Well this was certainly the hottest I’d experienced in the Lake District in the 14 years that I had been coming up. Temperatures touching 30-35 degrees were being seen around the area. Places to swim rather than fells to walk were the order of the day. We were staying 10 mins walk from Derwent Water and we were using that regularly, alongside just chilling in the hottest parts of the day. However driving 400 miles and not having at least 1 or 2 walks would have been foolish. We’d done Low Fell and Fellbarrow on the Monday, and decided that Thursday would be good for another outing. I was hoping that Whiteside would be good, as I reckoned its westerly facing ascent might give us shade, if we went early. Plus the descent would be by a gill, meaning cooling off spots. I’d been eyeballing the ascent when walking Low Fell a few days before and figured it would be possible if we went early. Announcing to my two teenage boys that they would need to be up on holiday at a time starting with a 7, was equivalent to asking them give up ice cream during this hot weather. However they managed it and we arrived at Lanthwaite Green at 8.15am, unfortunately the ascent to Whin Ben looked like it had just started collecting the suns rays, Grasmoor next to it and the front face of Whiteside still had full shade, but not our ascent. Even at 9am we were sweating heavily, but we’d brought water, sun cream and hats and managed fine. By finishing the actual walking by 1pm meant that it hadn’t got blisteringly hot and the cool off at the end was a perfect finish to a brilliant walk. It meant that this visit we’d managed only more 4 Wainwrights, taking me up to 189 done, with my eldest on 60 and my youngest on 57 now.
Start – Lanthwaite Green
Route – Whin Ben – Whiteside – Gascale Crags – Hopegill Head – Sand Hill – Coledale Hause – Liza Beck – Gascale Gill – Lanthwaite Green
Distance – 5 1/2miles Start time – 8:30am Time taken – 5hrs Highest Point – Hopegill Head 770m
2 thoughts on “Whiteside and Hopegill Head”
Superb day and the clarity of the light for a summers day was amazing. I’m sure I must have walked that ridge but I don’t remember it. Great to see those faces of the boys change from grumpy early morning to all smiles for the dip in the water!
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We got really lucky with the air quality that week, normally it would be very hazy at that time of summer. We loved the dip in the pools at the end, much needed
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