Grisedale Pike

This lovely walk up to the summit of Grisedale Pike walk takes you high into the northern fells and, on a clear day, you can see across to Scotland and the Isle of Man from the top. This fell is fairly exposed, so you might experience some buffeting on a windy day.

The route down takes you through a disused mine which is now a Scheduled Monument. This is a fairly long walk, so allow plenty of time.

The Route

A trail leading from Grisedale Pike to Hopegill Head

A trail leading from Grisedale Pike to Hopegill Head

The route to the summit is very simple and clearly marked from the car park just outside of the village of Braithwaite at Grid Ref NY 227 237. There is little opportunity for deviation from the path so it is very easy to follow. Towards the summit, the terrain becomes rockier and you need to be aware of buffeting from the prevailing winds.

The panoramic views at the top are worth the effort it takes to get there. Continue past the summit back down the other side of the ridge, following the same path until you reach Grid Ref NY 192 219. (Here, if you choose, you can continue straight on towards Hopegill Head to add another fell to your list before heading south via Sand Hill and down to the mine. This is a slightly longer and more strenuous walk).

Turn left at this point and follow the path down the side of the fell, where you will join a path at Grid Ref NY 188 213. Turn left and then left again at Grid Ref NY 188 211. This path joins onto the old mine track which will take you past some abandoned mine buildings and through a valley back to the car park.

Useful Information

Parking: There is a limited amount of free parking near the start of the route on the B5292 (Whinlatter Pass) at Grid Ref NY 227 237; During weekends and school holidays the school in the village of Braithwaite allows visitors to park in their grounds for a small fee; Braithwaite is just outside of Keswick off the A66

Start Point: Grid Ref NY 227 237; From the small car park there is a clearly marked path that starts with a series of steps

Summit: Grid Ref NY 199 226; 791 metres above sea level

Distance: Approximately 7 miles

Terrain: Well maintained paths for the most part; Rocky in places

Total Time (Ascent & Descent): 6 hours

Suitable For: Adults with good fitness


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