29th October 2006

A very long walk - Cat Bells to Ard Crags


Walk Overview
Time 09.00 to 17.00
Duration 8 hr
Distance 14.5 mile
Ascent 5200 ft
Walking with Andrew and Anne Leaney
Little Town - Skelgill - Cat Bells - Maiden Moor - Blea Crag - High Spy - Dalehead Tarn - Dale Head - Hindscarth - Robinson - Buttermere Moss - Newlands Hause - Knott Rigg - Ard Crags - Rigg Beck - Little Town
Fells visited
Directory places visited

Starting Point Information Centre
Car park, Chapel Bridge, Newlands Church

The narrowest of country lanes lead you to this small car park set in the gorgeous Newlands Valley.

The car park is free, but it does fill up very quickly during the busier times of year.


Route Map

Little Town, part of Newlands Valley and the Skiddaw fells in the background. At last we had blue sky and sunshine for this long walk around the Newlands Valley fells. We'd had this walk planned for quite some time, but kept putting off because the weather never seemed quite right. This weekend we thought it had been postponed long enough and decided to "just go for it regardless". Conditions turned out to be much better than forecasted and better than we expected. Well worth the wait.

The Skiddaw fells, Keswick and Derwent Water seen from the bottom section of Catbells.

And looking across to the fells on the opposite site of Newlands Valley. The darker fell near the centre of the picture is Ard Crags our final summit of the day. An awful long way from where I was standing !!

The view from Catbells summit. Bassenthwaite Lake can be seen on the left of the screen. It was unseasonably warm today, so it wasn't long until I had to unzip the legs off my trousers. Not at all what you'd expect the day after turning the clocks back; not that we were complaining.

The Causey Pike to Wandope ridge above the fields in Newlands Valley.

A close up of Catbells taken from the path across to Maiden Moor.

The head of Newlands Valley taken from Maiden Moor. The lower ridge on the far side of the valley is the Knott Ridd / Ard Crags ridge that we walked across later in the day.

A lovely view down to Derwent Water and Borrowdale. The higher fell on the left is Blencathra with Clough Head, Great Dodd and Watson's Dodd on the right (back). The fell just the the right of the lake is Walla Crag leading across to Bleaberry Fell.

Looking back up to High Spy from the beck we crossed near Dalehead Tarn.

Dalehead Tarn.

The view back from the path up to Dale Head.

High Spy in the foreground with the Central and Eastern fells behind.

A spectacular view from Dale Head summit.

Dale Head summit. This was the only point on the walk where there was any breeze to talk of and it didn't take long for the temperature to drop.

Leaving Dale Head and heading across the ridge to Hindscarth and Robinson.

Little Dale. This is a lovely route up from the valley, the only downside is that you end up mid way along the ridge. A good option if you don't intend to walk all the fells or if you do an out and back route.

Looking back across to Dale Head. Hindscarth summit is just to the left of the picture.

Robinson summit. The two lakes in the photo are Crummock Water and Loweswater. The cloud was really starting to build up across to the West coast and it wasn't long until the light started to fade.

Very wet under foot walking through Buttermere Moss.

The steep path down to Newlands Hause (the highest point on Newlands Pass). Lots of cars, but where were all the people?

The approach to Knott Rigg and feeling the effects of how far we'd walked so far.

Looking down from Ard Crags in steadily fading light.

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Lake District Walks