is a fell in the English Lake District and is situated to the east of Thirlmere and to the west of Glenridding valley. This places White Side
in the Helvellyn range of the Eastern Fells, with Raise to the north and
Helvellyn Lower Man to the south, both of which are of greater height.
and eastern faces of White Side are quite different in appearance. The
eastern face is predominanlty crag and scree falling abruptly to Keppel
and Brown Coves.
the western face falls gently to Thirlmere, the upper parts being mainly
grass. The lower parts do provide some rock, such as Brown Crag, but
these are generally outcrops rather than true crags.
steep-sided hollow is gouged out of the eastern face, just north of the
summit. This is the corrie of Kepple Cove, backed by Red Screes. Kepple
Cove once contained an artificial tarn, although today the bed is merely
marshy except after heavy rain.
from the tarn was used in a hydroelectric scheme to drive electric
winding gear at Greenside Mine. Commissioned in 1891, this was the first
such system in the country. It continued in use until the night of 29
October 1927 when the Kepple Cove dam burst during a heavy storm,
leaving an 80 ft (24 m) wide gap in the earthworks. The resulting wave
passed down the valley and through Glenridding village, flooding
buildings and causing extensive damage. The breached dam can still be
South of Kepple Cove, between the southern ridge of
White Side and Catstye Cam is Brown Cove. This also held an artificial
tarn, but this is now reduced to a couple of small pools widening the
stream. Brown Cove Tarn was another creation of the Greenside mine, a
stone faced dam being built in about 1860. The dam is still in place but
water now leaks through the base, the extended tarn-bed a smooth patch
of luxuriant turf.
A water leat passing beneath the north face of
Catstye Cam to Red Tarn Beck can still be traced although it is now in
ruins. There are also the remains of a level driven into the headwall of
Brown Cove, a stone arched entrance leading to an 80-yard (73 m) tunnel.
Brown and Kepple Coves unites with the outflow of Helvellyn's Red Tarn
to form Glenridding Beck, flowing on through the village to Ullswater.
slopes of White Side are bounded by Helvellyn and Brund Gills, both of
which originally flowed north to the Vale of St John. With the
construction of the Thirlmere reservoir scheme in 1884 these streams
were diverted to feed the lake a cutting being made through the low
ridge which runs parallel to the shore.
bears a small cairn in a sea of grass with the main ridge path crossing
the highest point.
Other than north and south where higher fells
intervene, the view is good and the subsidiary top of Brown Crag
(2,000 ft) on the western face also provides fine views of Skiddaw and
the west begin at Swirls or Thirlspot. The Old Pony or White Stones
Routes to Helvellyn can be used to give a start before branching off to
White Side. Alternatively a more direct path from behind Fisher Place
makes straight for the summit.
From Glenridding in the east a bridleway zig-zags up beside Kepple
Cove to reach the ridge not far from the top. It is also possible to
take a direct (and steep) line direct from Brown Cove Dam.