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Lake District Walks

Dale Head & Robinson

Date: 9th August 2014
Distance: 6.5 miles
Ascent: 3074 feet
Time: 5 hours 30 mins
With: Liam
Start Grid Ref: NY225135

Walk Summary:
A superb linear walk from Honister Hause to Buttermere via Dale Head, Hindscarth, Robinson and the less well known High Snockrigg.

Route Summary: Honister Hause - Dale Head - Hindscarth Edge - Hindscarth - Littledale Edge - Robinson - Buttermere Moss - Great Snockrigg - Buttermere

Photos: Click on the photos below to enlarge.

Looking along Gatesgarthdale towards Dale Head
The path climbing on to Dale Head
Liam climbing Dale Head
The Newlands Valley from the top of Dale Head
Hindscarth from Dale Head
On the summit of Dale Head
High Spy
Fleetwith Pike from Hindscarth Edge
Looking down on Buttermere from Hindscarth Edge
Looking back at Dale Head
Liam in the shelter on Hindscarth where we ate lunch
The superb view we enjoyed whilst eating lunch
By the summit cairn on Hindscarth
Liam starting the climb on to Robinson
Approaching the top of Robinson
Liam on the summit of Robinson
Rannerdale Knotts and Crummock Water
OS surface block by the summit cairn
High Snockrigg from the path descending Robinson
Looking across Buttermere Moss towards High Snockrigg
Liam crossing the deceptive looking Buttermere Moss
Looking back up at Robinson
Buttermere, High Crag and High Stile from High Snockrigg
Rannerdale Knotts and Crummock Water from High Snockrigg
Looking down on Buttermere village
Liam on High Snockrigg
High Stile
Liam towards the end of the descent from High Snockrigg
Looking back up at High Snockrigg
Buttermere Church

Walk Detail: This was the second walk of a two-day trip to Buttermere with my nine year old nephew Liam - his first walking trip to the Lake District. Taking advantage of the Keswick to Buttermere bus this was a linear walk from Honister Hause back to Buttermere via a succession of tops starting with Dale Head.

The ascent of Dale Head from Honister Hause was direct and uncomplicated. While it lacked the stunning retrospective views we'd enjoyed the previous day climbing Fleetwith Pike this route had the advantage of leaving the best view from Dale Head - along the full length of the Newlands valley - until the last moment when we arrived at the summit cairn.

When we set off there was a bit of drizzle in the air and many of the higher fells still had a covering of cloud. As we arrived at the top of Dale Head the cloud began to break and by the time we had dropped down Hindscarth Edge and made our way on Hindscarth it had turned in to a quite beautiful day. It was also quite windy so I earmarked the shelter situated to the north of Hindscarth's summit as our stopping point for lunch. It was a fantastic place to stop for lunch with the view north-east towards Keswick and the northern fells quite stunning.

Next on the route was Robinson which, like Dale Head and Hindscarth, I had only previously climbed once before. On that occasion, back in 2007, the tops had been covered in hill fog so to be able to enjoy the views on such a beautiful day was a real bonus for me and I must have told Liam several times how lucky he was. It was certainly a real contrast to the weather we'd had the day before whilst crossing over Haystacks!

After the steep drop north from the top of Robinson we encountered some distinctly moist moments underfoot whilst crossing Buttermere Moss. This was Liam's first encounter with a bog and in the space of a few minutes he nearly lost his footwear and ended up on his backside in a particularly squidgy spot. Again to his credit he didn't complain and actually quite enjoyed it.

Rather than heading directly down from Buttermere Moss we first made the short detour on to the summit High Snockrigg. A major part of the Buttermere scene and with a summit about a mile away from Robinson's I've often wondered why Wainwright ommitted High Snockrigg from his list of fells. Although it is not counted as a Wainwright it does appear on the list of Deweys (hills over 500m) and as such was on my 'to-do' list. The top of High Snockrigg, marked by a pitifully small cairn, was certainly worth visiting particularly for the views of the Buttermere valley which were quite superb.

This was a super walk which we both thoroughly enjoyed. In addition to the two fells he'd climbed the previous day Liam had added three more Wainwrights to his starter collection although I'm not sure what he thought when I told him he only had another 209 to go!

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