Coledale Horseshoe - a walk for all seasons

Wainwrights: Causey Pike, Eel Crag, Grasmoor, Grisedale Pike, Hopegill Head, Sail, Scar Crags
Hewitts: Causey Pike, Crag Hill (Eel Crag), Grasmoor, Grisedale Pike, Hobcarton Crag, Hopegill Head, Sail, Scar Crags

Date walked: 05/11/2017

Time taken: 7.2 hours

Distance: 17.7km

Ascent: 1560m

'The month of the drowned dog' is how Ted Hughes famously describes November in his poem of that name. It's certainly a potent image of the dismal dampness that often characterises the month of armistice and remembrance, when the land can be 'sodden as the bed of an ancient lake, / Treed with iron and birdless'.

But if anything is predictable about British weather, it is its unpredictability. November 2015, with its devastating floods, more than lived up to the imagery of Hughes's poem. Whereas November 2017, so far at least, has been a month of crisp sunshine, golden leaves, happy dogs and happy humans enjoying the glowing embers of the year.

After a disappointing Summer, such weather is an irresistible siren-call to all fell-walkers . And if you're struggling to decide which hills to get out on, then there's always the Coledale Horseshoe, an old favourite that never fails to delight, no matter how many times you've been round it before. And with many options to include or omit, you can do it differently each time, this walk for all seasons.

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View up the Vale of Keswick to the distant Northern Pennines

The path to Grisedale Pike

Sleet Hause

Causey Pike etc. from Grisedale Pike

Ladyside Pike from Hobcarton Crag

Hobcarton Crag (the crag, not the Hewitt) with Ladyside Pike behind.

Ladyside Pike from Hopegill Head

Grisedale Pike from Hopegill Head

Whiteside from Hopegill Head

Grasmoor from Sand Hill

Eel Crag from Sand Hill

Whiteside from Grasmoor

Grisedale Pike from Grasmoor

Crummock Water from Grasmoor

Gable, Bowfell and the Scafells from Grasmoor

Whiteless Pike (foreground) with Scafells etc. behind

Grasmoor from Eel Crag

Grisedale Pike (left), Skiddaw and Blencathra from Eel Crag

The ridge to Causey Pike with Outerside, Barrow and the vale of Keswick from Eel Crag

Helvellyn range from Eel Crag

Derwentwater, Keswick and Blencathra from Causey Pike

Skiddaw from Causey Pike

Rigg Beck, Scar Crags and Eel Crag from Causey Pike

Bowfell and Esk Pike through the gap between High Spy and Dale Head

The Coledale Inn in Braithwaite beckons at the end of the day, named by Stuart Marshall as the best pub in the Lake District. Recently refurbished, it's a decent enough pub for sure. But best in the Lakes? Hmm... If they put on a good range of real ales it might just be a contender - but there's an awful lot of competition! :)

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Melmerby Fell from Melmerby

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Attachment(s) Hewitts: Melmerby Fell
Date walked: 16/09/2017
Distance: 14.3km
Ascent: 638m
Views: 5

The seven southern Lowthers

Attachment(s) Grahams: Ballencleuch Law, Queensberry
Donalds: Ballencleuch Law, Comb Law, Earncraig Hill, Gana Hill, Queensberry, Scaw'd Law, Wedder Law
Date walked: 24/06/2017
Distance: 29km
Ascent: 1232m
Comments: 10
Views: 546

A greasy scramble up Ill Crag from Eskdale

Attachment(s) Wainwrights: Scafell Pike
Hewitts: Broad Crag, Ill Crag, Scafell Pike
Date walked: 14/06/2017
Distance: 17.3km
Ascent: 1208m
Comments: 10
Views: 513

Snowdon Horseshoe with Main Wall Prelude

Attachment(s) Hewitts: Crib Goch, Crib y Ddysgl, Snowdon - Yr Wyddfa, Y Lliwedd
Date walked: 25/04/2017
Distance: 12km
Ascent: 1217m
Comments: 8
Views: 694

Ridge Wandering Around Newlands and Buttermere

Attachment(s) Wainwrights: Cat Bells, Causey Pike, Dale Head, Eel Crag, Haystacks, High Crag, High Spy, High Stile, Maiden Moor, Red Pike (Buttermere), Sail, Scar Crags, Wandope, Whiteless Pike
Hewitts: Causey Pike, Crag Hill (Eel Crag), Dale Head, High Crag, High Spy, High Stile, Red Pike (Buttermere), Sail, Scar Crags, Wandope, Whiteless Pike
Date walked: 01/04/2017
Distance: 36km
Ascent: 2853m
Comments: 11
Views: 791

Spring Heat and Snow on the Helvellyn Range

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Attachment(s) Wainwrights: Birkhouse Moor, Helvellyn, Raise, Stybarrow Dodd, White Side
Hewitts: Green Side, Helvellyn, Raise, Stybarrow Dodd, White Side
Date walked: 25/03/2017
Distance: 16.1km
Ascent: 1141m
Comments: 2
Views: 118

Carn Dearg and Sgorr Gaibhre from Rannoch

Attachment(s) Munros: Carn Dearg (Corrour), Sgor Gaibhre
Corbetts: Beinn Pharlagain
Date walked: 07/03/2017
Distance: 25km
Ascent: 1150m
Comments: 7
Views: 797

Meall a' Choire Leith

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Attachment(s) Munros: Meall a'Choire Leith
Date walked: 06/03/2017
Distance: 8km
Ascent: 512m
Views: 67

Mam na Gulainn from Kinlochleven

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Attachment(s) Corbetts: Mam na Gualainn
Date walked: 21/02/2017
Distance: 19.5km
Ascent: 1084m
Views: 84


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Location: Cumbria
Activity: Mountain Walker
Pub: Clachaig Inn
Mountain: An Teallach
Place: Loch Coruisk
Gear: Marmot Windshirt
Ideal day out: A round of summits with some scrambling thrown in.
Ambition: Complete the Munros

Munros: 232
Corbetts: 11
Grahams: 10
Donalds: 29
Wainwrights: 214
Hewitts: 156
Sub 2000: 1

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Distance: 262.2 km
Ascent: 16993m
Munros: 4
Corbetts: 2
Grahams: 3
Donalds: 10
Hewitts: 44
Wainwrights 40


Trips: 27
Distance: 432.8 km
Ascent: 27445m
Munros: 25
Corbetts: 1
Grahams: 5
Donalds: 12
Hewitts: 23
Wainwrights 28


Trips: 19
Distance: 302.6 km
Ascent: 16073m
Munros: 11
Corbetts: 2
Donalds: 5
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Distance: 246.3 km
Ascent: 12584m
Munros: 10
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