Martin in Gatineau Park - 2018

Martin in Gatineau Park - 2018

Tuesday, 19 October 2010

Tuesday 19 October 2010 - A Great British Ridge Walk - Number 19 – The High Ridges around Coledale

Rainbow over Blencathra

By way of a change, I set off alone at 10 am this morning, on this meander around Coledale.

Well, I was walking alone, but there were plenty of people to chat to – I must have seen getting on for 100 folk on these hills today.

Luckily, the weather had improved as I headed north up the M6, though as I set off from the parking place in the old quarry by the side of the Whinlatter Pass road (NY 227 237) a brief shower summoned the waterproofs for the first time for a while.

I was soon up Kinn, and reached the top of the pyramid known as Grisedale Pike in good time.  It was swathed in light cloud right on the summit, whereas Skiddaw was pretty much engulfed in cloud until mid afternoon.

After negotiating the bump of Hobcarton Head I strayed from the purist’s route around Coledale to take in Hopegill Head, from where a couple of folk were making hard work of the slither down to Ladyside Pike.  Turning my back on them, I nipped over Sand Hill and down to Coledale Hause, with lovely views towards Buttermere over sunlit Sail Beck.

Forsaking the windy Hause in favour of the direct ascent of Eel Crag, I soon reached the point where the ‘shelf route’ that I enjoyed almost exactly a year ago joins the prow of the mountain for the easy plod up to the substantial cairn that marks the highest point of today’s walk, Crag Hill (839 metres).

Crag Hill (839 metres)

The views were atmospheric and delightful, with sunshine accentuating the bright green of the lush fields far below.

Rain was never far away – it is pushing in to the left of the picture below – but luckily I dodged it today.

The view towards Newlands from Sail

I made quick progress over Sail and enjoyed lunch with the view above, before heading on to the summit of Scar Crags, from where Derwent Water glistened beyond more sunlit fields.

Derwent Water

The path headed gently on to Causey Pike, from where a scrambly descent led to my final summit of the day, Rowling End, with this birds eye view into the valley below.

Bird's eye view

The steep descent to Stoneycroft over greasy rock was followed by a short road walk, then a lovely path beside a forest that dropped me back into Braithwaite well before 3 pm.

Here’s today’s route – 15km, with about 1300 metres ascent, taking a shade under 5 hours at a fairly brisk pace.

The route - 15km, 1300 metres ascent, 5 hours

A slide show will follow if I get around to it, but there may be a short hiatus whilst the computer goes in for repair.

Today’s walk traversed 6 Wainwrights, 11 Birketts (they are great to ‘bag’, aren’t they!) and just one Marilyn – interestingly Grisedale Pike, not the higher summit of Crag Hill.  It’s a lovely round, always enjoyable.


James Boulter said...

100 people? On a Tuesday? Should they not be in work or something?

Phreerunner said...

At a guess - 40 pensioners, 30 children, 30 parents, sole walkers and others (holidaymakers, shift workers, people with days off?).
There will be even more today - it's another fabulous autumn day even here in Timperley. Probably lots of folk in Coledale (not all going to the summits - some looked as if they were going mining!) because of the close proximity of Keswick.

The Odyssee said...

The views on this route are wonderful and it’s such a pleasant area. I don’t know why but the tops just seem to draw you on further.

You were indeed lucky with the weather. Here in Rochdale it rained quite hard most of the morning with the odd shower in the afternoon.
I even had to put overtrousers on during a walk round the park.

Alan Sloman said...

That's a lovely shot of Newlands. Ta, fella.