Ladyside Pike

Height: 703 metres / 2306 feet Grid reference: NY 18491 22744

Hopegill Head and Ladyside Pike

Hopegill Head and Ladyside Pike

Hopegill Head from the summit of Ladyside Pike

Hopegill Head from the summit of Ladyside Pike

Hobcarton Horseshoe

Start point: Revelin Moss Car Park (NY 249 242)

Comb Bridge – Grisedale Pike – Hobcarton Head – Hopegill Head  Ladyside Pike – Swinside Plantation – Hobcarton Plantation – Comb Bridge

Distance: 6.2 miles     Total Ascent: 744 metres     Time Taken: 3 hours 30 minutes

Weather: Cold but overcast. 2°C.

It was a completely different day to yesterday as it was overcast and the sky was grey and flat. Things were a lot warmer as it was very still and today I was joined by Andy Lang on this circuit of Hobcarton. The ice was treacherous once again in places, notably on the climb to Hopegill Head and then the rocky descent to join the Ladyside Pike ridge.

 

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.