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At Lanthwaite Green the conditions are perfect for walking, bright but slightly overcast and warm with a breeze. I have looked at the direct route up Grasmoor on a number of occasions and I feel slightly apprehensive as I approach it.

The first section of the walk is steep, a path through the heather between the scree enables you to keep off the scree. The path gets steeper and on one or two occasions I was thankful that the heather was well rooted and there are a couple of awkward steep steps where the path has eroded into loose soil. The heather ends at a delightful small grassy ledge below an outcrop of rock which can be bypassed on the left but is much more fun climbing over it.

The rock gateway is immediately above and after passing through it the rocky ridge is directly ahead. Up to this point I had followed Wainwright’s route but from here I went directly up the crest of the ridge, which is much longer that AW’s diagram would suggest. What a wonderful scramble, if you really enjoy Hall’s Fell Ridge then I would recommend this route, otherwise it could be a bit daunting. Rock, rock, rock all the way in perfect conditions, wonderful surroundings with views to match, I really didn’t want the ridge to end.

An indication of the consistent steepness of the climb is that I was able to see where I had left the car at Lanthwaite Green all the way up to Grasmoor End. The wind was very strong as I reached the summit plateau, it made walking difficult at times it was so strong.

Grasmoor for once was not shrouded in mist but the summit was as deserted as usual, I love being alone here on the great flat expanse of the summit. I followed the path that follows the edge of Dove Crags and for once was able to admire the crags and wonder at the tarn-less amphitheatre below. The path ends at Coledale Hause, a busy crossroads of footpaths but strangely quiet for once.

I wanted to climb Ell Crag by Wainwright’s Tower Ridge route but I didn’t want to lose a lot of height dropping down to Force Crag in order to find the start of the path. I decided to traverse the side of Eel Crag and indeed found a faint path that led me to the green behind the rocky tor, the Shelf Route and Tower Ridge were just as I expected them to be.

Unsurprisingly, I didn’t opt for the Shelf Route, the scramble along the crest of Tower Ridge wasn’t as lengthy as my earlier scramble but it was equally enjoyable and slightly more exposed. Eel Crag summit wasn’t misty, the biggest surprise of the day although the views were becoming a bit hazy and the wind was very strong as I followed the path along the top of Addacome Hole to the summit of Wandope.

I then walked over to Thirdgill Head Man and followed the excellent little ridge path to Whiteless Pike, crossed over Squat Beck and followed the easy path to Rannerdale Knotts. Followed the path except where it bypasses the ridge, it is surprising how many people just follow the footpath without exploring an interesting ridge with its own unique views.

Poor route planning again meant that I had to walk the road back to Lanthwaite Green.

Andy Wallace 17th August 2002

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