Whiteside - Tuesday 8 July 2014
Lanthwaite Green - Whin Ben - Whiteside - Whin Ben - Lanthwaite Green
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A good path leads up to the summit. Care needs to be taken with the loose stone on the steep descent to Whin Ben.
Warm with light breezes on the summit. Visibility was generally good although the light was not great today.
OL4 - The English Lakes (North Western Area)
We had intended to add Whiteside on to yesterdays walk up Grasmoor but decided to save it for today. The route today started from Lanthwaite Green and was a straight out and back up the steep ascent and descent of first Whin Ben, and then up on to Whiteside itself.
The first part of the walk is a gentle amble to the bridge over Hope Beck and after this a gradual ascent leads to the summit of Whin Ben. From Whin Ben the gradient steepens and it is a lung buster, sometimes over loose stone to eventually reach the summit but well worth it for the views down the ridge to Hopegill Head & Coledale Hause. Grasmoor was very dominant all the way up to our right.
From the summit it was a simple task to return the way we came but we needed to take care on the steep descent because of the loose stone. A pleasant ascent & descent but probably best undertaken as part of a round to take in Hopegill Head & Grasmoor but a good walk all the same.
The free car park at Lanthwaite Green
The bridge over Hope Beck
Looking back to the bridge and a view of Mellbreak over Crummock Water
Whitside and our next goal of Whin Ben
Gasgale Gill with Liza Beck flowing through it
Up on the summit of Whiteside looking to Hopegill Head (the pointy summit). Grisedale Pike peeps out to the left of Hopegill Head.
Grisedale Pike, Hopegill Head, Coledale Hause and Eel Crag
A mono view of the huge bulk of Grasmoor which dominates the view to the south
The summit of Whiteside
The ridge to Hopegill Head
Heading back down from Whiteside's summit. Mellbreak over Crummock Water is one of those views we never get tired of looking at
The steep descent and loose stone coming down off Whiteside
Dave can just be seen at the bottom of the descent with Grasmoor's bulk in front of him
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