I’ve adopted some of Wainwright’s routes as we would have certainly been using them at the time. But there are two key questions.
First, how to climb Crag Hill from Coledale Hause? I’m guessing we went up the scree rather than the longer route by the beck, which would have involved some back-tracking on the descent. Second, how did we get down from Grasmoor? I’ve assumed Red Gill, “quick and safe” said the great man. It looks a little steep to me these days, but back then, I was 23.
I did take a note of the route though. Whiteside (2359ft) first, then Hopegill Head (2526ft), followed by Crag Hill aka Eel Crag (2753ft) and Wandope (2533ft) before finally Grasmoor (2795ft).
Adrian on Kinn
From the Pike, the ridge to Hopegill Head (a re-visit, see above) could intermittently be seen curving away to the right, with the intervening top of Hobcarton Crag (2452ft) in the way – it was only when down from the hills later that day that I realised it too was a Hewitt.
Grisedale Pike, Hopegill Head and Hobcarton Crags
These three hills form the ‘out’ of the horseshoe; there’s an unavoidable dip to Coledale Hause, just below 2000ft, before the ‘back’ leg can start. This begins with a prosaic climb – ie not the possible scree of ’74 – to revisit Crag Hill.
However what follows is one of the Lake District’s top ridge walks – I can only imagine the brilliant day out that could be had with any sort of decent visibility. There’s first a steep drop and climb onto Sail (2536ft) before easier ground onto Scar Crags (2205ft). The final hill, Causey Pike (2090ft), may be the lowest of the group, but its distinctive ‘triple notch’ overlooking Derwent Water makes it perhaps the most interesting of them all.
Scar Crags and Causey Pike
Alas by now Adrian’s knee was not doing all the things it should, and the descent was to prove a pain in more ways than one. We had a fair little road walk to get to the Hawse End landing stage for the boat back to Keswick, but as if by magic the Rambler bus – I didn’t know it came down these little lanes – made one of its two-hourly sweeps past at just the right time.
Crumnock Water and Loweswater