This is one of the toughest of our hardest routes but also one of the most rewarding, as it not only takes in the peak of Grasmoor, but includes those of Whiteside and Hopegill Head.

Leaving early in the morning would be best when tackling this route, in order to give you the most daylight hours. You will also need plenty of food and drink to keep you going.

The Route

Grasmoor Mountain from Crummock Water

Grasmoor Mountain from Crummock Water

Begin your ascent up the smaller fell of Whin Ben via the path leading from the car park, veering left at NY 163 209. Once you have passed Whin Fell you will begin to ascend Whiteside, and the path brings you to the top of the Whiteside Ridge at NY 170 219 and follows its edge. Take care here, especially if you are accompanied by a dog.

Some minor scrambling may be required in places but the path generally winds around most of the rocks. Continue following the path along the top of the ridge, veering towards the right, and you will eventually reach Hopegill Head at NY 185 221. Turn right at the summit towards Sand Hill (NY 187 218) and continue heading south along the Coledale Hause path.

Keep heading south past Eel Crag, following the beck, until NY 187 208 where you will need to cross the beck and join the path that will take you along the bottom of Dove Crags and up to the summit of Grasmoor, which is marked with a wind shelter.

To descend, head back the way you came but turn right at NY 177 203 to follow the path down Lad Hows and this will lead you through fairly steep grassy slopes to the Rannerdale Bridge car park, which about half a mile south of your start point.

Useful Information

Parking: There are a number of free parking spaces at Lanthwaite Green Farm (NY 158 207) which is located on the B5289 at the northern end of Crummock Water; If this spot is full, additional parking places are available further along the road towards Buttermere

Start Point: Grid Ref NY 158 208; Slightly north of the car park, before the cattle grid and opposite the farm a track leads across the grass, and there is another path leading up the fell from the same point – this is the path you need

Summit: Grid Ref NY 175 203; 852 metres above sea level

Distance: Approximately 6.5 miles

Terrain: Steep mountain paths; Some loose scree in places

Total Time (Ascent & Descent): 6 - 7 hours

Suitable For: Adults and teenagers with good fitness 


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