Monday, 2 January 2017
7.27 miles/11.7 km
2,398 ft/731 m ascent
4 hours 19 minutes
As you descend the Whinlatter Pass in the direction of Lorton you catch glimpses of a beautiful pointed peak – this is Ladyside Pike (2,306ft/703m), our first hill of 2017 on a route over Hopegill Head (2,526ft/770m), Hobcarton Crag (2,425ft/739m) and Grisedale Pike (2,595ft/791m) from Hobcarton car park.
Set off early in bright sunshine and clear skies with a heavy frost making the ground white. Very cold and icy for the scramble at the top of Hopegill Head. Reached the summit of Grisedale Pike just before a blanket of mist. Stopped for coffee at the Whinlatter Visitor’s Centre.