The Coledale Horseshoe

Submitted by Timwoods on 11 October 2010
OS Explorer Map: OL4 - The English Lakes: NW area
(14 votes)
A circular, full-day low hills and fells (below 600m) walk in national park Lake District (England) starting at Braithwaite, Cumbria, about 13.2km (roughly 8.2 miles) long and unsuitable for families with children, prams/pushchairs, wheelchairs.
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Tucked up in the northwest corner of the Lakes, this great walk takes in the horseshoe of peaks sitting around Coledale Beck - Grisedale Pike, Hopegill Head, Crag Hill, Sail and Outerside. Buses to Braithwaite from Keswick; for an alternative (linear) route, you could take the bus to Buttermere instead and approach the horseshoe via Whiteless Pike.
Start: Braithwaite, OS Grid: NY232236
Elevation Profile (x: waypoint number, y: metres)
Gain (+/- 10%): 1233m (4045ft)
Total (+/- 10%): 2467m (8095ft)
Loss (+/- 10%): 1234m (4050ft)
Max. Elevation: 830m (2723ft)

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OS Grid: NY232236
The footpath from Braithwaite to Grisedale Pike starts in the village, climbing steadily up the long north-eastern shoulder of the hill.
About 2.8 km (roughly 1.8 miles) from 1 OS Grid: NY204227
Keep on past Sleet How towards the summit.
About 0.6 km (roughly 0.4 miles) from 2 OS Grid: NY198225
The summit of Grisedale Pike (791m) is an excellent vantage point from which to survey the northern fells.
About 1.3 km (roughly 0.8 miles) from 3 OS Grid: NY187219
Continue past Hobcarton Crag to Hopegill Head.
About 0.7 km (roughly 0.4 miles) from 4 OS Grid: NY189212
Drop into Coledale Hause via Sand Hill. It's then a scrambly climb up past Eel Crag onto Crag Hill.
About 1 km (roughly 0.6 miles) from 5 OS Grid: NY191203
This is the highest point of the day at 839m.
About 0.9 km (roughly 0.6 miles) from 6 OS Grid: NY200204
Keep heading around the glacially-carved horseshoe to Sail.
About 1.5 km (roughly 0.9 miles) from 7 OS Grid: NY211214
The descent passes two small hummocks, including Outerside. It's also possible to visit nearby Barrow on route to Braithwaite.
About 1 km (roughly 0.6 miles) from 8 OS Grid: NY221217
The path runs between Barrow and Stile End as it weaves back to the village.
About 2.2 km (roughly 1.4 miles) from 9 OS Grid: NY233235
Finish in Braithwaite, which has three pubs to choose from. The Coledale Inn is the popular walkers' choice.
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