Raise (and White Side)

I had had good views of the northern slope of Raise from Stybarrow Dodd on an earlier outing, a peak easy to pick out because of i) its ski-lift, the only one in Lakeland, and ii) its rocky summit crown, the only one in the vicinity, but had never been up it before, unlike most of its neighbours. I therefore decided that I would try to bridge this gap and thereby complete my (non-continuous!) ascent of all the high fells (apart from Helvellyn Lower Man) that run the length of the western side of Ullswater and Patterdale, from Red Screes in the south to Clough Head in the north, a stretch which Wainwright describes as the largest continuous mass of high ground in Lakeland.
The ascent was from Glenridding, up to the erstwhile Greenside Mine buildings (now converted into a number of hostels), and shortly thereafter up to and past Stang End by the excellent zig-zagging ex-mine path, then along the old mine flue to the summit of Stang itself and shortly thereafter the old mine chimney. From here, I went directly on up to Raise summit, but because of the terrain, would recommend instead diverting diagonally to the left from the chimney to join the old pony route to Helvellyn where it winds up from Keppel Cove, and then turning right at the col between Whiteside and Raise. After walking over from Raise summit to Whiteside summit and just beyond, the return was by going back to Whiteside-Raise col and descending along the Keppel Cove path back to the old mine buildings and Glenridding once again.
The very sunny conditions afforded very good views of, in particular, Catsycam, Sheffield PIke, and, from the summit, a magnificent panorama of distant fells extending from Crinkle Crags through to the Scafell massif, Great Gable, Pillar, the High Stile massif, the Newlands and Coldedale fells, Skiddaw and, nearer to hand, the Dodds. Also, despite Raise’s height, the going is very easy all the way, being similar to the conditions in the Dodds, i.e., mostly akin to high moorland walking. The other merit of this outing is the chance to look over the extensive remains of the mine that dominated this area in the past (the book ‘Lakeland Rocky Rambles’ by Bryan Lynas provides an excellent overview of this aspect, and much else of geological interest besides).
(Highest point (Raise): 2,900 ft./ 884m. Distance: 7.71 miles/ 12.4 km. Ascent: 2697 ft./ 822 m.)

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