|Walk:||Dale Head, Hindscarth, Robinson, Buttermere Moss, Newlands Hause, Knott Rigg, Ard Crags, Sail Beck, Buttermere|
|Start Point:||Buttermere Church||Grid Reference:||NY 176 171|
|Distance:||11 miles||Ascent:||4,390 ft, descent: 5,080 ft|
|Weather:||Sunny, very windy on the fell tops|
|Comments:||Parking in Buttermere we caught the bus to the Honister Youth Hostel to commence our climb to Dale Head. A rocky ridge took us down Hindscarth Edge where the very strong wind made the exposed rocky sections more difficult. We traversed across the eastern flanks of Hindscarth to reach the summit shelter then across the western flanks and on to Robinson.
Our descent was made across Buttermere Moss and down to Newlands Hause. A stiff climb then led up to Knott Rigg where the wind seemed to be gaining in strength and making walking difficult. After continuing on to Ard Crags we dropped down into the valley to return to Buttermere via the Cumberland Way.
This being the last day of the holiday we celebrated by enjoying a well-earned meal at The Fish in Butermere.
St James Church, Buttermere, was consecrated in 1507 . . .
but the present buiding dates from 1840 . . .
and was restored in 1930
The east window depicts Martha and Mary . . .
and a cherub head
A stone tablet set into the window sill of a south window as a memorial to Alfred Wainwright . . .
which looks out on Haystacks, his favourite place to walk . . .
and seen from outside the window
The rocky north face of Fleetwith Pike as we climb . . .
to Dale Head . . .
and celebrate . . .
the first Wainwright of the day . . .
with a joint photo . . .
and take in the magnificent view down the valley where Newlands Beck makes its way to Little Town
From further along the path the three sections that make up the massive bulk of Kirk Fell can be seen (walked 5 days earlier)
Just can't resist another view of the valley with Maiden Moor to the right
Zooming back to Dale Head on the left as we take advantage of the shelter en route to . . .
Hindscarth where the lower shelter looks down over Scope End
Sheila takes int he view . . .
and I follow suit
The higher cairn looks across to Grasmoor, Crag Hill, Sail and Grisedale Pike
Looking back to Hindscarth and Maiden Moor as we traverse across to . . .
Robinson's lower cairn . . .
before heading up to the summit with views of Crummock Water and Loweswater . . .
and the higher summits of Grasmoor and Wandope (Wednesday's walk)
Kath . . .
Sheila . . .
and Ian mark our visit here
Our descent takes us down to Buttermere Moss . . .
and across High Snockrigg to Newlands Hause and our route up to . . .
Knott Rigg (too windy for a photo) and Ard Crags
After crossing Buttermere Bridge to return to the car . . .
we celebrate the end of the week with a meal at The Fish