Log 4 Nov 2012

GRASMOOR is in the north-west of the Lake District, the highest peak in a group of hills between the villages of Lorton, Braithwaite and Buttermere, and overlooks Crummock Water.
Donald, Jeremy, Fraser, and Andy left Milngavie at 7:00. We arrived in the car park near Lanthwaite Green Farm Cottage on the B5289 shortly before 10:00, where we met Fraser’s friend David Bridge. In fine, sunny conditions with excellent visibility, which lasted all day, we headed up the ridge immediately north of Grasmoor, taking us onto Whiteside above Gasgale Gill, then turning south, following the ridge, towards Grasmoor itself. On Gasgale Crags there was a covering of snow which deepened as we went round to the summit of Grasmoor and part way down the ridge of Lad Hows. This slowed us down but at no point were conditions treacherous. For the lyrically-inclined Donald, this constituted ‘the icing on the cake’.
Before the summit David decided to make his own way down the dale towards the car park. We arrived at the summit shortly before 14:00 and enjoyed excellent views of Buttermere, Crummock Water and the North Lakes. Unfortunately, no-one had brought a camera. Donald and Jeremy then continued south from the summit to descend a ridge down to Cinderdale Common. However, Fraser judged the wet grass at the top of this ridge to be unsuitable, and Andy accompanied him towards the way we had come, and then the same descent route as David.
We arrived back at the car park between 16:30 and 17:00, stopping at Jennings pub ‘The Wheatsheaf’ at Lower Lorton (good selection of local real ales here), before getting home about 19:45.
Report by Jeremy Idle