Grasmoor from Stair hut

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Summary: Summit of Grasmoor, via a circuit of the Coledale Fells.

Description: Scenically this walk is a gem with, weather permitting, lots of places to stop and admire the views. When leaving the top of Grasmoor it is worth taking the “old” path keeping more to the edge which gives you great views over to Whiteside and into Gasgale Gill. I remember many years being at Stair for New Year and new year’s day dawned cold, sunny and very clear – a perfect day. Quite a large group enjoyed this walk, getting down to Braithwaite as it was getting dark. After refreshments in the Coledale Hotel we returned to the hut in the dark.

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Distance: 20km (12 miles)

Duration: 7 hours walking. 8-9 hours including stops

Total Ascent: 1330m


Parking: Stair Village Hall (Honesty box) (OS Grid Ref. NY 3274 2124, W3W Locator ‘distracts.conclude.microfilm’)

Refreshments: None.

Obstacles: The descent from Grizedale Pike is steep and loose at the top. Not recommended in icy conditions. There are plans to pitch this section.

Escape Routes : From Coledale Hawse there is a good path down Coledale Beck. The paths from Sail towards Outerside are normally fine but need care in wintery conditions.

Optional Extra : From Hopegill Head to Whiteside and return, an easy ridge with delightful views.

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