|The view eastwards
from Kinn as you climb out of Braithwaite.
view from the top of the climb. You can see the top part of the
climb (out of sight below the couple) from miles away, and the path is
so badly eroded you wonder when those fixing the fells are going to get
round to it. Mind you, it is now a Herculean task, with the
erosion spreading over a length of about 150 yards and a width of 50
yards, not to mention a formidable gradient. Yes, I'll help if
magnificent view eastwards from the top of Grisedale.
across the top of Grisedale towards Grasmoor. This was one of the
best pictures I have ever taken, mainly because of the howling wind
which at this time was throwing horizontal shards of ice at us.
The squall soon passed, but the wind stayed until we dropped right down
into the valley
back up towards Grisedale. You can see the squall cloud above.
we should have gone: Coledale Hause, then Eel Crags and Sail, on the
south-west, towards Hopegill Head. This was about the first time
we had felt like looking south-west, which was where the squall had
come from. Nice blue sky now...
|Eel Crags and
|The view down
Coledale from the Hause
|The crags of
|The path down
from the Hause which, as you can see, has been graded to avoid all the
erosion which had previously made it a track to avoid. Much
better now - but there's still quite a way to go. We always
descend via the grass way down the left side.
|Eyes left for
the dogs. Above them are the top entrances to Force Crag Mine,
above the crag which is down to the right. You can traverse down
to the entrances from the path down from Grisedale, then carry on down
to the right...
right-hand end of Force Crag itself. This is a 5-pointer scramble
(legs, arms and bottom), and then you need to...
the scree above the main mine workings. Not a route to be
particularly recommended, but it certainly makes quite a change from
the Hause path.
The mine was finally abandoned in 1991, and is now a National Trust property. The Trust renovated much of the machinery in the mill, and now they run guided tours around the mill buildings
little hill in the Lakes? Outerside, from the Coledale Hause path.