 2009

Snowy Grisedale Pike


Walk Overview
Time 10.00 to 14.00
Duration 4 hr
Distance 7.3 mile
Ascent 2580 ft
Walking with On my own
Braithwaite - Whinlatter Pass - Kinn - Sleet How - Grisedale Pike - Coledale Hause - path above Coledale Beck - Whintatter Pass - 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

This was why I parked in Braithwaite instead of the little car park further up Whinlatter Pass. I'd like to think I'm brave enough have driven up here, but I'm also realistic enough to know that the car I drive just isn't very good in this stuff, especially on an incline like this. I suppose the extra walk will do me good!


On the fell now and looking across to Bassenthwaite Lake and Binsey in the distance.

Looking up the bottom section of Grisedale Pike. I enjoy every walk I do, but I could tell already that this one was going to be that little bit extra special.

The Skiddaw fells, still under cloud, and a small section of Bassenthwaite Lake.

It's hard to believe that only a short drive further west, there wasn't any snow at all this morning. Once I'd reached this side of Cockermouth however, it was a different scene altogether.

Grisedale Pike comes into view and just look at all that snow.

From the same place, looking across to the Skiddaw fells.

There's not a lot else I can say, other than walking up here was just fantastic.

Now on the final steep section leading to the summit.

A long distance view including amongst other things, Keswick, Derwent Water, Blencathra, Walla Crag, the eastern fells, Great Mell Fell and the Pennines.

Hopegill Head and Grasmoor taken from Grisedale Pike summit.

Looking round the other way you see the Lord's Seat fells and in among the distant clouds are the Scottish hills.

Grisedale Pike summit; blending in perfectly with the fells in the background. It almost looks like you could step straight from here onto Clough Head.

A view back up to the summit from one of the old metal fence posts found up here.

A close up of the windblown ice on top of one of the other posts.

Grisedale Pike summit.

The view ahead, ,

, , and now back to Grisedale Pike.


Hopegill Head.

Heading across to Coledale Hause was hard work with much of the route through knee deep snow. Hard work; but still thoroughly enjoyable. It's a good job I'm comfortable with only myself for company.

Notice how deep the snow is along the fence.

Coledale Hause with Grasmoor behind.

The view from Coledale Hause down to Coledale.

And now the view back up from from Coledale to Coledale Hause (the lowest point on the skyline).

Back in the sunshine now on the walk along the track between Whinlatter Pass and Force Crag Mine.


A close up of clough Head and Great Dodd.

The Skiddaw fells looking gorgeous in the afternoon sunshine.

David Hall -
Lake District Walks