(The mountain, not the verb!)

Raise (from Glenridding)

Lake District – North East

Route: Glenridding main car park – Greenside Road – Glenridding Common – Whiteside – Lower Man (partway 880) – Whiteside (863) – Raise (883)

Distance: 9.9 miles Ascent: 899m Time: 4 hours

OS Map: OL5 The English Lakes, North-eastern area

Parking / Start Point: Glenridding main car park

A walk I have been planning to do for quite some time is a circuit from Glenridding, up Grisedale, Dollywaggon, Helvellyn, Whiteside and Glenridding Common. Last week I was thwarted by the weather (see my walk report), and called it a day with thick clag just above Grisedale Tarn.

Yesterday I thought I would have another crack at it, but in reverse, i.e. starting up Greenside Road. The forecast was reasonable, although a bit windy, but in essence it was a 100% improvement on last week.

Everything was going swimmingly well until I approached the summit of Whiteside, when I was hit be winds of Biblical strength! I started up Lower Man, but just short of the summit I was forced to turn round. As they say, the mountain will be there tomorrow!

Greenside Mine
Above Greenside Mine, looking back towards Glenridding
Catstycam comes into view
Looking back again
Catstycam north-west ridge to the left, Lower Man behind
Helvellyn (centre), Catstycam (left), Lower Man (right)
Approaching Whiteside summit
Looking back
Whiteside summit – weather turning!
Swirral Edge
Lower Man – got the better of me this time!
Raise summit
Raise summit cairn – looking towards Helvellyn
Ullswater from Raise
Predictably, the weather turned for the better as I set off back towards Glenridding!
Swart Beck – Greenside Mine

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