Walk                           :  The Coledale Round  Grisedale Pike (2,593ft), Hopegill Head (2,525ft), Eel Crag (2,749ft),

                                        Outerside (1,863ft), Barrow (1,494ft)

Date                           :  11th August 2012

Weather                    :  Hot and humid around 20 °C

 

Distance                   : 10 miles round trip

Time Taken              : 1 hour 40 mins to first summit (Grisedale Pike)

 

Which part of Lakeland is this walk situated

 

Terrain Overview

 

Overview

 

A circular walk from Braithwaite that takes in the breathtaking scenery that the Coledale valley has to off. Be prepared for a very steep pull up to Grisedale Pike

 

 

As I journeyed down the A66 towards Braithwaite a close up view of Blencathra

 

 

From the Royal Oak pub take the Whinlatter road which veers off to the right

 

 

As you travel up the road a small and indistinct path opposite this entrance to Greengarth is the start point for this walk

 

 

After navigating through thick heather bushes the path becomes more distinct as it heads towards Kinn

 

 

Once the fence is crossed the route becomes very clear

 

 

Looking across to the Skiddaw range from the path

 

 

Further up the path toward Kinn

 

 

The full extent of the path to Grisedale Pike now comes in to view

 

 

Looking across the Coledale valley to the return leg of the horseshoe – Eel Crag and Sail

 

 

Looking down to the valley floor and the old mine road

 

 

This section of the path is very pleasant walking, however things are about to get a whole lot steeper

 

 

The really steep bit on the ascent that Wainwright drew in Book 6 – hardly changed at all

 

 

Looking to the head of the valley and the Force Crag mineworks dwarfed by Eel Crag and Sail

 

 

The summit cairn on Grisedale Pike

 

 

Looking across to Keswick and Derwent Water

 

 

The second fell of the day – Hopegill Head. This is easy walking

 

 

Looking across to Hindscarth and Robinson

 

 

Don’t know how you get a bike up there but fair play to the bloke

 

 

On the path to Hopegill Head

 

 

The path skirts very close to the imposing Hobcarton Crags

 

 

The summit of Hopegill Head

 

 

From the summit I drop down to Coledale Hause. Here a brief view to Crummock Water and the north tower of Melbreak

 

 

The path to the next summit (Eel Crag) runs parallel for a time with Gasgale Gill

 

 

The footpath leads up towards a cross roads and here take the left fork that carries on to the summit of Eel Crag

 

 

The summit cairn on Eel Crag

 

 

Looking across to the Scafells from the summit

 

 

Looking down the valley towards Braithwaite and an idea of the steepness of the climb

 

 

The ridge path down to Sail

 

 

The new path created by the “Fix the Fells” Team leading up to Scar Crags

 

 

I made the quick detour to Scar Crags then doubled back to pick up the path to Outerside

 

 

At the head of the Coledale Vallley – the Force Crag mine

 

 

The indistinct path up to the summit of Outerside

 

 

The summit of Outerside

 

 

The path to Barrow

 

 

Passing Causey Pike on the way down to Barrow

 

 

Approaching Braithwaite down from Barrow at the end of an epic circular walk

 

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