Whiteside Summit
Whiteside Summit

Walks By Keyword / Analysis: Cumbria, Lake District, Whiteside - West Top

A Few Facts About Whiteside

Location -
Whiteside is a fell in the North Western Fells of the Lake District. It stands at the western end of the Grisedale Pike- Hopegill Head ridge overlooking Crummock Water. Whiteside forms a shallow crescent concave to the south and fringed on that face by the great wall of Gasgale Crags. These drop 500 feet direct from the summit ridge into the valley below. The eastern end of the fell connects to Hopegill Head without any great loss of height while the western end of the ridge descends steeply over Whiteside End to the Vale of Lorton. The subsidiary top of Whin Ben (1,355 feet) stands at the south west corner overlooking the point where Gasgale Gill debouches into the fields of Lanthwaite.

Mining In The Area -
There are two mining trials on the western slopes of Whiteside. On the northern side of Gasgale Gill there is a short level perhaps aimed at picking up the course of the Force Crag vein from Coledale. Beneath Whiteside End is a small working where some galena was extracted.

Summit -
Whiteside has three summits. The "Wainwright" top stands at the Crummock Water end of the ridge and has a height of 707 metres (2,320 feet). Wainwright accepted that it was not the highest point but chose it as the summit in his Pictorial Guide to the Lakeland Fells. This western top does have sufficient prominence to be classified as a Nuttall. Wainwright described the true summit as the "East top", this being 400 metres further along the ridge to Hopegill Head and substantially higher at 719 metres (2,359 feet). The Nuttalls describe the true summit as "Whiteside East Top" and the lower "Wainwright" summit as "Whiteside". This is quite confusing for some. The third top lies further to the east a similar distance beyond the true summit. This has a height of 703 m (2,306 feet) and is referred to in some guidebooks as Gasgill Crags.

What A Fine View -
There is a fine vista of West Cumberland the Solway Firth and the hills of Scotland. Closer at hand the view of the fells is interrupted by Grasmoor and Crag Hill to the south and Hopegill Head to the east although isolated groups of fells appear in the gaps. Crummock Water and Loweswater are brought into view by descending a little to the west. The ridge walk between Whiteside and Hopegill Head is ranked as one of the best in the district with Alfred Wainwright describing it as “an exhilarating high level traverse”, there are excellent views down into Gasgale Gill on the southern side.
Links To Walks

Hill / Mountain Class(s)
Birkett, English Nuttall, Fellranger, North Western Fell, Nuttall, Synge, Wainwright

Hill / Mountain Details