2nd July 2014

Grisedale Pike, Hopegill Head and Force Crag Mine


Walk Overview
Time 7:50am to 1:15pm
Duration 5 hr 25 min
Distance 7.6 mile
Ascent 2600 ft
Walking with Jennifer
Kin - Lanty Well - Sleet How - Grisedale Pike - Hopegill Head - Sand Hill - Coledale Hause - Force Crag Mine - track back to the car park
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.


Weather Readings

The Gadget
All readings were taken using a Kestrel 2000 Weather Meter
Live temperature recorded at the time I press the hold key
Maximum Wind Speed Maximum wind speed since the weather meter was turned on at each location Average Wind Speed
Average wind speed since the weather meter was turned on at each location
Wind Chill
Combination of wind speed and temperature. The gadget does the calculations not me.

Route Map


The climbing almost begins from the car door on this walk. Those that like to warm up their leg muscles might want to do a couple of laps of the car park before setting off.

Well, so much for the forecast for a sunny, clear morning. Okay, I know dry is good but I couldn't help feeling slightly cheated when I was promised one thing, took a day off work and ended up getting something else. Here you have a photo looking down to Braithwaite and across to the extremely hazy central / eastern fells.

Looking across to Skiddaw (right), Bassenthwaite (the big wet thing) and Binsey (centre - far distance).

I'm pleased there's a path through here. With this amount of bracken this would be a battle I would shy away from.

The top of Grisedale Pike comes into view along with the path leading up to it.

Ridge path views.

A view across to Scar Crags, Sail, Crag Hill and Grasmoor. At the head of the valley you can see Force Crag Mine. We'll be there towards the end of the walk.

Woman on a mission.

It's a long way back down.

At Grisedale Pike summit. It's been months since I walked in this strong of a wind. Kite enthusiasts would have had a great time up here today.

We make our way from Grisedale Pike to Hopegill Head over there on the right.

Looking back to Grisedale Pike.

This is the Whiteside ridge seen from Hopegill Head.

And from the same spot I now look across to Sand Hill, Scar Crags, Sail, Crag Hill and Wandope. The path going off the the left was the one we'd followed from Grisedale Pike.

Blimey, it wasn't half windy along here. The biggest problem however was the dust blowing up from the path which was bone dry.

Just about the same view as the previous picture, this time taken from Coledale Hause.

This was a good spot for something to eat today. Sheltered and with a ready made seat, the view isn't bad either.

"I wonder what that's all about"
I did have my own ideas about this but Jennifer thought I was talking rubbish.

Looking back up the path we'd followed from Coledale Hause.

Something's not quite right here, perhaps he should have read the instruction manual first.


An old mine entrance. Dangerous places these so this was as close as I'm willing to get.




Ah well, it looks like my theory of it being a landing station for alien spaceships was wrong after all.

Force Crag Mine.



And here we are back above Braithwaite. The long distance views hadn't improved from this morning but it was still a great walk nonetheless.

David Hall -
Lake District Walks