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Either side of Whinlatter Pass

Either side of Whinlatter Pass

Postby Broggy1 » Mon Jul 09, 2018 12:50 pm

Wainwrights included on this walk: Broom Fell, Grasmoor, Grisedale Pike, Hopegill Head, Lord's Seat, Whinlatter, Whiteside

Hewitts included on this walk: Grasmoor, Grisedale Pike, Hopegill Head, Whiteside

Date walked: 08/07/2018

Time taken: 4.4

Distance: 21.6 km

Ascent: 1646m

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Another great Lakes morning on the North Western fells with more clouds and a nice wind making things a little cooler.

I'd been struck by Hopegill Head and it's appearance from Lorton when I climbed Low Fell etc last week and decided that would be my next destination....combining it with the Whinlatter fells for a good round.

1 Ladyside and Hopegill.JPG
Ladyside Pike and Hopegill Head ahead.

I'd parked below Graystones and did a road walk round to the start. It's a little faffy getting on to the ridge (no access land) but once there I picked up a decent enough path.

2 Hopegill from Ladyside.JPG
Hopegill Head looks very impressive from Ladyside Pike

3 Final climb ahead.JPG
The final climb is almost all on rocks....very easily scrambling, perhaps a little harder in wet conditions.

4 And again.JPG
Ridge again

5 ascent gully.JPG
The last bit of ascent is up the obvious gully here

5 Back to Ladyside.JPG
Looking back down to Ladyside Pike

6 Ridge to Whiteside.JPG
The ridge ahead to Whiteside - done as an out and back today

7 Back to Hopegill.JPG
Looking back at Hopegill Head from Whiteside. This stretch from Whiteside to Grisedale Pike is as good as the Lakes has to offer in my opinion.

8 Ahead to Grizedale.JPG
Grisedale Pike ahead from Hopegill Head

9 Back to Hobcarton.JPG
Hopegill Head from Grisedale Pike

10 Ridge descent.JPG
I had two options for the descent. Hobcarton End or the North West Ridge. I hadn't used the NW Ridge before so opted for that - a nice clear path that drops you back off in the Whinlatter Forest.

11 grizedale from Whinlatter slopes.JPG
Up the other side on Whinlatter now, looking to Grisedale Pike....with the two descent options clearly visible.

I'd motored to here from the pass as I found myself on a "not for walkers" red cycling route. Not wanting to be hit by anyone I shifted pretty quickly.

12 grizedale and Hopegill from Whinlatter top.JPG
Grisedale Pike ad Hopegill Head from Whinlatter Top

13 Lords Seat to Broom and Graystones.JPG
Lord's Seat Summit looking to Broom Fell and Graystones.

I used the forestry roads to get here from Whinlatter.

14 Skiddaw from Broom.JPG
Skiddaw from the cairn on Broom Fell

15 Heading for Graystones.JPG
Heading for Graystones - nice grassy walking...although this side of Whinlatter Pass can hardly compete with the other side

16 Wainwright top.JPG
Wainwright's top on Graystones

17 Birkett top.JPG
The real top I think

18 Harsh descent.JPG
The descent back to the car from here is incredibly harsh and great care was needed today with the path being very slippy being so bare
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Re: Either side of Whinlatter Pass

Postby Alteknacker » Mon Jul 09, 2018 8:42 pm

Nice route - the scrambling looks great! I missed Whiteside, Hopegill Head and Grizedale Pike when I tried to include them in a round earlier in the year, so I need to get up there some time, and this looks like a good route.

You were seriously motoring again, I see :shock: :D
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