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About Summiteer

~Six of the Best~

28th April 2007

I was camping at Scotgate, Braithwaite. It was a short, out of season, escape for me and I was rather surprised to be charged a single person suppliment by the proprietor. I'd been coming to the site for more years than I care to remember and might have expected the surcharge only to apply at peak time. Moving on, I decided to take a wander up Outerside and then onwards and upwards, I changed my plans during the walk. It was a good one .....

Scotgate Campsite

Scroll down for photos and a description of the walk

Leaving Braithwaite at 07:45


When I took these photos in 2007, I wasn't planning on building a website. If I had been, I might have put a little more effort into the photography and story building. There are gaps in this story, but nevermind ...

Sail and Eel Crag from Outerside

The footpath is clearly in view on the left of the photo.

Wandope from Sail

Grisedale Pike from Sail

I didn't know it at the time, but the Grisedale Pike ridge on view would be part of my walk later on.

Grasmoor from Wandope

Rannerdale Knotts from Grasmoor

Hopegill Head from Dove Crags

Dove Crags

Whiteside from Hopegill Head

Hobcarton Crag

Around about now I decided to abandon the plan to descend to Buttermere and get the bus back. I can't even remember now if I'd checked the bus times. I realised that I could visit the highest six fells in the NW area in one go by going on to Grisedale Pike.

Grisedale Pike from Hopegill Head

Close-up of Hobcarton Crag

Unusual plants lurk here, or at least they did nearly 50 years ago. Wainwright Book Six Hopegill Head 7

Grisedale Pike from the direction of Hopegill Head

The Summit of Grisedale Pike

Whinlatter Plantation

I descended down the N.East ridge and walked back to Braithwaite from the Thornthwaite area.

Walkers: Just Me

Time taken: 8hr 30 minutes over a distance of around 13 miles

Route: Braithwaite, Outerside, Sail, Eel Crag, Wandope, Grasmoor, Hopegill Head, Whiteside, HH again, Grisedale Pike, NE ridge, Thornthwaite, Braithwaite.

Weather and conditions: Spring sunshine, other photos show me in short sleeves, so it must have been warm

Greetings Count: Low, I recall seeing very few people

Richard's Refreshment Review: Spent the evening in the Coledale Inn. I've always liked this place and the atmosphere in the public bar. Good food, great beer.

All photos copyright Richard Ratcliffe 2007 ©