Date & Time: Wednesday 29th March 2006. 4 pm start. ( NY 209 242 )

Location of Start : Revelin Moss car park (opposite the Forest Centre) in Whinlatter Forest, Cumbria, Uk.

Places visited : Grisedale Pike.

Walk details : 2.8 mls, 1600 ft of ascent , 2 hrs 10 mins.

Walked with : Ann and the dogs.

Weather : Sunny and clear, but a little cloud building from the south west.

Revelin Moss Forest Trail, our afternoon start.

 

Following a visit to Bolton in Westmorland the evening before, we found ourselves driving home in delightful sunshine, a real change from the recent wet weather.

Spring has sprung, but the rain had failed to melt the highest snow on Cross Fell in the Pennines, so we made a slight diversion from the A66 to take a closer look.

Cross Fell is the highest point on the left, and Great Dun Fell with the Radar station on the right.

Little Dun Fell still holds the snow in the middle.

From the end of the public road and start of the bridle way, we had a closer view of the "golf ball".

Unfortunately we had no time to walk up.

A close up - it looks more like a giant snowball today.

 

Knock Pike (with the quarry), Dufton Pike and Murton Pike in the distance.

These minor fells flank the western edge of the Pennine hills close to Appleby.

Looking west to the Lake District - a more unusual direction for us to be viewing the high fells.

Click here or on the photo for the full Lakes panorama

Five hours, several bowls of soup, two rolls of bread, and a cup of tea later we are looking at the same view only in the reverse direction.

In the distance this time are the snow topped Pennines and Cross Fell left of centre . . .

but I zoomed ahead too fast.

After the business of the day we had chance to get out and walk the dogs for a few hours, so we decided on a quick climb of Grisedale Pike.

A Whinlatter start seemed like a good idea, especially as we hadn't walked the north east ridge beforehand.

   
The forest road at the start of the walk.
A new sign marks the gate to the fells.

From here the route is straight forward

and straight up !

As we climb alongside the old wall the view expands with every step.

Click here or on the photo for the panorama as the view expands.

A close up of Keswick

with Clough Head behind, and the Mell Fells in the middle distance.

   
Onward and upward following the path
A slight dip and then the last rise before the top

This slight alteration in the slope holds the smallest of tarns, but it was big enough for two.

Hopegill Head makes a striking backdrop.

Ann reaches the rocky summit of Grisedale Pike.

Click here or on the photo for a full panorama on this wonderfully clear afternoon

   
Looking down into the Coledale Valley
and Coledale Crags just above the mines.

Time now to return by the same route back to the car below.

Click here for a video of the descent - big puppy style.

   
Back down into the forest
and a look back on our completed route.

 

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Technical note: Pictures taken with a Canon IXUS 400 Digital camera.

Resized in Photoshop, and built up on a Dreamweaver web builder.

This site best viewed with . . . that extra bowl of soup.

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