Grisedale Pike to Whiteside
THREE Wainwright walk: Grisedale Pike, Hopegill Head, Whiteside.
Time: 3 - 4 hours (plus time for the bus journey from Lanthwaite to Whinlatter)
Parking: use the free parking area by Lanthwaite Green Farm (Grid Reference: NY 159 207) before taking the 77A bus to Whinlatter Forest Park, where the walk begins.
|Grisedale Pike, Hobcarton End and Hopegill Head from Whinlatter|
|The forest at Revelin Moss|
4) You need to find your way from the car park through the forest, then onto the open fellside at the foot of Hobcarton End. To do so, take the lower track at the entrance to the car park, across the Sanderson Gill.
|Emerge onto the fellside amongst heather and bilberries|
7) Now follow the path that heads south-west up the steep ridge of Hobcarton End. There are excellent views down onto the Whinlatter Pass road, in the valley to your right.
|Walk along the ridge towards the summit of Grisedale Pike|
|Whiteside appears behind Hopegill Head as you climb higher|
|Hopegill Head from Grisedale Pike|
|Hopegill Head from the col above Hobcarton Crag|
13) After the col, the path heads up a grassy slope to the summit of Hopegill Head 2525'). The grassy subsidiary peak of Sand Hill will be visible to your left. It provides a sharp contrast to the peak of Hopegill Head, which is a rocky platform on the edge of a precipitous drop.
|Looking down into Gasgale Gill|
Whiteside ahead of you, along the ridge
|Grasmoor to your left, above Crummock Water|
The clearest sign is on a post about a mile further down the road towards Rannerdale. However, the most picturesquely positioned sign, even though the lettering is now rather faded, can be found by the cattle grid just a hundred yards or so up the road from the Lanthwaite Green car park.