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Newlands Fells 10th-11th July 2009

Route- Day 1 - Little Town - Catbells - Maiden Moor - High Spy - Dale Head - Hindscarth - Robinson

Day 2 - Robinson - Knott Rigg - Ard Crags - Scar Crags - Causey Pike - Outerside - Barrow - Little Town

The weather was pretty dull as I drove up the M6, and didn't get any better as I arrived in the Lakes for my second walk in the North Western fells. I had wanted to start my walk from the end of the Catbells ridge at Hawes end,  but as is often the case by early afternoon when I arrived all the parking spaces had been taken. So I had to drive down to Little Town and start my walk from there.

Hindscarth on the left Robinson on the right with Scope End in the middle.

Catbells summit, looking down the ridge which I missed out on this time. It had actually started spotting with rain now which was a surprise as both the five day forecast and the MWIS had said it would be dry. I did an about turn and started along the ridge to Maiden Moor.

Luckily the weather picked up and the views got better and better as I walked up to High Spy. The steep path up Dale Head is  something to look forward to!

On Dalehead now. Looking back down the Newlands valley with the ridge walked so far on the right. Skiddaw in the background.

Buttermere and the High Stile ridge come in to view on the walk to Hindscarth.

The view from the Northern top of Hindscarth. The weather has really picked up now.

On Robinson now with Mellbreak and the Loweswater fells in the haze.

A real jumble of fells looking south from Robinson.

I had intended to camp on High Snockrigg or even push on to Knott Rigg but the steep climb up to Robinson had done me in so I found this little ledge on the way down to Buttermere Moss and set up for the night.

My camp was directly facing the setting sun so I got some lovely views as the evening drew in. Here Pillar, seen behind Gamlin End on High Crag catches the light.

On the other side of the valley the sun lights up a little evening mist over Whiteless Pike and Wandope.

Crummock Water and Loweswater at the end of the day.

And again.

Saturday was a lovely morning and it took a real effort to pack up and start walking. I could have sat and soaked in the views all day

Zooming in on Red Pike and the crazily steep path from Bleaberry Tarn.

The little ridge of Knott Rigg and Ard Crags are my next destination, but as in a lot of places in the Lakes you have to go down before you can go back up.

A close up of the view over Crummock Water, Loweswater and the coast.

Moss Beck on the way down to Newlands Hause.

Robinson from the slopes of Knott Rigg.

Whiteless Pike and Third Gill.

Looking along the ridge to Ard Crags. Causey Pike is the "knobble" at the end of the adjoining ridge, but to get there, you guessed it you have to go down to get back up.

Looking back to Ard Crags from the Scar Crags to Causey Pike ridge. When I was looking through my pictures I thought I'd seen this view before..

Mr Wainwright had drawn it several years before. North Western Fells, Causey Pike 9

Zooming in on Force Crag mine from Scar Crags.

Looking along to Causey Pike.

Derwentwater from Causey Pike.

Looking down from Causey pike the two little Wainwrights of Outerside and Barrow seemed tiny compared to the giant fells all around, but the views were great and I really enjoyed walking over them knowing that all the hard work had been done. This is Sail and Crag Hill from the top of Outerside.

Looking to the Northern Fells from Low Moss.

Barrow seen over Barrow door.

Looking back to where I started on Catbells. I headed straight down the side of Barrow in the direction of Rowling End where I joined the road and walked back to Little Town.



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