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Height: 852m (2,795ft) GPS: NY 17481 20351 Walking Routes

Grasmoor is a mountain in the north-western part of the Lake District and is the highest peak in a group of hills between the villages of Lorton, Braithwaite and Buttermere, and overlooks Crummock Water.

It is distinguished by its steep western flank, dropping dramatically to Crummock Water.

To the east, the fell is linked to others by Crag Hill and Coledale Hause which is also home to the most extensive scree slopes in the North Western Fells.

Two roads cross from east to west, dividing the fells into three convenient groups. The central sector, rising between Whinlatter Pass and Newlands Pass, includes Grasmoor.

The highest ground in the North Western Fells is an east-west ridge in this central sector, beginning with Grasmoor above Crummock Water and then gradually descending eastwards over Crag Hill, Sail, Scar Crags and Causey Pike.

From the valley floor near Little Town at the eastern end, the ridge requires four miles (6 km) of gradual ascent to attain the summit of Grasmoor.

Starting at the shores of Crummock Water in the west, the same is achieved by a single slope of scree in less than a quarter of the distance.

The summit area is a gently domed promenade of moss and short grass running along the ridgeline with a narrow constriction in the middle.

At the western end the summit area narrows, culminating at the subsidiary top of Grasmoor End (2,445 ft) which crowns the western face with great fans of scree descending to the lakeside road below.

The top of the fell lies toward the western end of the summit plateau, marked by a huge sprawling cairn. There are many smaller cairns and the top is characterised by sheep-mown grass.

The view is extensive with all of the major Lakeland ranges in sight with the exception of the Far Eastern Fells, with High Stile above Crummock Water perhaps the highpoint. This is best seen from the western end of the plateau.

The obvious ascent is directly up the screes from Lanthwaite on the Crummock Water road, picking through the rock scenery above to appear on Grasmoor End from the north west. This involves 2,000 ft (610 m) of ascent in about half a mile.

From the same starting point a detour along Liza Beck/Gasgale Gill can be used to give access to the northern slopes. A way can then be found almost direct to the summit around the rim of Dove Crags.

From Rannerdale a choice of routes arises, either climbing the Lad Hows ridge or following Red Gill a little to the west.

Finally Coledale Hause can be used to gain the main ridge between Crag Hill and Grasmoor. This can be reached from Lanthwaite or as the first objective of a longer march from Braithwaite in the east.

Walking routes near Grasmoor


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