Grasmoor via Lad Howes ridge

Looking up to Grasmoor from the side of Buttermere and Crummock Water you will notice a ridge sweeping up from the vicinity of Cinderdale. A small top on the ridge, which is the only respite from the climb, is called Lad Hows. On much older maps it was called Lad House.

Your lasting impression of the ridge will be of its steepness. There's no getting away from it, it does climb steeply but what a view to look back over when you take a breather. The beautiful pastoral landscape of Buttermere and Crummock Water, backed by Red Pike and the High Stile ridge. Beyond, Great Borne and the other Ennerdale fells are gradually revealed. Whilst we would really like to walk down this ridge for the view, with its steepness and a small section of loose scree it is best appreciated as an ascent route. The descent is reserved for the ridge over Whiteless Pike whilst having put in so much energy to get high our walk also visits the nearby Crag Hill and Wandope.

The walk starts at the small parking area below Rannerdale Knotts on the road between Lorton and Buttermere.