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Crummock Water, Red Gill, Grasmoor, Coledale Hause, Liza Beck, Gasgale Gill, Cumbria.
[9.9 km]  Wed 04 Oct 2017

OS Grid ref: NY 16254 19365
Lat/Long:
54.562554, -03.296629

The weather forecast was for wind and rain. The rain hadnít started when I reached the small car park by the road between Crummock Water and Cinderdale Common. I was heading for the summit of Grasmoor by a route Iíve not done before. Iíd looked up Red Gill before and thought I could see a faint track to the right. There is nothing shown on the map and today I couldnít see anything through the cloud.

Crummock Water from the climb
There was a faint track at first that deteriorated into a sheep track. Higher up I was in difficult deep bracken so headed for a grassy outcrop to make the walking easier. I passed a clear spring that is marked on the map then headed for the right side of the gully. It became steeper and more difficult as I was now on loose scree.
Climbing up Red Gill
Keeping further to the right I had few problems but was soon in the cloud and rain with an increasing westerly wind on my back. Before the summit I decided to have my sandwiches so used my survival bag to shelter from the wind and rain. Once on the summit area I found the path but was now exposed to the full battering of the wind and rain that came with it. There was hardly any visibility as I arrived at the summit stone shelter and I then continued on my way across the featureless summit plateau.
Grasmoor summit
There was a faint path which became more distinctive as I descended to Wandope Moss. I turned left the follow the main path down to Coledale Hause. I turned left here to descend steeply into Gasgale Gill and follow the north side of Liza Beck. The path was narrow and loose in places with some sections washed away but not too difficult to follow. I continued my descent to an old stone sheep fold on the far side of the river.
The sheepfold
I was now below the cloud and decided to hop across the river to have a look at the sheepfold and climb to a faint track above it. The track is show on the on-line map but is little more than a sheep track. The wind and rain were now in my face but the going wasnít difficult. In fine weather this would be a good alternative route through Gasgale Gill. I could see the landscape to the west but Witeshide to the north was totlly obscured by cloud.
Gasgale Gill
It was an easy descent to the road at Lanthwaite where I joined the road and then walked back to the car. It was still raining heavily and as I passed a large landrover parked on the right I noticed several dry stone wallers sheltering from the rain with the part finished wall adjacent.
Grasmoor in the cloud