15th June 2014
The Summit of Grisedale Pike
Scroll down for photos and a description of the walk....
With no advance plan for today, I spent some time looking at maps. In the end, the obvious dawned on me and we made a beeline for Grisedale Pike, heading out at 07:45hrs. I had no expectation of the grand views due to the misty mountain atmosphere.
Very warm on the ascent up Kinn, a cheeky dog nicked my hat ...
Into the mist, with a last view back to the campsite and look forward to the next leg of the climb ....
Forestry operations have changed the views on the right of the path.
The ridge of Sleet How marks the final steep climb up to the summit.
There's a great view of Skiddaw from here, sometimes.
Tripod effort. The Panasonic TZ40 thinks its doing me a favour by taking duplicate images of near ground and backlight. However, the slight movement of the subjects in that split second has seen Molly gain a nose-stripe and me an extra left ear. Many years ago, the Pentax K1000 and a Koday film shows me and Jess on the same summit. Different hat.
Jess The Dog
I decided not to go as far as Hopegill Head and we turned to the south-west for a route to Coledale Hause.
To Coledale Hause
OK, Molly we're heading back to the campsite. "Why? Most folk haven't set off yet."
To Force Crag
The dog sometimes barks at walkers passing by, more so if they are tall and wearing red shirts. So when we saw this large group, we sat down and allowed them to pass unhindered by noise and nuisance.
I wonder who this lot are? Usual offer of small prizes if you see yourself on these pages.
A short-cut to the foot of Whinlatter Pass is signposted and well worth taking.
Walkers: Me and Molly the Dog
Time taken: 4 hours 15 minutes over a distance of about 6 miles.
Route: Scotgate Campsite at Braithwaite, Kinn, Grisedale Pike, Coledale Hause, Force Crag, Braithwaite.
Weather: Warm and humid.
Greetings: Just when I thought we would arrive at the summit to find an empty space, the two cyclists who I had seen earlier at the foot of Whinlatter had got to the top just before us! Drat! Then the large group in Coledale. All good fun.
All photos copyright Richard Ratcliffe 2014 ©