Whiteside Pike

Whiteside Pike viewed from the south

Summits: There are no fewer than nine summits in this chapter, the most of any in volume 8. The order that Wainwright describes them in is: Whiteside Pike (1302 feet above sea level); Todd Fell (1313’); Capplebarrow (1683’); two nameless summits at 1819’ and 1771’; Long Crag (1602’); White Howe (1737’); another nameless summit at 1736’ and Lamb Pasture (1205’).

Walkers and Lamb Pasture

Walkers heading towards Lamb Pasture

Date bagged: First visit: 10th March 2015 (walk 93): all nine summits bagged in the order given above.

Second visit: The last four summits listed above, in reverse order (hence, Lamb Pasture to Long Crag) were rebagged on 7th September 2016 (walk 117). The remaining five have not yet been bagged a second time.

Bagged as numbers: First round: 290-298 of the 330. [<< Clints Crags (289)  (299) Faulds Brow >> ]

Second round: 64-67 of the 330. [ << Whiteside (63)  (68) Grey Crag >> ]

Route of ascent and descent: First visit: Although I followed the walk as described in the book there were variations at the start and end, firstly because I had to walk in from Burneside. I then came up from Mursthwaite, in Longsleddale, rather than Mosergh as in the book, which worked OK until I had to climb a high wall. At the end of the walk I used Wainwright’s suggested alternative of a direct descent to Dryhowe Bridge rather than the more circuitous route via Thorn Cottage.

Second visit: Came in from Burneside again, then effectively reversed Wainwright’s route of descent, thus coming up the eastern of the two ridges. After Long Crag, went on to Grey Crag.

Summit of Long Crag

Looking back to the summit of Long Crag

What Mr Wainwright says (from page 261 of volume 8): “…Bannisdale earns a living for two farms deeply set in the shelter of a surround of fells. The lofty skyline forms a horseshoe, consistently above 1500’ for five miles, and provides a good high-level walk all around the valley…. The watershed is everywhere grassy — a sheep pasture enjoyed also by fell ponies — and featureless, one mile being very much like the next except for the distinctive Whiteside Pike, a dark pyramid of heather and bracken and outcrops of rock: much the most attractive part of the horseshoe and worth a visit even if one goes no further.”

View south from Todd Fell

Looking south from Todd Fell

What I say: The Horseshoe is a good walk on a clear day, with fine views, but there are boggy bits around Long Crag and as Wainwright suggests, it’s not going to excite anyone devoted to rock and crags, though Whiteside Pike is, as he notes, an exception. It’s also a long way from anywhere, but this too is part of its appeal.

As well as doing the horseshoe one could also use these ridges as a way of getting to Grey Crag, in volume 2, as noted on pages 5 and 6 of that Wainwright chapter: and as I did on walk 117.

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One Response to “Bannisdale Horseshoe”

  1. […] slice through the far eastern fringe of the District: several from chapters in the Outlying Fells (Bannisdale Horseshoe, Howes, Naddle Horseshoe) and three from the Far Eastern Fells (Grey Crag, Tarn Crag, Selside […]

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