15th September 2007

Robinson to Dale Head a steep detour and Honister Pass


Walk Overview
Time 10.30 to 15.10
Duration 4 hr 40 min
Distance 8.1 mile
Ascent 3500 ft
Walking with On my own
Honister Pass - Gatesgarth - Hassness - Robinson - Little Dale - Hindscarth - Dale Head - Honister Hause - Honister Pass
Fells visited
Directory places visited

Starting Point Information Centre
Car park, Gatesgarth Farm, Buttermere

This is an incredibly popular parking spot that fills up very early in the day. If you arrive here to find it full, simply continue towards Honister Pass where there is usually spaces available on the couple of small car parks found along here.

I think this car park is actually owned by Gatesgarth Farm. There is a full day charge but every time I come here the price is different.
More often than not you've find a van here selling refreshments.


Route Map

Gatescarth Cottage.

The Buttermere Pines, as they're commonly referred to, with Haystacks behind.

As I was walking above Hassnesshow Beck I noticed this small dam below Goat Crags. This was only the third time I've been on this particular path, but it was the first time I'd spotted the dam. I suppose it is easy to miss, given how well it blends into the rest of the crags.

Looking back down the path.
Notice lines of the wire mesh. These are placed like this to protect the newly sown grass seed.

And now it got really steep.


A close up of Honister mines at the highest point on Honister Pass.

Shortly after leaving Robinson I took an off path detour from the main ridge down to the head of Little Dale, seen here. The main reason for this was to take some pictures of the sheepfold found next to the beck.

Some people may disagree, but it was well worth the effort to get down here or more to the point, the effort required to ascend the 700ft or so up to the ridge near Hindscarth.

High Stile under cloud and High Crag just managing to stay clear, seen here behind Littledale Edge.

Sunshine on Catbells. Perhaps the day was clearing up after all.

The view back along the ridge towards Hindscarth (the summit just out of shot) and Robinson.

And on the other side of the ridge we see that High Crag, High Stile and Red Pike are now all free from cloud. The road running into the picture from bottom right is the Buttermere side of Honister Pass.

Granted, it would be a bit better if conditions were a little clearer, but as far as getting a good view in the Lake District goes, then this one from Dale Head takes some beating.

Dale Head summit.

A close up of Newlands Valley and the Vale of Keswick, again taken from Dale Head summit.


Another deviation from the norm took me across to a small rocky outcrop found a little to the east of the Dale Head - Honister Pass path. A nice quiet spot for something to eat, with a fine view across to the central ridge and the eastern ridge at the back of the picture.

Almost down to Honister Pass now where the views are dominated by Honister Crag / Fleetwith Pike. Buttermere and Crummock Water are both visible in the valley.

The highest point on Honister Pass looking in the Borrowdale direction.

Crossing the road and now looking down the Buttermere side of the pass.

And again from a little further down the road.

Back at the car park now and looking up Gatesgarthdale Beck.

David Hall -
Lake District Walks