Grisedale Pike Grisedale Pike This lovely walk up to the summit of Grisedale Pike walk takes you high into the northern fells and, on a clear day, you can see across to Scotland and the Isle of Man from the top. This fell is fairly exposed, so you might experience some buffeting on a windy day. The route down takes you through a disused mine which is now a Scheduled Monument. This is a fairly long walk, so allow plenty of time. There is little opportunity for deviation from the path so it is very easy to follow. Towards the summit, the terrain becomes rockier and you need to be aware of buffeting from the prevailing winds.
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Bear right to climb above the Whinlatter road. In m yards swing round to the left and gain the northern spur of the ridge. Reaching the fence cross at the stile, and continue on the path as it bears right climbing all the time.
Just after the fence to the right bears away from the path, the minor prominence on the ridge is the Birkett of Kinn. Start of path to Grisedale Pike Braithwaite, Latrigg and Vale of Keswick Bassenthwaite Lake Grisedale Pike from Kinn 2 Keep on the ridgeline, along the slight depression, bear right as the path steepens to climb a grass bank with footholds cut into it.
Pass Lanty Well to the left of the path, then bear left to gain the ridge of Sleet How. This gradually narrows to a much steeper section - the last climb to the summit. Care is required here as the surface is a mix of rocky steps and loose stones. The ground drops away steeply on both sides, to either Grisedale or Coledale. Kinn, and Keswick in the weather Down into Coledale from Grisedale Pike Last steep climb to Grisedale Pike Grisedale Pike 3 Cross the summit area and follow the tumble-down wall with occasional fence posts.
The path is wide and easy to follow. Just down from the summit is a shallow windshelter. Continue down towards a rocky knoll, bear left just before to avoid a steep bit of loose scree the other side of the knoll. Keep right above the edge of the crags. As the path climbs again towards the peak of Hopegill Head stick to the main, wider, path slightly away from the edge - the crags here are precipitous.
Bear right to the small summit cairn atop the rocky outcrop of Hopegill Head. Causey Pike and Sail Sand Hill and Hopegill Head Hopegill Head and the ridge to Whiteside 4 Retrace your steps from the summit for 50m 55 yards , where the path splits bear right south eastwards towards the rounded grass top of Sand Hill. Drop down to the col and up the other side to its summit. Continue over Sand Hill, drop through scree down to the wide grassy col of Coledale Hause.
Turn left to descend into Coledale on the rough path. There is a good view down into the valley. After veering left again there is a short section of well engineered zigzags before it reverts to rough mountain path. The old buildings of High Force mine can be seen high on the fellside from the path where the old track used to be - the path crosses a short flat area with a peat hag and boggy ground to the left just where the track went alongside. Further down the path Force Crag Mine itself comes into view with Force Crag and its waterfall towering above.
The path is easy to follow and eventually drops to a ford and stepping stones across Coledale Beck. Coledale High Force, and mine levels Force Crag 6 Cross the beck and continue on the track up to the mine road. If you have time then turn left to go to visit the mine buildings - which are fascinating but largely rusting hulks. You cannot go in the buildings or mine workings as they are secured. Then follow the mine road all the way back to the car park.
Force Crag, from the mine Coledale, Force Crag, and Eel Crag Stile End and Outerside, across Coledale A walk by Elizabeth Oldham Inevitably things change on the ground so if you think this walk needs updating please let us know If you like this walk then why not try one of our other nearby walks: Name.
Grisedale Pike and Hopegill Head
They have a decent range of snacks, meals, sandwiches and treats. You could also head into nearby Hawkshead and try the 17th century Sun Inn. They do really good food including an excellent fish and chips. The inn also provides good quality accommodation and is very dog friendly if you have your pet with you. Grizedale Forest Dog Walking With its miles of wide trails the forest is an ideal place to take your dog for a walk.
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