Saturday, 12 July 2014
Trail 100 #44
Wainwright #156, #157, #158, #159, #160 & #161
Our goal on this walk was the pointed ridge summit of Grisedale Pike (2595ft/791m), we included the nearby hills to make a neat circuit. Then, because it was the only hill left in this part of the Lake District, we added the pretty bobble topped Causey Pike (2090ft/637m) to our itinerary, which forced us to descend to the valley floor and then climb back up to the ridge. The result – a walk with 4,000 feet of climbing – fortunately mostly on good paths.
The climb from Braithwaite is a steady rise over the grassy slopes of Kinn (1227ft/374m), and it isn’t long before you can see the summit in the distance with the path, clearly visible. We find it motivating being able to see the route ahead, and with this walk you can see almost the whole route laid out like a map in front of you.
The summit of Grisedale Pike is stony and gives a great view of the rest of the walk and glimpses over the cols to the Langdale Pikes, From there it is an easy descent over Hobcarton Crag (2425ft/739m) to Coledale Hause.
The paths here are well worn and easy to follow as you pass between Eel Crag (2753ft/839m) and Grasmoor (2795ft/852m) (and then turn East to return down the other side of the Coledale horseshoe. We had planned to stop for a photograph at the trig point on Eel Crag to match an earlier picture taken in the snow – bur we were disappointed to find the pillar toppled and lying sadly on its side.
The next mountain is Sail (2536ft/773m), and I have memories of climbing this as a child in thick mist following a narrow heather lined path. The heather is still there, but the path is now a wide, zigzagged trail with the old route still faintly visible. The summit of Sail is a small cairn in the middle of a peaty pond.
Our route passed over the smaller hills as we made our way first to Causey Pike and then back to Outerside (1864ft/568m) and Barrow (1493ft/455m).