My brother was up from the midlands visiting for a few days and today we teamed up to tackle the five fells of Maiden Moor (1890ft, 576m), High Spy (2142ft, 653m), Dale Head (2470ft, 753m), Hindscarth (2385ft, 727m) and Robinson (2418ft, 737m). With a beautiful sunny day ahead and excellent visibility we were really looking forward to a full day out in the fells.
Unfortunately I had a bit of trouble with the GPS on my phone for a little while which meant the full track wasn’t recorded, it missed out the bit from the start of the walk near Little Town up onto the saddle between Catbells and Maiden Moor.
Looking back from half way up the climb to Hause Gate
Once the col is reached there is a magnificent view down to Derwent Water
Catbells with Skiddaw beyond
Sitting on the edge of Bull Crag on Maiden Moor looking over to Robinson on the left and the North Western Fells on the right
Looking over the Newlands Valley to Scar Crags, Causey Pike and Grisedale Pike
The summit of Maiden Moor looking towards our next targets – High Spy (left) and Dale Head (right)
To be honest it is hard to tear ourselves away from this spot – the view is just breathtaking. Here my brother can be seen admiring the view from Bull Crag looking towards Hindscarth (centre) and Robinson (right)
High Spy, Dale Head and Hindscarth
Dale Head, Hindscarth and Robinson
Looking back over Catbells to Skiddaw
The view from Blea Crag looking back over Maiden Moor
Approaching the summit cairn on High Spy with Dale Head on the right
The North Western Fells
The summit of High Spy
Leaving High Spy behind we begin to drop down towards Dalehead Tarn. In front of us now are the Scaffels and Great Gable (right)
We lose considerable height as we descend to Dalehead Tarn (left of centre). This can only mean one thing! Once we’re down there a tough and steep climb awaits us up on to Dale Head (right)
With the tough part of the walk now over we can admire the terrific views from Dale Head – this is the impressive Eel Crags on the west side of High Spy
The summit cairn on Dale Head
Our next target – Hindscarth, on the left
Once we leave Dale Head there are tremendous views over Honister Pass and Fleetwith Pike to Great Gable, Kirk Fell and Pillar beyond
Admiring the view to High Crag, High Stile, Red Pike and Buttermere – just incredible!
Maiden Moor and High Spy with the Helvellyn range in the distance
Looking back to the crags of Great Gable on the north side Dale Head
The summit of Hindscarth
Another cairn just north of the summit gives a superb view down towards Scope End and Little Town (centre). We then double back on ourselves and descend towards Littledale Edge midway between Hindscarth and Robinson.
In only 40 minutes we have reached our fifth, and final summit of the day – Robinson
Mellbreak and Rannerdale Knotts on the left with Whiteless Pike, Grasmoor and Wandope on the right
We now begin the breathtaking ridge walk down the spine to the northeast of Robinson towards High Snab Bank, there are some impressive drops to our left as we descend, and some scrambling is necessary
Looking back up to Robinson and Robinson Crags from the descent
The descent of Robinson is very steep and our legs are getting tired after 8 hours of walking! This is looking back up towards Hindscarth.
Eventually we reach more level ground and pass the pretty Newlands Church near the end of the walk. We hadn’t rushed and we’d both stopped whenever necessary to regain our breaths and enjoy the views – I don’t see the point in rushing, I try to savour every step. The walk was just under 10 miles in distance and we’d spent just over 9hrs in beautiful sunshine. Perfect.