Grisedale Pike and Hopegill Head
by apearman » Tue Jan 25, 2011 11:30 pm
Wainwrights included on this walk: Grisedale Pike, Hopegill Head
Hewitts included on this walk: Grisedale Pike, Hopegill Head
Date walked: 23/01/2011
Time taken: 5.5
Distance: 13.5 kmRegister or Login free to be able to rate and comment on reports (as well as access 1:25000 mapping).
This was a nice ridge walk, first a grassy/muddy track becoming stony and finally rocky for the last section.
Great views all around from the summit, to the Solway Firth although a little hazy, and along the ridge to Hopegill Head, the next stage. There was quite a strong, cold wind on the summit so we did not hang around but continued to the small shelter a little further along the ridge. A short stop then we continued along the ridge to Hopegill Head, a very pleasant walk with little wind. A runner passed us and we did see a few other walkers but overall the place was pretty empty of people.
Turning south we dropped down to the col for lunch, watching the ravens gliding around and calling to each other. We continued down Coledale Valley past Force Crag Mine; here they used to mine for lead, zinc and barytes up to 1991 and the site is now a Scheduled Ancient Monument and a geological SSSI. We followed the track that paralleled Coledale Beck into Braithwaite and back to the campsite.
by colgregg » Wed Jan 26, 2011 9:55 am
by susanmyatt » Wed Jan 26, 2011 2:48 pm
by Red Peak » Wed Jan 26, 2011 2:59 pm
I think to really appreciate it you have to climb it from Braithwaite, which then makes for a fantastic round including Hopegill Head, Eel Crags, Sail, Outerside and Barrow.
by fedupofuserids » Wed Jan 26, 2011 7:52 pm
I was up Hopegill Head last week and couldn't see a thing so its nice to be reminded of its views
Used to go caving in my younger (narrow waist-line) days and it used to be possible to abseil down from the top High Force Levels emerging from Number 3 level to the right of Force Crag, you could get into level 1 & 2 those behind the mine buildings but these are gated and you had to climb back up to lvl 3. Level 0 the one by the road is collapsed and flooded.
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by colgregg » Wed Jan 26, 2011 8:50 pm
by apearman » Thu Jan 27, 2011 12:07 am