Causey Pike, Grisedale Pike, etc. - (A Coledale Round)

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By Lancashire Lad on 26/03/17 at 7:04pm

Hills walked:
Rowling End (Birkett and Synge)
Causey Pike (Wainwright, Birkett, Hewitt, Nuttall, Fellranger, Synge, Sim, and Tump)
Scar Crags (Wainwright, Birkett, Hewitt, Nuttall, Fellranger, Synge, Sim, and Tump)
Sail (Wainwright, Birkett, Hewitt, Nuttall, Fellranger, Synge, Sim, and Tump)
Crag Hill (Wainwright, Birkett, Hewitt, Nuttall, HuMP, High Hill of Britain, Clem, Fellranger, Synge, Sim, and Tump)
Sand Hill (Birkett, Nuttall, and Synge)
Hopegill Head (Wainwright, Birkett, Hewitt, Nuttall, sub HuMP, Fellranger, Synge, Sim, and Tump)
Hobcarton Crag (Birkett, Hewitt, Nuttall, Synge, Sim, and Tump)
Grisedale Pike (Wainwright, Birkett, Marilyn, Hewitt, Nuttall, HuMP, Clem, Fellranger, Synge, Sim, and Tump)
Kinn (Birkett and Synge)
Date started:24/03/2017
Distance:16.8 km or 10.4 miles
Ascent:1315m or 4314ft
Descent:1317m or 4321ft
Start OSGB:NY233211
Time taken:9:27

A gloriously sunny start to the day saw me returning to the area of the North-Western Fells, for a round walk from Causey Pike to Grisedale Pike. The sunshine gave way to hazy high level cloud in the afternoon, before clearing again to give the promise of a superb spring-time evening. I had hoped that, (based on present conditions around Helvellyn's higher slopes), there would have been a good amount of snow underfoot, but apart from the western slopes of Crag Hill, (towards Grasmoor), where there was good deep snow cover, the white stuff was fairly patchy, so although carried, there was no need on this particular walk to make use of the ice-axe and crampons. Starting from a roadside pull-in, adjacent to Stonycroft Bridge at Stair, I decided to take the most direct path up to Rowling End. - Quite a steep ascent, but height is gained quickly for the effort involved, and the extensive views begin to open out right from the very start. Once on the ridge it was an easy stroll across Rowling End's flat top towards Causey Pike - The very first Fell that I ever climbed in the Lake District, way back in 1970! - and which requires a nice if somewhat short rock scramble in order to gain its summit. From Causey Pike it was onwards across Scar Crags, and then up the zig-zag path to Sail, before continuing on to the highest point of this ridge at Crag Hill summit. After a short break for a bite to eat and a drink, I then headed generally westwards towards Grasmoor, descending as far as the col, before turning northwards to continue the descent to Coledale Hause. From Coledale Hause, it was onwards and upwards. with the ascent of Sand Hill and Hopegill Head, before turning eastwards, skirting the Hobcarton Crag ridge towards the final main fell of the day, Grisedale Pike. Then came the long descent over Sleet How and Kinn, down to Braithwaite village, before taking the fell-side footpath through the area of Braithwaite Lodge / Little Braithwaite, and the final leg along the road back to Stonycroft and the car. Another great day in the Lakes!

GPS Track of the walk: -

Looking up to Causey Pike from the flanks of Rowling End at the start of the walk. (Near to Stonycroft Bridge): -

Causey Pike as seen from the lower flanks of Rowling End.

Looking across the vale of Keswick to the Skiddaw massif, from the flanks of Rowling End: -

Skiddaw from Flanks of Rowling End.

Nearing the flat ridge along Rowling End now, and the head of Newlands valley comes into view - with the crags of Dale Head dominating the scene, and Great End just peeping out over Dalehead Tarn col: -

Dale Head from Rowling End.

The route ahead - Looking up to Causey Pike and the ascending ridge to Scar Crags and Sail - With Wandope beyond, and Ard Crags at extreme left hand side: -

Causey Pike, Scar Crags, Sail, etc.

Looking across to Sail, with Crag Hill beyond, from the summit cairn on Scar Crags: -

Sail and Crag Hill, from Scar Crags.

Looking across from Scar Crags summit to Coledale Hause. - Crag Hill to left, Sand Hill and Hopegill Head to right, with Gasgale Crags and Whiteside in the distance: -

Coledale Hause from Scar Crags.

Almost at the summit of Sail. - The view back down the zig-zag path, with the ridge across Scar Crags and back to Causey Pike beyond, and the Skiddaw/Blencathra Massif in the distance: -

The view back from Sail.

A "zoomed-in" shot taken near the summit of Crag Hill, looking down on Force Crag Mine: -

Force Crag Mine from Crag Hill.

Looking across Robinson, to the "Lakeland Giants", from the summit plateau of Crag Hill. On the horizon, the photo shows: Bowfell, Esk Pike, Great End, Ill Crag, Broad Crag, Scafell Pike, and Scafell. - With Great Gable and Kirk Fell in front, and Haystacks in front of them: -

The Lakeland Giants from Cag Hill.

Having now descended to Coledale Hause, a view looking back to the crags of Crag Hill, from the flanks of Sand Hill: -

The crags of Crag Hill.

A very clear view of the Isle of Man - taken looking westwards from the flanks of Sand Hill: -

The Isle of Man, from flanks of Sand Hill.

Looking westwards along the Gasgale Crags ridge to Whiteside, from the summit of Hopegill Head: -

The view westwards, across Gasgale Crags to Whiteside.

Grisedale Pike from Hobcarton Crag ridge: -

Grisedale Pike from Hobcarton Crag ridge.

Crag Hill and Grasmoor, taken from the final slopes when approaching Grisedale Pike summit: -

Crag Hill and Grasmoor.

Looking back to Sail and Crag Hill from Grisedale Pike summit ridge: -

Sail and Crag Hill.

Coming to the end of the walk - the descent route across Sleet How, with Braithwaite just peeping out beyond Kinn, and the wide expanse of the vale of Keswick beyond: -

The descent route to Braithwaite.

Regards, Mike.

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