Start – Whinlatter Pass car park NY209242, Distance – 12.5km, Ascent – 910m, Time – 4hrs 30mins plus stops.
A great walk, taking in the impressive Grisedale Pike, Hopegill Head and the lovely ridge to Whiteside. Even the descent ridge of Ladyside Pike is particularly nice, and would take pride of place on any other walk. Starting from the forest car park on the Whinlatter Pass, probably the best chance of getting lost on the whole walk is in the woods between the car park and the start of the ridge. Which, of course, is exactly what I did, heading due south along Grisedale Gill instead of south west along Sanderson Gill. The only other tricky bits are the descent of Hopegill Head onto the Ladyside Pike ridge (slippery when wet) and the descent from this ridge back into the forest. For the latter, I’d suggest keeping to the open ground slightly north of the forest when descending. Once on the forest tracks, the return is easy to navigate. The walk can be shortened by omitting the out-and-back between Hopegill Head and Whiteside, but you’d be missing out on the wonderful ridge and it’d save you next to nothing in the overall ascent figure.
A moody shot across the Sleet How ridge to Causey Pike. Okay, so it wasn’t designed to be moody, it was just a poorly-taken photo that came out a lot better than it had any right to – Photoshop, I love you.
Heading up the seemingly-endless ridge to Grisedale Pike. It was incredibly warm for March (Tee shirt weather), but that was offset by the haze that persisted throughout the walk. Still, this was heaven compared to sitting behind a desk all day…
Looking back along the ridge on the climb to Hopegill Head. The lump on the left actually qualifies as a “mountain”, although it doesn’t have a specific name on the OS maps. Hobcarton Crag seems to the accepted moniker.
The ridge between Hopegill Head and Whiteside. This has to be one of the very best ridges in the Lakes, so good that I walked it in both directions as an out-and-back
The same ridge, this time looking towards Whiteside. It’s not really as fierce as it looks, with no genuine exposure but a real airy feel.
Grisedale Pike, taken from the Ladyside Pike ridge. I’m a bit surprised that Wainwright didn’t include Ladyside Pike on his lists, as it sits on a nice ridge and affords great views to the north west. Oh well, I suppose he knew what he was doing…