Grasmoor from Crummock Water is an unusual way to approach the mountain. It is a steep pull but the route makes best use of the finest features of the Grasmoor round, the western ridges.
Forbidding as it looks from the road the steep pull up Whiteside Pike from the Lorton Valley is the best way to enjoy a lovely circuit of Grasmoor (at 2,791 feet the highest fell in the area). The ridge from Whiteside to Hopegill Head is one of my Lakeland favourites. It is exhilarating (particularly in the wind) but perfectly safe. A true reward for the effort to get there. The walk passes through Coledale Hause towards the bulk of Grasmoor. There is a leisurely ascent with spectacular and ever changing views of Buttermere and the mass of high mountains to the west and south including Great Gable and the Scafells.
If you have the energy retrace your steps down Grasmoor and descend via Whiteless Pike via the lovely hidden valley of Rannerdale. However it does leave you further from the start point.
After passing Coledale Hause take the track south west for 300 metres. At this stage take the right fork path that sticks to the cliffs and has the best views.
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