With extraordinary views, rolling clouds and exceptional walks, Grisedale Pike is one the Lake Districts most interesting destinations. Grisedale Pike is an exceptional example of a Wainwright fell and is located in the Lake District region of North West England. This small mountain is largely made up of laminated mudstone and siltstone that extends down five ridges to the adjacent valley floors. The village of Braithwaite is situated at the base of the lengthy eastern ridge
It is extremely popular with hillwalkers and was brought to prominence by Alfred Wainwright who stated in his book:
“All visitors who come to walk on the hills turn their footsteps in due course to Grisedale Pike. It is seldom a prime objective, being a little out of the way, but the graceful peak piercing the western sky is a nagger of conscience and cannot long be ignored. Nor should it be.”
The most popular route to the summit starts outside Braithwaite and is known as the Grisedal Pike Path. It winds its way up the eastern flank before following the ridge in a generally east to west direction – a distance of around 2 miles (3.2 km).
Directly below the southern summit of Grisedale Pike are the remains of the Force Crag mine which up until 1991 was the last lead mine to be operating in the Lake District. Along with others in the region it provided vast quantities of munition quality barites during WW11. In 1990 a major collapse within the mine created serious flooding that could not drained. The owners, the New Coledale Mining Company, had no choice but to shut it down. The associated buildings a mill are now in the care of the National Trust and listed as a scheduled monument.
Perhaps the most compelling reason to climb Grisedale Pike is the spectacular view from the summit. On a clear day it is even possible to see Slieve Donard Mountain some 90 miles way across the Irish Sea in Northern Ireland. Other landmarks visible from the summit include; The Isle of Man and even the southern uplands of Scotland. Given the right weather conditions it is actually possible to see all four major regions of Great Britain – England, Wales, Scotland and Northern Ireland.
Camping and Caravanning Club Site
Crow Park Road, Keswick
Cumbria, England, CA12 5EP
+44 (0)1768 772 392
- Address: Carpark, B5292, Braithewaite, Cumbria, England, United Kingdom, CA12 5SY
- GPS: 54.601861,-3.191578599999957
- Part of UK: England
- Sat Nav Postcode: CA12 5SY
- Entrance Fees: Free Access
- Disabled Access: None
- Visibility from Road: Excellent (From a distance)
- Image Credits: Stewart Smith Photography