Robinson

Robinson

Route: Robinson and Hindscarth

Area: North Western Lake District

Date of walk: 12th September 2018

Walkers: Andrew

Distance: 7.4 miles

Weather: Cloudy with patches of sun. Windy and cold on the tops

I last walked this route almost exactly 3 years ago and have happy memories of it. Full of anticipation, I parked in the small car park at Chapel Bridge, near Little Town. As I walked along the lane past Newlands Church I could see both Robinson and Hindscarth in the distance, and the overall route was immediately apparent. I passed by a sign indicating ‘Robinson 2 miles’, which must be as the crow flies. If you’re not a crow it’s more like 3. ‘Robinson’ lacks the romance of the names of many other lakeland fells (Glaramara springs to mind), and it derives from a Richard Robinson who purchased land in the area centuries ago. The fell came to be known as ‘Robinson’s Fell’ and the name stuck

I walked past High Snab and, instead of following the path up the valley beside Scope Beck, I climbed up the steep grassy banks of High Snab Bank in order to gain the summit ridge. It was easy going until I reached the rock steps on Blea Crags. The first of the three is the hardest and involves a mini rock climb, where hands are needed. There are no dangers but it may be out of the comfort zone of some walkers. This is the reason I’d chosen to walk the circuit in an anti-clockwise direction – it would be a tricky business descending these crags

Once I was over Blea Crags is was a simple walk up to the top of Robinson. Having savoured the views, I descended and walked along Littledale Edge, then climbed up again to reach the top of Hindscarth. The views along Newlands Valley and over to Keswick, Skiddaw and Blencathra are superb and these continue most of the way back down to valley level

I descended via Scope End, which is steep and rocky in places (walking poles are useful here) and at Newlands Church I rejoined the original path and retraced my steps back to the car to complete a wonderful circuit

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