Grisedale Pike & Hopegill Head Walk

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Hard
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3.5-5h
Distance
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10.3 km
Elevation
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635 m
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Grisedale Pike & Hopegill Head Walk

The Grisedale Pike & Hopegill Head Walk is a tough Lake District walk that will take you uphill along an exposed ridgeline to summit Grisedale Pike, Hobcarton Crag, and Hopegill Head. While out on the trail, you will climb up the steep hillside and traverse the rugged terrain of the ridge before experiencing some truly amazing views overlooking the surrounding Cumbria landscape. This walk features some steep drop offs, so if you are afraid of heights you might want to avoid this one!

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Route Description for Grisedale Pike & Hopegill Head Walk

The Grisedale Pike & Hopegill Head Walk is a challenging experience that will take you through some exposed and rugged mountaintop terrain. Make sure to wear sturdy walking boots and take your time while making your ascent to the summit. Additionally, the top of the trail is fairly exposed to the elements, so bring several layers in order to combat the cold and windy conditions.

Despite the steep, and rugged terrain along the ridge, this is an amazing outdoor experience with spectacular views overlooking the surrounding Lake District landscape. The trail sets out from the car park and follows closely along Grisdale Gill before breaking off to the west on the steep ascent of Grisedale Pike. From here, you will traverse the ridgeline along Hobcarton Crag and Hopegill Head, while enjoying some amazing views of the mountains to the south. This is a great walk if you are up for a bit of a challenge and don’t mind heights!

Setting out from the Revelin Moss car park, follow the trail south for 0.21mi along the edge of Grisedale Gill before taking the path on the right to cross over the water. From here, keep right along the track for 400ft, before making two quick left turns that will bring you to a stile. Make your way over the stile to break out of the dense cover of the forest and begin the steep uphill climb to the summit of Grisedale Pike.

Keep straight for 1.6 km, where you will reach the rugged but beautiful lookout at the summit. After pausing to catch a breath after the long climb, make your way west along the ridge to traverse the summits of Hobcarton Crag and Hopegill Head, while taking in the amazing views of the mountains peaks to the south that include Grasmoor, Crag Hill, Wandope, and countless others.

Keep right at the junction near the summit of Hopegill Head and continue straight along the trail for the next 2.1 km, as you gradually begin to make your way downhill. Once you have reached a wall that stretches out to your right, follow it in the direction towards the wood and you will eventually meet up with a road. Follow this to the left to pass through the beautiful expanse of the Hobcarton Plantation.

Keep straight at the first junction, followed by a left turn that will bring you over Hobcarton Gill. Make another left shortly after the crossing and continue straight for the next 2.5 km, enjoying the serene atmosphere of the woodland landscape as you make your way through the final leg of the walk. At the junction, head left and continue straight to cross over Comb Beck and arrive back at the car park where you began the Grisedale Pike & Hopegill Head Walk.

Insider Hints for Grisedale Pike & Hopegill Head Walk

  • The portion of the walk along the ridgeline is fairly exposed to the elements, so make sure to wear a few layers to protect yourself from the wind.
  • This trail features some steep uphill walking along rugged terrain that requires decent walking footwear.

Getting to the Grisedale Pike & Hopegill Head Walk Trailhead

To reach the car park for the Grisedale Pike & Hopegill Head Walk from Braithwaite, drive west on B5292 for 2.9 km and make a left turn. You will find the car park on the right in 122 m.

Route Information

  • When to do

    March-November

  • Backcountry Campsites

    No

  • Pets allowed

    No

  • Family friendly

    No

  • Route Signage

    Average

  • Crowd Levels

    Moderate

  • Route Type

    Circuit

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