Hopegill Head

Start point: Hopebeck (NY 169 241)

Hopebeck Dodd (Lorton) (523)Gasgale Crag  – East Top of Whiteside Hopegill Head Ladyside Pike (524) Swinside (525) – High Swinside Farm – Hopebeck

Distance: 4.6 miles     Total Ascent: 677 metres    Time Taken: 2 hours 30 minutes

Weather: Gale force winds and snow. 3°C

It was really rough weather today with a strong, freezing wind making the going tough for much of the route. The calmest part was surprisingly the high level ridge to Hopegill Head between the outward leg of Dodd and the homeward leg of Ladyside Pike. Coupled with the really strong wind was treacherous ice covered which had a thin veneer of snow on top – that meant we certainly had to watch our step today.

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