Grisedale Pike - Lake District Walk

Monday 20th August 2007

Having decided that I wanted to make Grisedale Pike my 200th Birkett top we had to wait two days for the rain and clouds to lift but our patience was rewarded with a clear day and light winds for our first visit to this fell. Despite its appearance as a steep climb we both found the climb up Grisedale Pike to be quite easy as our route offered plenty of chances to get your breath/legs back between the steeper sections. Once on the top the walk along Hobcarton Crag was all too quickly over and we were left wishing we had two cars and could have made this a linear walk and continued along the ridge to Whiteside.

Start: Braithwaite (NY 2272 2378)

Route: Braithwaite - Kinn (199) - Grisedale Pike (200) - Hobcarton Head (201) - Hopegill Head (202) - Sand Hill (203) - Coledale Hause - Braithwaite

Distance: 7.25 miles     Ascent: 879 metres      Time Taken: 5 hours 30 mins

Weather: Sunny with a cool breeze on the tops.

Pub Visited: Royal Oak, Braithwaite    Ale Drunk: Jennings Sneck Lifter

Route Map >>



Dodd, Carl Side and Ullock Pike from the start of the climb to Kinn.

Bassenthwaite Lake

Further up and looking across Bassenthwaite to Binsey.

Bleaberry Fell & High Seat

Approaching Kinn's summit with views across Derwent Water to Bleaberry Fell and High Seat.

Kinn's summit

Kinn's summit with Skiddaw, now clear of cloud, behind.

Grisedale Pike

Looking up the ridge to Grisedale Pike from Kinn.

Barrow, Causey Pike & Outerside

Barrow and Outerside with Causey Pike behind.

Grisedale Pike

Heading towards the summit.

Grisedale Pike's east ridge

Looking back down the east ridge from close to the summit.

Grisedale Pike's summit

Grisedale Pike's summit, my 200th top, with Sail & Crag Hill behind.

Hobcarton Crags

Looking along the ridge from the summit towards Hobcarton Head (as named by Birkett), Hobcarton Crags & Hopegill Head.

Hobcarton Head & Grasmoor

Hobcarton Head with Grasmoor behind.

Hopegill Head & Sand Hill

Sand Hill (L) & Hopegill Head (R).

Hopegill Head & Ladyside Pike

Hopegill Head and Ladyside Pike from Hobcarton Head.

Grisedale Pike from Hobcarton Head

Looking back to Grisedale Pike from Hobcarton Head.

Lord's Seat group

Looking down Hobcarton Gill towards the Lord's Seat group of fells.

Whiteside ridge

Looking along the ridge to Whiteside from Hopegill Head.

Coledale Hause

Coledale Hause with Crag Hill and Wandope to the left of the path from Sand Hill.

Outerside & Causey Pike

Outerside and Causey Pike with Clough Head, Great Dodd and Great Mell Fell in the distance, from Coledale Hause.


Blencathra catches some sun.

Low Force

Low Force.

Low Force

With a close-up.

Force Crag Mine

Force Crag mine.


Latrigg, Blencathra and Great Mell Fell as we near Braithwaite.

Clough Head & Great Dodd

Clough Head and Great Dodd from the same spot.


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