Ladyside Pike

Monday, 2 January 2017 TBA miles/TBA km TBA ft/TBA 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), […]


Ladyside Pike

Ladyside Pike and Hopegill Head

Monday, 2 January 2017
7.27 miles/11.7 km
2,398 ft/731 m ascent
4 hours 19 minutes

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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.



My feet really ache after any long hill walk.  Sometimes the following morning I can’t even stand up they are so painful.  So, in June I sought professional advice and went to see a podiatrist.

I know that the arches on my feet are high, and it seems that the shape of my feet is responsible for a condition called plantar fasciitis (inflammation of the connective tissue on the sole of the foot).

I left the consultation with three suggestions.  First to spend more time stretching calf muscles every day.  Second to avoid walking on my toes even on steep uphill slopes.  Third get some custom made carbon fibre insoles for my boots and shoes.

While waiting for the insoles to be manufactured, I tried the first two techniques on our walk up Grisedale Pike and the results were good.  I could actually walk without pain the next morning. The Great Gable and Pillar walk was my first real test of the insoles.

The stiff short bumpy inserts feel very odd at first, like you are walking with some rounded pebbles inside your boot, but you get used to them and quickly forget they are there.  The results were brilliant, my feet were sore after a strenuous eight hour walk, but the sharp pain I used to experience with each step was completely gone.

I’m looking forward to many more walks with my new pain free feet.

Grisedale Pike

Saturday, 12 July 2014
4001ft/1220m ascent
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.

Bassenthwaite Lake

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.

Grisedale PikeSummit 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).

Derwent Water   Grisedale Pike from Eel Crag


From the road at  NY227239. Grisedale Pike Route