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A Few Facts About Hopegill Head
Location - Hopegill Head is the middle fell of three fells on a ridge that starts at Braithwaite and goes west for five miles to conclude at the northern end of Crummock Water. The other two fells on the ridge are Grisedale Pike and Whiteside. The fell is often referred to locally as Hobcarton Pike as it stands at the head of Hobcarton Gill. However the Ordnance Survey have officially named the fell Hopegill Head on maps after Hope Gill which is another valley that goes north west from the summit. Hopegill Head reaches a height of 770 metres (2,526 feet).
Hopegill Head’s most striking feature is the 130 metre high cliff of Hobcarton Crag which drops precipitously to Hobcarton Gill on the fell's north east side. These cliffs are unsuitable for conventional rock climbing because they are made of crumbly Skiddaw Slate but they do provide good winter climbing with the best known routes being Thompson’s Chimney and Cave Route. The crags which are owned by the National Trust are the only location in England of Viscaria alpina the red alpine catchfly.
Summit And Views - The summit of the fell is an exhilarating place a small pointed peak poised on the edge of Hobcarton Crag giving wide ranging views. The Isle of Man is seen on clear days as are the Scottish Border hills. To the east the Helvellyn range is well seen. The summit has a small pile of stones to mark the top.