BB1238 : Raise-ing the Sticks

15th November 2012

The A team walk on Wednesday in search of suitable premises for downsizing  looked a tough one, so Tony and I made our excuses and opted for a leisurely day on Thursday.

The forecast had suggested that the southern Lakes were likely to be shrouded in mist for much of the day so we decided to head north. A good decision as it turned out. We could barely see the pub as we crossed Kirkstone Pass and the fog remained thick as we descended. But by the time we’d parked up at Glenridding some of the lower tops could be seen.

The plan was to head up to the old lead and silver mine workings at Greenside – now the site of Glenridding Youth Hostel. This valley is a fascinating area with a rich history.

 Low cloud over Place Fell

Greenside Mine workings

Half a mile into the walk, Tony was starting to blow a bit and we had the first of two or three "JPL" stops – the ones where you ask questions about the view without having the slightest interest in the answer!

But he soon found his second wind and we pressed on steadily. It had been my intention to go up Sticks Pass but a complete lack of concentration as we chatted meant that I completely ignored the turning at Greenside and pressed on up Kepel Cove. I admitted the error to Tony although I needn’t have because, as Tony said, the only route he knows how to get up and down in the Lakes is Striding Edge!

Twelve o’clock came and went as we neared the top of the climb but we pressed on as a strong, cold wind and a complete absence of any suitable place to get out of it delayed lunch.

Comitibus :  between Whiteside and Raise

Reaching the saddle between Whiteside and Raise we spotted a small clump of rocks which provided a small amount of shelter.

Stove out and a quick brew, team photo, and the highlight of the day for me. Tony (not me – Tony!) suggested we should go up Whiteside and back down again before continuing over Raise so as to do two Wainwrights. I can’t remember this ever happening before.

 North West Fells from lunch stop

Looking to the Dodds from Raise summit

Descending Sticks Pass to Greenside

Comitibus :  Bill and Ben, Glenridding

Once over Raise it was a pleasant descent down Sticks Pass and back to the valley as we discussed Tony’s ambitions to go up Scafell Pike.

Bryan, 15th November 2012




Thursday 15th November

Distance in miles:

9.2 (Anquet / Harvey's)

Height climbed in feet:

3,055 (Anquet / Harvey's)


Raise, White Side

Other Features:

Sticks Pass-


Bryan, Tony


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