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Date & start time: Wednesday 9th September 2009. 10.30 am start.

Location of Start : Lanthwaite Green, Loweswater , Cumbria, Uk ( NY 159 207 )

Places visited : Whin Benn, Whiteside, Hopegill Head, Grisedale Pike, Coledale Hause, Gasgale Gill and back to Lanthwaite Green.

Walk details : 6.5 mls, 3050 ft, 5 hrs 30 mins including lunch.

Highest point : Grisedale Pike 2,593ft ( 791m )

Walked with : Myself (Ann), Jo, John and the dogs, Jodie, Amber, Polly, Harry and Bethan.

Weather : Warm and sunny. An occasional slight breeze.

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 Whiteside to Grisedale and back at EveryTrail


The September sun comes up trumps as Jo, John and Ann take a mid week walk along one of the best ridges in the Lakes.

Fine weather, sunshine and fluffy clouds give wonderful views all along the route.

Three people and five dogs this time !

Parking at Lanthwaite Green we look straight up Whiteside which will be our first summit to aim for today.

We will climb up the path seen on the right of the first heather clad fell, Whin Ben, and then continue up the ridge behind.

Gasgale Gill tumbles downwards, as seen from the bridge we use to cross on to the fell side.

Scale Hill or Lanthwaite Hill is the small fell be yond..

Jo waits at the bridge.

Meanwhile Polly and Harry enjoy their first dip of the day.

The beck is full after all the recent rain.

Harry seems mesmerised by the bouncing waters.

Swirling, bouncing, rushing, tumbling waters .......

John and Jo make their way up the steep fell side from Lanthwaite Green.

Mellbreak and Crummock in the background.

Looking towards the Loweswater fells.

The very large pile of hardcore on the site in the centre of this photo is being used to construct a new house.

Jo and John reach the minor summit of Whin Ben.

A view towards what will be our second summit of the day, Hopebeck Head.

Our return route down Gasgale Gill can be seen following alongside the beck in the valley below.

On the summit of Whiteside.

John pointing out a feature in the distance . . . Jo looks the other way !

John and Jo walking along the Whiteside ridge, in my opinion one of the most delightful high level ridges in the Lakes.

Looking at our route ahead towards the summit of Hopebeck Head.

Looking down towards the Hopebeck valley below.

The village of Lorton is in the near distance, Cockermouth in the far distance.

Scrambling up one of the minor rocky steps.
Plenty of folk on the slopes of Hopegill Head.

A summit photo with Jo, John and all five dogs.

Lunch just below the summit with a great view of Causey Pike, the Scar Crags ridge and Sail Fell.

Our route ahead to the summit of Grisedale Pike on the far left.

Looking back towards the notch on the crags below Hopebeck Head., which now has a solitary walker atop.

Ladyside Pike is the peak in the distance.

Making our way to Grisedale Pike.

Hopegill Head is the green sloped summit on the right, Sand Hill is behind Jo and John and below are the Hobcarton Crags.

John with Grasmoor behind.

The path we shall use later to reach Coledale Hause can be seen left of centre.

Grisedale Pike summit.

Caption please . . . what are they saying ??

As we descend, a lovely view looking down on Keswick and Derwent Water, with Blencathra the bulky fell to the left,

and Great Mell Fell, which Jo and I climbed two days ago, just off centre in the distance.

We leave Coledale Hause and make our way down Gasgale Gill.

Blue skies above Gasgale Crags far above us.
The long valley narrows, the steep slopes to the left are on Grasmoor

Looking back up our route from the head of the valley. Sand Hill at the top.
A fallen boulder and lovely cascades.

Jo carefully making her way along the rocky strata as the valley narrows even more above the tumbling waters of the beck.

Jodie doesn't look too happy about this manoeuvre !

Jo descending the 'Bad Step'.

John making a new friend as he and his master wait to climb the rocks.

The rushing water glinting in the late afternoon sunshine.

Jo, Amber and Jodie make their way back to the bridge where we started our ascent.

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Technical note: Pictures taken with Ann's Cannon 75 digital camera.

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