Grasmoor - Lake District Walk

Tuesday 24th October 2006

We joined up with two members of the Online Fellwalking Club, Ann & Roger Hiley, today for a walk to the top of Grasmoor. It was a special day for the two men in my life as they were both about to reach significant milestones in their attempts to complete the Birketts. Or is it just that they get dragged around them by me!! The day started off in brilliant sunshine and we were soon down to short sleeves and in some cases shorts, but once we reached the top of Grasmoor it was every layer available on as the cloud, rain and wind made for no views from the top. Once we finally dropped off the top the views returned and by the time we returned to the cars Grasmoor's summit was once again clear of cloud.

Start: Cinderdale car park (NY 1624 1940)

Route: Cinderdale car park - Lad Hows (126) - Grasmoor (127) - Crag Hill (128) - Eel Crag (129) - Crag Hill - Wandope (130) - Thirdgill Head Man (131) - Whiteless Pike (132) - Rannerdale Knotts (133) - Cinderdale car park

Distance: 7.25 miles     Ascent: 1135 metres      Time Taken: 6 hrs 35 mins

Weather: Warm and sunny to start. Cloud, rain and a cold wind on the summit.

Pub Visited: Warm and sunny to start. Cloud, rain and a cold wind on the summit.    Ale Drunk: Warm and sunny to start. Cloud, rain and a cold wind on the summit.

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Crummock Water & Loweswater

Warm and sunny to start. Cloud, rain and a cold wind on the summit.

Mellbreak across Crummock Water

Mellbreak across Crummock Water.

Lad Hows' summit cairn

Lad Hows' summit cairn, the most pathetic cairn of the holiday.

Rannerdale Knotts

Rannerdale Knotts, the final summit of the day, from Lad Hows' summit.

Lad Hows' ridge

Lad Hows' ridge and our route onto Grasmoor's summit.

Grasmoor's summit shelter

Grasmoor's summit and 100 Birketts up for my husband John.

Whiteside from Grasmoor's summit

The only view from the summit came when the clouds broke and I was able to get one shot of Whiteside.
The next hour was simply a case of walking across the top from summit to summit,
with no views at all.

Crag Hill's summit trig point and Eel Crag's summit cairn.

Wandhope (L) and Thirdgill Head Man's (R) summit cairns.

Lad Hows

As we dropped off Thirdgill Head Man the views returned to reveal Lad Hows' ridge & Mellbreak.

Whiteless Pike

They also revealed that there was another climb to do in order to get up onto Whiteless Pike's summit.

Knott Rigg

Knott Rigg catches some sun as we cross Whiteless Edge.

High Snockrigg

High Snockrigg.

Thirdgill Head Man & Wandhope

Thirdgill Head Man (L) & Wandhope (R) start to emerge from the cloud.

Whiteless Pike's summit

Looking across towards Catbells from Whiteless Pike's summit.

View from Whiteless Pike's summit

From front to back the ridges are Knott Rigg, Catbells & Maiden Moor, Bleaberry Fell and finally
the Dodds with the Helvellyn massif in cloud.


Looking down Rannerdale from Whiteless Breast.

Whiteless Pike

Whitelss Pike from the col to Rannerdale Knotts.

Rannerdlae Knotts

Rannerdale Knotts.

Rannerdale Knotts' summit

Rannerdale Knotts' summit cairn and my son Robert's 50th Birkett.

Loweswater Fell

Loweswater Fell seen across Crummock Water.


Grasmoor now clear of the clouds as we return to the cars.


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