13th April 2013

Grisedale Pike to Outerside


Walk Overview
Time 09.10 to 15.35
Duration 6 hr 25 min
Distance 10 mile
Ascent 3800 ft
Walking with Neil Haselwood and Rod Hepplewhite
Revelin Moss - Grisedale Gill - Sleet How - Grisedale Pike - Coledale Hause - Grasmoor - Wandope Moss - Wandope - Crag Hill - The Scar - Sail - Scar Crags - High Moss - Outerside - Coledale Beck - car park above Braithwaite
Fells visited
Directory places visited

Starting Point Information Centre
Car park, Revelin Moss, Whinlatter Pass

Well signposted on the main road, but still nicely tucked away among the trees. Revelin Moss can be used as an alternative starting point for a walk up Grisedale Pike or even just a walk along the forestry tracks.


Route Map


Grisedale Pike comes into view as we reach a clearing in the woods.

We're out of the trees altogether now and we make our way onto the ridge (it's behind me).

It looks like we're heading into the cloud.

Looking down to the path on Kinn where the mist was making it look as thought the fellside was on fire.

On the steeper section of Grisedale Pike.

A break in the clouds gave us a glimpse of Ladyside Pike.

The forecast didn't exactly fill us with hope for the day and at this point we though we'd be in cloud for the duration. We were wrong!

Then, , , , as we headed down to Coledale Hause the cloud began to disappear.

Looking ahead to Grasmoor.

Whiteside seen from Coledale Hause.

and looking around a little you see Grisedale Pike.

There you go, this is a better place to see Grisedale Pike from.

The steepness eases for a while as we make our way across to the top of Grasmoor.

Assuming the snow in here is melting at the same rate as it is everywhere else, there must have been a incredible about here a few weeks ago.

Grasmoor summit.

Crummock Water, Mellbreak and the western fells seen from Grasmoor summit.

A view back towards Grasmoor.

and another view of Grasmoor, this one taken from Wandope.

Crag Hill and Sail, taken from Wandope.

I would have taken this picture from the other side of the summit trig column, but a group of three lads decided they wanted to use it as a back rest and as a wind break so they could brew up using a camping stove. Personally I wasn't too bothered, it's not like I havent been here before. However, there were quite a few other people up here and I'm sure most of them would have appreciated their couple of minutes of "summit time".

"Grisedale Pike looks a long way from here"
"probably because it is"

Leaving Crag Hill and just about to start descending The Scar. Ahead of us is Sail, Scar Crags and the unmistakable knobbly top of Causey Pike.

A view back up The Scar.

A long distance view across to the Skiddaw fells. I took this picture from our sheltered lunch spot. The wind was picking up quite a bit and this seemed like as sheltered a place as we were likely to find. I also met a dog with a particular liking for lemon curd sandwiches while I was standing here
, , , , , yes, I like lemon curd sandwiches while I'm out walking.

Sail summit in front of Grisedale Pike.

and again, this time in front of Crag Hill.


I've said it before and I'll say it again; it's an absolute disgrace !! Fix the Fells should be ashamed of themselves for this.

Causey Pike seen ahead of us as we walk across Scar Crags.

The northern fells seen behind Stile End and Barrow.

There are lots of places / things to see from Outerside summit. Blencathra, Great Mell Fell, lots of eastern fells, central fells, Keswick, Derwent Water and part of Newlands Valley. If you look to the left you can also see, , , , ,

, , , , Bassenthwaite Lake, Binsey and the Skiddaw Fells.

The weather had been on our side today, so we'd added a couple of fells onto the walk at the end. This left us further away from the second (& third) cars than some would describe as sensible. One option would have been to head down to Braithwaite and then walk up the bottom of Whinlatter Pass. The shorter (but not very easy) option was to cut straight across from here to the miners path you can see on the side of the fell over there. Had there been a few weeks of heavy rain, walking around would have been better.

This was just one of the obstacles on our way to the miners path.

Perfect timing, about two minutes from the car it started to rain.

David Hall -
Lake District Walks