Grasmoor from Crummock Water

  • A fine high level walk on the less popular side of the Lorton Valley
  • Includes some excellent views of the western and southern fells.
  • Enjoy the rocky ridge of Whiteside Pike

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, 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 and 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.

Recommend: If you have the energy retrace your steps down Grasmoor and descend via Whiteless Pike via the lovely hidden valley of Rannerdale but it does leave you further from the start point.

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Grasmoor from Crummock map


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OS Map: O/S 1.25,000. OL4 The English Lakes North West. Buy Map
Start Point: NY159208. There is parking near Lanthwaite Green Farm, from here the track leads directly up the fell to the left of the beck
Height to Climb: 839ms (2,752 feet)
Terrain: Typical Lake District paths but those on the Buttermere side are not badly eroded.
Eating & Drinking: The Kirstile Inn and the Wheatsheaf Inn are two excellent pubs nearby and their is a new tea shop at New House Farm
Similar Walks Nearby: High Stile Ridge
Mellbreak & Crummock Water
Haystacks via Buttermere
Places to Stay: Midtown Cottages, Buttermere