Coledale Horseshoe

Causey Pike, Sail, Eel Crag (Crag Hill), Sand Hill, Hopegill Head, Grisedale Pike

11 Miles

7th May 2017

 

Just before 7am.  The top of Causey Pike, in cloud.  I park up opposite the beginning of the trail.  One other car just along the road.  Nobody in sight.

causey pike from stoneycroft

 

Tackling things head on, Rowling End is a lengthy and steep scramble.

rowling end ascent

 

Over to the left is Catbells.

catbells from rowling end

 

Behind is Derwent Water...

newlands from rowling end

 

Skiddaw (top left) is draped in cloud, as it was for most of the time I was out.

view east from rowling end

 

Reaching the top of Rowling End, Causey Pike is once again in view.  Well, most of it.

causey pike

 

Newlands Valley on the left.  From this distance it's hard to believe what delights are to be found in there, but I found out on my last lakes walk.

newlands valley left little dale right

 

Looking back down to Rowling End, you can see two paths.  Both lead back to the start of the route.

looking down to rowling end from causey pike

 

The distinctive summit of Causey Pike.  Time to put the camera in the backpack, 'cos I think I'm gonna need both hands...

the distinctive summit of causey pike

 

A mobile phone photo, just trying to get across the lay of this craggy top.

final climb onto causey pike summit 

 

From the top, a lovely view of my walk, ahead.

scar crags to the left grisedale pike over to the right

 

Making my way along Scar Crags...

scar crags

 

Zig Zag ascent of Sail.  A bit boring, so I ate my scrumpy sausage roll while making my way up.  I got it from Rheged, just incase you're interested.  It was nice...

zig zags up sail

 

Grisedale Pike with Force Crag Mine below...

grisedale pike with force crag mine below

 

Nearly at the top of the zig zags.  This shot makes it look like the path is raised, but I don't think it is.  It's just the drainage ditch creating the illusion.

looking back down the zig zags

 

Summit of Sail, with Eel Crag (Crag Hill) behind - the highest point.  Looks easy...

top of sail crag hill behind

 

Except, yet again, you've got to lose some height first...  a nice clamber, though...

clamber down from sail

 

The vast expanse of Eel Crag (Crag Hill) summit...

crag hill summit

 

So calm and quiet at the top that I did a quick video.  Make sure you turn your speakers up so you can hear the silence!     

From the summit of Eel Crag (Crag Hill)

 

 

straight on for grasmoor

 

Above, straight on for Grasmoor, but I'm turning right to head down to Coledale Hause...

sand hill and hopegill head

 

Coledale Hause.  Lots of choices here.  Amongst others, you can go straight up for Sand Hill and Hopegill Head, or short cut to Grisedale Pike, up and right.  You can also head down the valley on the miners road...

sand hill and grisedale pike

 

Whiteside, to the west.  Loweswater JUST visible...

whiteside

 

Reaching the top of Hopegill Head is a treat.  It's only when you take the final few steps up onto the rocky summit that the world drops away infront of you, and the northern end of Cumbria is revealed.

north from hopegill head

 

Walkers make their way up from the west.  Crummock Water now visible.

west from hopegill head

 

And where I'm going, east.  Last peak of the day, Grisedale Pike, left.  First peak of the day, Causey Pike, in the background.

east from hopegill head

 

A bigger vista. Path from Sand Hill on the right.

north west fells

 

The Notch, down the side of Hopegill Head...

hobcarton crag

 

Lovely slate crazy paving...

crazy paving

 

Looking back whence I came...

stile end causey pike sail crag hill eel crag

 

Mountain bikers coming down off Grisedale Pike, after stopping to fix a puncture...

mtbers coming down off grisedale pike

 

Looking back to Hopegill Head (right most) and the impressive Hobcarton Crags...

sand hill hopegill head

 

Just below the top of Grisedale Pike...

summit of grisedale pike

 

Looking below the cloud to Coledale Beck...

coledale beck

 

And to the other side of the summit...

north east ridge from east how

 

My route down.  Sleet How.  Actually a really nice descent.  Lots of scree, but you can step down the rocky protrusions inbetween, and make good progress...

sleet how

 

A glance back...

grisedale pike from sleet how

 

A look north to Whinlatter Forest. Home to some brilliant mountain bike trails.

whinlatter forest

 

The step down from Sleet How onto Kinn is extremely steep, and unrelenting.  Very hard on the pads of the feet!  And the trail suffers, too...

diamond steps

 

Looking down to Braithwaite.  The atmosphere has cleared somewhat...

above braithwaite

 

Just above Braithwaite...

just above braithwaite

steps into braithwaite

 

Braithwaite - Very picturesque...

braithwaite

 

The final path, back along to Stoneycroft.

along to stoneycroft

 

It was along here that I passed a couple of walkers, who upon greeting, one mentioned that it was the second time we had passed.  We quickly worked out that the first time was behind Eel Crag.  We had a quick chat about our day, and that although we were all a little weary, it had been a superb day out. 

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