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Lake District Walk
Crag Hill & Grasmoor from Buttermere

Nat Park - Lake District - Lake District North Western Fells

Wainwrights - Eel Crag, Grasmoor, Wandope, Whiteless Pike

County/Area - Cumbria

Author - Peter Aris

Length - 8.0 miles / 13 km    Ascent - 3200 feet / 970 metres

Time - 7 hours 10 minutes    Grade - mod/hard

Start - OS grid reference NY173169
Lat 54.540582 // Long -3.279769
Postcode CA13 9UZ (approx. location only)
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Walk Route Description

Photo from the walk - Crag Hill & Grasmoor from Buttermere Photo from the walk - Crag Hill & Grasmoor from Buttermere Photo from the walk - Crag Hill & Grasmoor from Buttermere Photo from the walk - Crag Hill & Grasmoor from Buttermere Photo from the walk - Crag Hill & Grasmoor from Buttermere Photo from the walk - Crag Hill & Grasmoor from Buttermere
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This Lake District walk description is based on the series of photographs taken by me on 16th May 2004 during a walk from Buttermere. The weather was perfect with excellent long distance visibility with the distant early morning view of Great Gable with a cloak of mist being particularly noteworthy.

Crag Hill & Grasmoor from Buttermere Crag Hill & Grasmoor from Buttermere Crag Hill & Grasmoor from Buttermere 
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The start is the car park in Buttermere (Grid ref. NY173169). From the car park walk to the main road in the centre of the village and turn left towards Lorton. Cross Mill Beck and take the path on your right that follows this stream. Continue uphill to reach the indistinct col between Low Bank and Whiteless Pike (Grid ref. NY 179177). The climb continues up Whiteless Breast to reach the summit of Whiteless Pike.

The path loses some height as you continue along a well defined ridge with a steep drop to your right before climbing to the summit of Wandhope. Continuing you skirt Addacomb Hole on your right to reach the summit of Crag Hill from where there are extensive views in all directions.

Retracing your steps for a short way, ignore the path to Wandhope, instead descending gently to the col between Crag Hill and Grasmoor. Continue uphill to the summit of the latter peak. The domed summit area is not well suited for those wishing to enjoy the view and if you want to look down towards Crummock Water then continue a short way west past the summit cairn and shelter.

With the last summit of the day in the bag locate the steep path that descends over Lad Hows to Cinderdale Common. This is not the easiest descent if, like me, you're unfit and overweight! The views are fantastic though and well worth the pain - much better than via Coledale Hause and Gasgale Gill.

Reaching the road at Cinderdale Common turn left and walk back to Buttermere to enjoy a well earned pint at the Fish Hotel.

Other walks nearby

Walk 1142 A circuit of Buttermere from Buttermere village - easy - 4.5 miles/7.3 km

Walk 2735 Fleetwith Pike and Buttermere Circular - mod/hard - 8.5 miles/13.8 km

Walk 2642 Buttermere Horseshoe - very hard - 14.0 miles/22.8 km

Walk 2539 Rannerdale Knotts & Grasmoor - moderate - 8.0 miles/13 km

Walk 1732 Buttermere, Coledale and Newlands circuit - hard - 9.0 miles/14.6 km

Walk 1011 Knott Rigg and Ard Crags from Newlands Hause - easy/mod - 3.5 miles/5.7 km

Walk 1231 Grasmoor & Whiteless Pike - moderate - 7.0 miles/11.4 km

Walk 2020 A circuit of Rannerdale Knotts, Crummock Water - easy/mod - 2.5 miles/4.1 km

Walk 1153 The High Stile Ridge from Gatescarth, Buttermere - hard - 10.0 miles/16.3 km

Walk 1289 Fleetwith Pike & Haystacks from Gatescarth - moderate - 5.5 miles/8.9 km

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