11th June 2010

Whiteside to Ladyside Pike and above Lorton Vale


Walk Overview
Time 13.50 to 17.45
Duration 3 hr 55 min
Distance 6.7 mile
Ascent 2900 ft
Walking with On my own
Lanthwaite Green - Whin Ben - Whiteside - Hopegill Head - Ladyside Pike - Hope Gill - path 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

There isn't much of a warm up for the climb on this walk. All you get is a couple of minutes stride across from the car park and then it's an in your face steep walk up Whin Ben.

As I made my way across to the bridge over Liza Beck, I was met by this scene of destruction. It's now been seven months since the floods last year and I'm still amazed by the things I'm seeing as I visit certain places for the first time since then.

Looking downstream from the bridge.

Lorton Vale, seen from the path on Whin Ben.

Looking round the other way, the view shows Crummock Water and Mellbreak.

Looking down to the lower part of Gasgale Gill.

Much higher up now and most of Lorton Vale is spread out below me. On the opposite side of the valley is Low Fell & Fellbarrow and in the far distance you can see the Scottish hills.


Below the Whiteside ridge.

Crummock Water and Loweswater.

Looking across the ridge from Whiteside to Hopegill Head.

And the view back along the ridge.

A close up of Crag Hill / Eel Crag.

Standing next to the summit on Hopegill Head.

Ladyside Pike, seen here from the steep rock section below Hopegill Head.

Hopegill Head from Ladyside Pike.

On this picture I've marked what was more or less the route I took down from Hopegill Head. From here you'd think there was no way you could walk down this cliff face, but believe me, if it were that steep I wouldn't even attempt it.

Pointed Hopegill Head towering above the Hope Gill valley.

Hope Beck.


Lorton Vale looks much wider from here than it does from most places I tend to see it from.

Following the path above the valley.


I'm pleased I did this walk today and not in a months time when the bracken has had a chance to grow to its full height.

There's not much you can say really.

David Hall -
Lake District Walks