Grisedale Pike / Hobcarton Crag / Hopegill Head / Whiteside East Top / Whiteside / Crag Hill / Sail / Scar Crags / Causey Pike / Outerside / Barrow

Distance (Miles): Ascent (Metres): Time (Hours):
12.59 1374 9
Strenuosity: Technicality (x/10): Enjoyability (x/10):
Severe 6 7


A long and fairly strenuous walk around the Coledale Horseshoe, made more difficult by the snow and ice. I didn’t need my crampons as mostly it wasn’t much more than a dusting, but there were a few inches in places. Any deeper/more icy and it would definitely have been crampon conditions! The climbs are generally not too steep and the overall ascent, considering the number of summits, is not too bad either 🙂

I was hill bagging, so added in both Whiteside tops; if you’re not bagging then skip those for a very enjoyable circular. There is some scrambling, but under normal (non-icy) conditions this is pretty straightforward.

I did not see anyone at all until I got to Coledale Hause, but after that they began to arrive in a steady stream. I should note that a young couple asked how far they were from Crag Hill and if the snow was not too bad on Grisedale Pike. This was followed by a middle-aged chap asking how far he was from Sail! Although I obviously helped them out they really had no business being on the fells without some means of navigation, especially given the conditions! Please don’t go up there unprepared. I can’t stress the dangers enough; people really do lose their lives!

The views were not too great as the cloud was down around 600 metres most of the time, but on a clear day you should have great views of Skiddaw, Blencathra and the Derwent Fells.

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