Hopegill Head should be on everyone’s Lake District bucket list.

But it isn’t a mountain that grabs the headlines.

While other fells are universally praised and hog the column inches in books and magazines about the great outdoors.

Others – like Hopegill Head – fail to attract the attention of walkers or writers and are often overlooked by the crowds for higher profile peaks nearby.

This doesn’t mean they are any less magnificent.

And I have always thought Hopegill Head is somewhat under-rated.

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The rocky, exposed summit requires a scramble to reach

 

Glorious views during the ascent

Glorious views during the ascent

It has an amazing exposed summit and, approaching from Whinlatter Forest, it proves a superb climb.

These were the views I had one glorious evening last week.

Why not pay it a visit on your next trip to the Lake District?

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The sun setting on a clear evening

The sun setting on a clear evening