Above the clouds on Grisedale Pike
by johnkaysleftleg » Tue Mar 13, 2012 10:32 pm
Wainwrights included on this walk: Grisedale Pike
Hewitts included on this walk: Grisedale Pike
Date walked: 11/03/2012
Time taken: 4.5
Distance: 8.5 km
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The drive over the A66 included plunging into drizzly fog over the Pennines but by the time we descended towards the Vale of Eden the Far Eastern Fells were gleaming in brilliant morning sunlight. We resisted their all to obvious charms and pushed onwards. The first sight of Coledale confirmed we'd made the right decision. The huge bowl was filled with constantly moving clouds and looked quite magnificent.
Following a little bit of bother parking we set off up the initially steep lower slopes excited about what lay ahead.
The path soon levelled off and for a short while we were alone as we made steady progress over the Birkett top of Kinn. Walking along the grassy carpet, Coledale beck glinting in the sun several hundred feet below and a light breeze wafting about on what had already become a wonderful springlike morning I was left to wonder if life ever got any better than this?
My reverie was soon broken however by the thud of trainers as a gaggle of fell runners sprinted past, no doubt on their way to completing the whole Coledale round in half the time it would take to us to get up Grisdale Pike. I'll take my time and the views in thank you very much.
The View of Coledale from higher up was breathtaking with Causey Pike in particular attracting a constantly changing coat of swirling cloud.
Soon the easy level ground gave way to increasingly steep terrain and excuses to stop and admire the views became more frequent.
Suddenly cloud breezed into Grisedale filling it like a steaming cauldron, below us an excited cry of "Broken Spectre!" went up. I was gripped with contrasting emotions as I was filled with the urge to go running down the steep rocky path in a desperate attempt to catch a glimpse of the hill walkers holy grail. Images of the inevitable trip, smashing my camera or face to many pieces won the day. So close yet so far.
And so to the now cairnless summit of Grisdale pike. Pictures from only a few years back show a decent sized cairn but something (or somebody) has obviously taken offence at the structure and scattered it around the top leaving only the splintered slate ridge in its place. The views from the summit were awesome. The clouds were in constant motion revealing and hiding neighbouring fells under the bright blue skies above. Skiddaw and Blencathra to the East, Sail, Crag Hill and Grasmoor close by to the South and The Scafells making fleeting appearances further afield.
Interestingly Helvellyn and the Eastern Fells were below a blanket of cloud, sometimes when deciding where to walk you make the right choice.
by SusieThePensioner » Tue Mar 13, 2012 11:12 pm
Enjoyed your report as well and glad you had such a good time
by colgregg » Tue Mar 13, 2012 11:28 pm
by ChrisW » Wed Mar 14, 2012 12:17 am
by johnkaysleftleg » Wed Mar 14, 2012 12:53 pm
p.s. Just noticed I got the date wrong. We did the walk on Sunday. I'm reliably informed that Saturday was a canny day also however.
by L-Hiking » Wed Mar 14, 2012 2:23 pm
colgregg wrote:Seems like you had the better weather on Saturday. In fact I can see cloud I was engulfed by on my walk!!!
I was over there a couple of weeks ago and could not see 10yards in front at the top just like CG said
Like the clouds around the tops
by Mal Grey » Wed Mar 14, 2012 3:26 pm
by icemandan » Wed Mar 14, 2012 4:05 pm
by johnkaysleftleg » Wed Mar 14, 2012 4:21 pm
icemandan wrote:Saturday was a bit overcast but sunday was magical. I was cycling over Kirkstone and Shap on Saturday and it was pretty gloomy. Sunday was a real spring day. Fantastic photos.
I overheard somebody on the way up saying they had a good day. Thats the lakes for you however, don't think the fells north of whinlatter pass saw the sun all day.