Hope Gill Horseshoe

Sun 26 Aug 2007

Route: Hopebeck - Swinside - Ladyside Pike - Hopegill Head - Whiteside - Dodd - Hopebeck

Distance: 5.25 miles

Ascent: 2,250ft

Time: 3 hours 15 minutes

With: Anne


Mostly sunny but clouds building, swarms of large black flies

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Dodd, to be our last top of today's walk. One of seven Birkett's this walk visits if you are counting

Looking across to the Loweswater fells from the path through the bracken above High Swinside Farm

The Vale of Lorton from the top of the very steep path up by the wall

Kirk Fell and Graystones

The nearer of the two ridges will be our descent route off Whiteside down to Dodd

Looking along the long ridge to Ladyside Pike and Hopegill Head from Swinside

Dodd with the Loweswater fells behind

Looking north east to the Skiddaw fells

Looking back down the ridge to Swinside as we ascend Ladyside Pike

Hopegill Head from Ladyside Pike's summit

Looking across to Grisedale Pike from Ladyside Pike

Hopegill Head's north east face

Ascending the slabs, no problem in the dry

Looking back to Ladyside Pike from Hopegill Head's summit

The valley of Hope Gill with Dodd on the left and Swinside on the right

The ridge to Whiteside from Hopegill Head's summit

Dove Crags on Grasmoor

The ridge to Whiteside

Gasgale Gill

Looking back along the ridge towards Hopegill Head

The ridge to Whiteside

Looking back to Hopegill Head as we head for Whiteside

Looking ahead to Whiteside's summit at the far end of the ridge

Coledale Hause

Looking back along the ridge to Hopegill Head from Whiteside's summit

Mellbreak on the far side of Crummock Water

The ridge down to Dodd

Dodd, there is a steep drop and reascent to reach its summit

Looking back up to the Hopegill Head to Whiteside ridge from Dodd

Kirk Fell and Graystones with the flanks of Swinside on the right from Dodd

Hope Beck with Ladyside Pike and Hopegill Head on the skyline

Previous Walk: Eagle Crag and Sergeant's Crag (Thu 23 Aug 2007)

Next Walk: Binsey (Mon 27 Aug 2007)

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