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




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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