A Coledale Round

Conditions were ideal for such a scenic “horseshoe” as this, and also, although something of switchback, the going was a good deal less tiring than on many another Lake District route - an ideal combination! Ascent was from Stare, up the “nose” of Rowling End (as recommended by Wainwright: though steep, well worth it for the views from the ridge that immediately ensue), then up Causey Pike (the views from just below its “turret” being especially spectacular), then Sail, Eel Crag (Crag Hill) and finally, as far as the turning point of the outing was concerned, Grasmoor, with its very fine views towards Buttermere and down into Crummock Water. Then down from its summit in a north-easterly direction to Coledale Hause, up Grisedale Pike (I eschewed Hopegill Head on this occasion, though regretfully) and thence back down to Braithwaite and from there along narrow lanes to Stare once more. Highest peak (Grasmoor): 850m/2791ft; distance walked: 17.8km/11.1 miles; height climbed: 1398m/4586 ft.

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