Dale Head

Dale Head

Route: Dale Head and Robinson

Area: North Western Lake District

Date of walk: 29th August 2017

Walkers: Andrew and Gilly

Distance: 6.1 miles

Ascent: 2,200 feet

Weather: Cloudy

Dale Head commands a wonderful view of the Newlands Valley, and an easy way of enjoying that view is to park at the top of the Honister Pass – which is what we did today. After leaving the National Trust car park and crossing the road, the path leading to the summit starts immediately. The fell stands at a respectable height of 2,473 feet but by virtue of starting from Honister we only had 1,300 feet to climb. It was easy going and after about 1 hour we arrived at the shapely summit cairn and the magnificent view from it

We then walked along Hindscarth Edge, enjoying more good views along the way, before reaching the path to Hindscarth. For anyone looking to tick off Wainwrights it would be an easy 10 minute ‘there and back’ stroll to the top of Hindscarth, but we’ve been here before and the weather was indifferent so we gave it a miss today and continued along Littledale Edge

A simple ascent took us to the summit of Robinson and from here we descended across Buttermere Moss, a rather dreary and very squelchy area where wet feet are guaranteed whatever the weather. From here we descended into Buttermere village

As this was a linear walk, we’d already planned to catch the Honister Rambler bus back up to Honister. We had about an hour to wait until the next bus, and the time was gainfully employed in the excellent Bridge Hotel. The bus arrived on schedule and took us back to the start of an enjoyable walk. If anyone thinks that it’s cheating to start a fell walk from an altitude of 1,190 feet then it is of course possible to reverse the direction of travel described here

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