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Hopegill Head
770m (2527ft)

The North Western Fells, The Lake District, Cumbria, England


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Hopegill Head

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Other walkers who hiked, climbed, bagged and summited Hopegill Head Fellow go4awalkers who have already walked, climbed, summited & bagged Hopegill Head

Claire Murray walked up on April 4th, 2021 [from/via/route] Coledale Horseshoe. Grisedale Pike, Hopegill Head, Crag Hill, Sail and Outerside [with] Vitor [weather] Awful! Started off sunny and hot but was 40mph winds at the top and complete cloud. Very windy and cold, much nicer at lower heights - Hard going to start with but a lovely easy to follow track. Would be much nicer on a day with better weather

Catherine Hill climbed on September 26th, 2020 [from/via/route] The top of Crummock Water over Whiteside East Top and Hopegill and, after Grassmoor, down to Buttermere via Whiteless Head. [with] Alone [weather] Dry but cloudy and v. windy.

Nick Christian bagged on September 18th, 2020 [from/via/route] Whiteside [with] Karen Brown [weather] Good Sunny

Caroline Winter hiked on August 31st, 2020 [from/via/route] Lanthwaite Green car park, Whin Ben, Whiteside, Hopegill Head, Hobcarton Crag, Coledale Hause, Grasmoor, Liza Beck [with] Becky [weather] Very good views. Warm day 12 degrees on tops - Glorious walk. Heather in bloom and great views along ridge. One of the largest shelters on Grasmoor to enjoy lunch. Pretty waterfalls on descent

Richard Marshall summited on August 6th, 2020 [from/via/route] From Crummock Water [with] Bo and Dave Jones [weather] Hot, Sunny/Cloudy little bit of drizzle for 20 mins

Claire Kirk conquered on July 11th, 2020 [from/via/route] Braithwaite [with] Phil [weather] Low cloud and drizzly to start, sun came out in the afternoon

Kevin Foster scaled on May 20th, 2020 [from/via/route] Whiteside East Top (Crummock). [with] By myself. [weather] Very sunny and very hot. - The continuing rocky ridge looks daunting and steep but is actually not that difficult as it climbs to the summit of Hopegill Head. I'd recommend keeping right on the ridge itself rather than following the lower path as the scrambling is quite easy and more fun!

Simon Boddy walked up on September 16th, 2019 [from/via/route] Crummock [with] HF Holidays [weather] Sunny and clear

Richard Marchant climbed on October 3rd, 1993 [from/via/route] We parked at the car park just before the visitors centre up in Whinlatter Pass. The walk was basically Coledale Round starting with a walk through the Hospital Plantation on to the ridge of Sleet How and the ascent of Grisedale Pike then on to Hopegill Head-Sand Hill down to Coledale Hause followed then by the ascent of Crag Hill (Eel Crag) to Sail and then descended to Outerside missing out on Causey Pike due to Marlene shattered as it had been a long day for her, so then to Stile End and down into Braithwaite and back up the road to the car. That trek up the road seem to go on for ever and was a bad move. [with] Marlene & Alan Harker [weather] A fine day with no wind and wall to wall sunshine - Carried out the Coledale Round with Marlene and Alan Harker and the memorable thing we still laugh about today was the the pubs didn't open all day then and when we got into Braithwaite everything was closed and Marlene was so looking forward to a half of Shandy.

Dave Eyes bagged on June 17th, 2019 [from/via/route] Parked at Lanthwaite farm layby on the road to Buttermere. Crossed the road and headed up Whiteside. Onwards from Whiteside to Hopegill Head and then further on to the top of Grisedale Pike. The return journey took us via the top of Grasmoor and we descended via Lad How to the road and walked back to the car. [with] Christine Eyes [weather] good visibility but very windy once up high.

Stephen Reader hiked on July 7th, 2019 [from/via/route] Peak 9 on Coledale 10 peak challenge. [with] Mountain Walks [weather] Mixture of cloud and sunshine

Craig Steeland summited on June 29th, 2019 [from/via/route] From Langthwaite [with] With Sue [weather] Partly cloudy, warm and dry apart from a few patches of light rain

Richard Beardsley conquered on July 3rd, 2019 [from/via/route] Walked route C169. Commenced walk at 0945hrs. and arrived back at the car park at 1415hrs. (£8 to park). [with] Gillian. [weather] Beautiful sunny day, with a slight breeze. Ideal for walking. - Fantastic views once height gained. Not as hard as first thought. Thoroughly enjoyable day.

Andrew Johnson scaled on January 28th, 2019 [from/via/route] Cinderdale car park, Buttermere [weather] Clear and snowy

Stephen Mcdonald walked up on July 7th, 2018 [from/via/route] c169 [with] Joanna and Sunny [weather] Beautiful sunny day - Camped night before but had to go home as forgot clothes bag. Joanna hurt knee.

Andy James climbed on April 1st, 2018 [from/via/route] Braithwaite [with] Suzie James

Bay Wan bagged on August 2nd, 2018 [from/via/route] Whiteside, Hopegill Head and Grisedale Pike and return through the valley bypassing Force Crag Mine [with] Cocoa dog - 7 yrs old [weather] Cloudy with sunny intervals. 20 degrees - Waaaaay too much scrambling, scree, ridges and one of the shitest pathways in the valley. Went round in circles near the end cos it wasn't obvious where the path had gone! This walk is doable but challenging and not for the faint hearted!

John Almond hiked on July 18th, 2018 [from/via/route] go4awalk c408 from Braithwaite - Grisedale Pike - HOPEGILL HEAD - Crag Hill - Sail - Scar Crags - Causey Pike - Outerside - Barrow - Wainwright 146 [weather] Good - cloudy, warm and dry.

Stella Nuttall summited on July 4th, 2018 [from/via/route] From Whinlatter Forest - 2nd attempt from Whinlatter as last time we couldn't find our way out of the forest! Found our way out today, walked up to Grisedale Pike via Hobcarton End and continued to Hopegill Head. Descended via Ladystile but had great difficulty finding our way back into Whinlatter Forest. Finally we did but I (Stella) was seperated from Ann, Sally and Kath for the last hour. A lot of trees have been chopped down on the edge of the forest which were covering the paths. [with] Stella, Ann, Sally and Kath [weather] Beautiful hot sunny day with 360 degree clear views. - Christine unable to join us a she had a swollen knee. The Chalet at Portinscale for breakfast.

Simon Myerscough conquered on September 21st, 2008 [from/via/route] C408 [weather] Cloudy but warm at times

John Tippins scaled on April 1st, 2013 [from/via/route] Grisedale Pike [with] just me [weather] sunny, bright - And again on 28.03.18

Andy Jakob walked up on April 22nd, 2017 [from/via/route] Buttermere to Vale of Lowton [with] AFWC

Iain Jones climbed on July 5th, 2015 [from/via/route] The Coledale Horseshoe [with] Chris Curtis - 30 July 2017 - The Wainwright 60 - Day 2 (Coledale)

Richard Wilkinson bagged on May 5th, 2017 [from/via/route] 6 Peak Circular from Lanthwaite NT Car Park - Whiteside, Hopegill Head, Grasmoor, Wandope, Whiteless Pike and Rannerdale Knotts (finishing with a detour into the secret valley of Rannerdale). [weather] Sunny day, but with strong winds. - Good ridge walk from Whiteside to Hopegill Head - fantastic lake views from the top of Grasmoor, but difficult to stay still in the wind - enjoyable descent from Whiteless giving views of the Bluebells in the secret valley. Camera battery went on Wandope, only for me to realise that I was already using the spare!... best part of the walk with no camera! DOH!

Leon Harvey hiked on May 29th, 2016 [with] Solo

Mark Davidson summited on March 11th, 2014 [with] Alone [weather] Gloriously sunny

Tracey Cowell conquered on October 2nd, 2016 [from/via/route] Lanthwaite Green/Whin Ben/Whiteside/Hopegill Head/Gasgale Gill [with] Solo [weather] Sunny - Path at Gasgale Gill very eroded sometimes missing completely due to floods in Dec 15. Only passable this route now with extreme care.

Darren Wilson scaled on August 15th, 2016 [from/via/route] Braithewaite, Grizedale Pike, Hopegill Head Sand Hill Sail return to Braithewaite

Christina Lander walked up on July 27th, 2016 [from/via/route] Lanthwaite Green - Whin Ben - Whiteside - Hopegill Head - Grasmoor - Whiteless Pike - Squat Beck - Rannerdale Bridge - Lanthwaite Green [with] Dick, Kath & Mick [weather] Lovely day

Anthony Scott climbed on July 18th, 2016 [from/via/route] B5289 and Whiteside [with] me [weather] Humid!

Nick Dobson bagged on May 21st, 2016 [from/via/route] Braithwaite via Grisedale Pike [with] Margaret & Ralph [weather] Cloudy but warm - Back down through Coledale

Victoria Bates hiked on February 23rd, 2016 [from/via/route] C196 from Buttermere [with] Mark [weather] Beautiful

Clive Ward summited on January 21st, 2016 [from/via/route] See Whiteside entry [with] Ben, Ian, Chris

Jon Mapp conquered on June 20th, 2015 [from/via/route] c408 [with] Suzzanné, Caroline and Robin [weather] Low cloud, drizzle - No view from the top, too much low cloud and rain :-(

Claire Lloyd scaled on August 27th, 2007 [from/via/route] From Whiteside [with] Family

Stephen Eddy walked up on June 13th, 2015 [from/via/route] Braithwaite via Grasmoor [with] Mike Woodhouse, Tony Harris [weather] Warm

David Noble climbed on April 4th, 2015 [from/via/route] Braithwaite [with] Jack [weather] Sunny - Lost dog lead and again on 17th April 2015

Ann Davis bagged on July 21st, 2014 [from/via/route] Grisedale pike [weather] Hot

Christine Knowles hiked on June 8th, 2014 [from/via/route] part of Coledale Round [with] Graham [weather] Nice day

Lee Senior summited on April 5th, 2014 [from/via/route] As part of the Coledale Round [with] Andy [weather] rain and low cloud with mist

Graham Coules conquered on May 19th, 2014 [from/via/route] Grisedale Pike and Hopegill Head from Whinlatter [with] Dale [weather] Sunny and warm

Elaine Evans scaled on April 25th, 2014 [from/via/route] From Grisdale Pike via Hobcarton Crag. [with] Sue [weather] Sunshine & cloud but stayed dry. - Good day for walking, lots of other people out walking.

Steve Frank walked up on September 8th, 2013 [from/via/route] Braithwaite [with] Jackie Frank

Angela O'neill climbed on September 26th, 2013 [from/via/route] Grisedale [with] John [weather] Fine & Dry

Harry Meijer bagged on August 30th, 2013 [from/via/route] The Coledale Horseshoe,Braithwaite [with] The Lake District Walker

Tim Buckley hiked on August 17th, 2011 [from/via/route] Following the Coledale Round, from Grisdale Pike on the way to Eel Crag. Second climb on the 26th August 2013 from Whiteside on the way to Sand Hill then Grasmoor. [with] Both solo walks. [weather] Hot and sunny on both occasion's, so much for bad UK summers! - Talked to two other walkers from Carlisle who had already completed all 214 Wainwrights - fantastic.

Beth Webster summited on June 17th, 2012 [with] Hannah Phillips

Joanne Mcgawley conquered on August 23rd, 2013 [with] Rich [weather] Muggy then windy and cold, then muggy again! - 11.58 miles. 8 Wainwrights.

Jeanette Coward scaled during July, 2013 [weather] hot

Wayne Baxter walked up on June 26th, 2013 [from/via/route] Braithwaite, Grisedale Pike, Hopegill Head, Crag Hill, Sail, Scar Crag, Causey Pike, Outside, Barrow and Braithwaite. [with] Sue [weather] Sunny

Kevin Parnham climbed on June 8th, 2013 [from/via/route] From Grisedale Pike [with] Jo and Charlotte [weather] warm and sunny - impressive views from here

Raymond Barnett bagged on May 4th, 2013 [weather] wet

Derek Parkin hiked on May 24th, 2013 [with] Lynn Parkin [weather] sleet and hail stones, very windy

David Short summited on February 17th, 2013 [from/via/route] Braithwaite [with] own [weather] Excellent

Dale Verrall conquered on March 17th, 2012 [from/via/route] Crummock Water - Walk number C196 [with] Les & Amber [weather] Started well but then snowed

Darren Mortimer scaled on February 2nd, 2013 [from/via/route] Braithwaite [with] Dermot Palmer [weather] Sunny with a little wind but very cold on the tops

Phillip Bulley walked up on August 17th, 2011 [from/via/route] Coledale Round [with] David [weather] Cloudy

Iain Taylor climbed on April 11th, 2010 [from/via/route] Lanthwaite Green Farm (NY 15906 20780)

Charlie Housley bagged on July 5th, 2012 [from/via/route] As part of an extended Coledale Round which included Grisedale Pike, Grasmoor, Whitesdie, Wandope, Whiteless Pike, Eel Crag (Crag Hill), Sail and Scar Crags. [with] Solo. [weather] A proper mixture today. Started out with the sun glaringly hot and no cloud, then later, lots of dark clouds and the threat of thunder and lightning. One thing that was constant was the humidity; which was a cracking 90% apparently.

Christine Shepherd hiked on September 22nd, 2007 [from/via/route] Walked from Braithwaite using walk c137 [with] On my own [weather] A clear, bright day - Climbed this again on 18.6.12.

Adam Shewry summited on May 27th, 2012 - My 100th mountain in the uk, 1 week until my 12th birthday.

Tony Aspden conquered on July 3rd, 2008 [with] Andy [weather] A Sunny day that suddenly changed resulting in violent Thunderstorm - Headed off ridge via Sand Hill to lower ground!

Andy Nicholls scaled on September 26th, 2011 [from/via/route] Keswick

Wendy Sockett, Jane Wilkinson, Angela Moroney, Melanie Dunn, David Kelley, Paul Woodhouse, Jenny Godfrey, Mr M A Blanchard, David Watson, Paul Kendell, Louis Smith, Robert Maclean, David Butterfield, Steven Woodroffe, Jo Dixon, David Shaw, John Walter, David Laws, Claire Rigg, Elaine Grayson, Adrian Roberts, Louise Sandwith, Pam Armstrong, Patricia Dilley, Peter Clark, Simon Duerden, Colin Egan, Jonathan Tobin, Phil Clark, Paul Booth, David Hickin, Helen Marrs, Richard Price, Linda Mckeogh, Trevor Williams, Tracey Cordes, Alan Davidson, Paul Henderson, John Cuthbert, Patrick Buckland, Chris Bramley, John Southward, Stephen Millington, Chris Bede, Rob Barklamb, David Buttress, Jacqui Smith, Ray O'hara, Linda Walker, Libby Burns and Rebecca Hardy have all walked, climbed & bagged Hopegill Head.

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Hopegill Head and Sand Hill from Crag Hill (Eel Crag) trig point

Hopegill Head and Sand Hill from Crag Hill (Eel Crag) trig point

Photo: Peter Dryden (8)

Hopegill Head and Grisedale Pike from Wandope

Hopegill Head and Grisedale Pike from Wandope

Photo: David Hayter (51)

Whiteside (Crummock) from Hopegill Head

Whiteside (Crummock) from Hopegill Head

Photo: Christine Shepherd (68)

Hopegill Head and Grisedale Pike from the cairn on the summit of Whiteside (Crummock)

Hopegill Head and Grisedale Pike from the cairn on the summit of Whiteside (Crummock)

Photo: Christine Shepherd (63)

Hopegill Head and Hobcarton Crag from Grisedale Pike

Hopegill Head and Hobcarton Crag from Grisedale Pike

Photo: Paul Johnson (7)

Looking across Hobcarton Crag to Grisedale Pike from Hopegill Head

Looking across Hobcarton Crag to Grisedale Pike from Hopegill Head

Photo: Christine Shepherd (65)

Hopegill Head and Hobcarton Crag from Grisedale Pike

Hopegill Head and Hobcarton Crag from Grisedale Pike

Photo: William Ringwood (21)

Hopegill Head summit cairn

Hopegill Head summit cairn

Photo: Christine Shepherd (64)

Whiteside from Hopegill Head

Whiteside from Hopegill Head

Photo: William Ringwood (22)

Ladyside Pike summit cairn with Hopegill Head (centre left) and Grasmoor (right) in the background

Ladyside Pike summit cairn with Hopegill Head (centre left) and Grasmoor (right) in the background

Photo: Christine Shepherd (289)


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