Wandope is a fell in the north-western area of the English Lake
District and lies to the east of Crummock Water and south of Crag Hill.
From the summit there are excellent panoramas of the Scafell and High
The North Western
Fells occupy the area between the rivers Derwent and Cocker, a broadly
oval swathe of hilly country, elongated on a north-south axis. Two roads
cross from east to west dividing the fells into three convenient groups.
The central sector, rising between Whinlatter Pass and Newlands Pass,
The highest ground in the North Western Fells is an east-west ridge
in this central sector, beginning with Grasmoor above Crummock Water and
then gradually descending eastwards over Crag Hill, Sail, Scar Crags and
Causey Pike. Grasmoor has the greatest elevation, but Crag Hill stands
at the hub of the range. It sends out a subsidiary ridge to the south
west, stepping down over Wandope and Whiteless Pike toward Buttermere
Wandope is not prominent in views from below and from
most directions appears subservient to its higher neighbours.
connection to Crag Hill is the broad plateau of Wandope Moss sloping
down easily to the west. On the opposite side is the striking feature of
Addacomb Hole, a symmetrical hanging valley resembling a half crater,
its headwall being 700 ft high.
The ridge south westward from
Wandope is divided into two by Third Gill.
The eastern branch is
a short blunt ended spur, but the western arm narrows to the fine airy
ridge of Whiteless Edge. This makes straight for the summit of Whiteless
Pike across the col of Saddle Gate (2,065 ft).
The flanks of the
ridge are steep and rough throughout, but with more exposed rock to the
All of the run-off from the fell finds its way ultimately
to Crummock Water, the Derwent-Cocker watershed ignoring Wandope in
favour of the onward connection from Crag Hill to Ard Crags.
Beck carries the water from the south and east, running out from between
Knott Rigg and Whiteless Pike into Buttermere village.
Beck and Third Gill are the tributaries which mark the northern and
southern boundaries of Wandope on this flank.
To the north and
west of the fell is Rannerdale Beck, disgorging its flow direct into the
centre section of the lake.
A small cairn marks the summit on a
gentle grassy dome a few yards in from the fall into Addacomb Hole.
The view north is blocked by Grasmoor and Crag Hill, but a glorious
mountain view extends in all other directions. The Scafells are perhaps
the highlight from this vantage point.
Buttermere is the obvious
starting point for climbing Wandope, and several routes are available.
Sail Beck and then Third Gill can be followed to give a toehold on
the shorter eastern branch of the south west ridge.
Sail Beck can be followed further up the valley until Addacomb Beck is
reached. Above this point a fine ridge can be seen skirting the southern
rim of Addacomb Hole.
Indirect routes are also popular and
Wandope can either be added to the traverse of the Grasmoor-Causey Pike
ridge or taken on a circuit of Rannerdale.
routes near Wandope