The Grasmoor fells

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Grasmoor and its neighbours are situated in the north west of the Lake District between Derwentwater and Buttermere, and are among the most delightful fells in the National Park.

The fells form the central massif of this corner of the lakes, with the Dale Head group immediately to the south across Newlands Pass, and the Whinlatter Forest group to the north. They consist essentially of two east-west ridges joined by a central col, with the lonely Codale valley draining between the ridges eastwards towards Braithwaite, and the lively ravine of Gasgale Gill doing the same towards Crummock Water to the west. The northern ridge includes Whiteside, Hopegill Head and Grizedale Pike, while the southern ridge consists of Whiteless Pike, Wandope, Eel Crag, Sail, Scar Crags, and the characteristic knobbled top of Causey Pike. Grasmoor itself, the highest in the group at 2791 ft, stands in isolation west of the main col. Whiteless Pike has an outlier, the delightful Rannerdale Knotts, while the Eel Crag ridge also feaures a subsidiary ridge that forms the fells of Outerside and Barrow. South of the main group is a tertiary ridge overlooking the Newlands valley from the north, and forming the tops of Knott Rigg and Ard Crags.

Journeys along these ridges are a delight and represent some of the best walking in Lakeland. The through routes between Buttermere and Braithwaite, done with the aid of an initial bus jorney out from Keswick, are particularly good.

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Rannerdale Knotts, 31st May 1985

A little fell with a big view.
Hopegill Head and Whiteside, 8th September 1987

A dramatic walk under glowering skies.

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This page last updated 17th January 2005