31st August 2013

Robinson, Hindscarth, Dale Head and Honister Pass


Walk Overview
Time 10:15am to 2:15pm
Duration 4 hr
Distance 8.2 mile
Ascent 3100 ft
Walking with On my own
Hassness - Folders Wood - Hassnesshow Beck - Robinson - Littledale Edge - Hindscarth - Hindscarth Edge - Dale Head - Honister Hause - Honister Pass - Gatescarth - Hassness
Fells visited
Directory places visited

Starting Point Information Centre
Roadside Parking, Hassness, Buttermere

At a push there is only room for about three cars here, and to be honest, the only reason to park here would be as a convenient starting point for the route up to Robinson.


Route Map

Despite the later and normal start, mine was the first car to park up at the spaces near Hassness so I took the best spot; right at the end of the lay-by where there's no chance of anyone blocking me in. There's no long walk to reach the fellside from here. If you trip up when you get out of the car the chances are you'll land at the gate you want to go through anyway.

One of the signs tells me it's 1 1/4 miles to Robinson. It feels much further than this.
and the other one tells me I'm about to walk through Folders Wood.

This is the view looking ahead through the wood
and now looking backwards.
It's quite a nice walk through the woods so it's a pity it only takes about ten minutes to walk right through them.

This is a brilliant route up Robinson, one that I'd suggest every keen fell walker should try at some point. The bottom section is a bit like walking up into some sort of lost world and then, once above the bracken, the views open up, the steepness increases to get the heart and lungs working hard and you need to start paying attention to where you place every footstep. I realise this might sound strange to anyone not bitten by the fell walking bug but for folk like myself, this is pure enjoyment.

Looking around to see Buttermere and Red Pike and I saw the first of todays showers heading in my direction.

Over on the left hand side are Goat Crag and Goat Gills. I wonder how many people have walked up that route.   Notice the dam at the bottom of the crags. I've no idea what it was used for. Okay, I realise it was there to trap water, but I'm not sure why they'd want to do this.

As this picture shows, this is a very steep route up onto Robinson. The fence proves to be a very handy aid when you need a pull up some of the awkward sections.

Zooming in on the clouds clinging to the side of Great Gable.

A close up of the sunshine at the Gatescarth end of Buttermere.

With the ground being wet, it was quite slippery walking up here today. I definitely needed to use a bit of care and attention.

The summit area comes into view and the walking gets a little easier now.
It doesn't matter which side of the fence you walk on as you'll still end up just below the top.


Robinson summit.

Just across from Robinson summit and I begin the walk down to Littledale Edge. Honister pass remains in view for quite a lot of the walk across here.

A close up of Honister Mines.

This is the aptly named Littledale. Beyond the valley you can see Causey Pike and in the distance Skiddaw looks like it's getting rained on.

Looking back across to Robinson.

Hindscarth summit in front of the Grasmoor, Crag Hill, Wandope, Sail and Scar Crags. The pointed fell in the distance is Grisedale Pike.

I took this picture before I walked down to the end of the ridge. You get a slightly better view from down there but someone had turned the light off when I got there so I didn't bother taking a photo.

A close up of Cat Bells and part of Keswick. The fell in the background is Blencathra.

That's the bottom of Honister Pass and Gatescarth Farm down there. When I got there it wasn't quite as dry as this, , , you'll see!!

The view down to Newlands Valley from Dale Head is one of the best in the Lake District. Although I have to state the obvious here and say any view looks better in clear conditions.

Dale Head summit in front of Hindscarth.
"Why are you standing so close to the cairn"
"Because the rain was blowing across the summit and I didn't have a jacket on, , , yet"

Looking back up to Dale Head.

Honister Crag dominates the skyline on the route down from Dale Head. it's difficult not to stop a few times to stand and pick out the old mine workings. It also makes you realise what a rubbish life (by our standards) the people that worked them must have had.

I'm almost at the top of Honister Pass now, the rain has stopped, it's warmed up and the jacket needs to come off.

The Honister Mines area was as busy as always as I walked past.


Now for the walk down Honister Pass. This is twice I've walked down here this month.
"and what about it"
"nothing really, I was just saying"

Motorbikes heading up the pass
and cyclists heading down.
As far as speed goes, the cyclist was travelling just about as fast as the motorbikes.

Brilliant, it looks like I'll get a sunny ending to the walk.

Looking back up Honister Pass.
Ah well, the sun has gone now and the drizzle has started again. It's not that bad to be honest so the jacket can stay in the bag.

I had to admit defeat here but at least there was a well placed tree to stand under. I still have to be pretty quick and get the waterproof trousers and jacket on - - - - I SAID QUICK!

Blimey, this didn't half come on fast.

I only saw two people between Gatesgarth and here, which is very unusual for part of the route around Buttermere. One of them had all the fell walking gear on but was also using an umbrella. I've seen this in the past and thought it was a pretty stupid idea to be honest. Today, I was the one walking with my head down because the rain and wind were blowing in my face so I suppose he was the less stupid of the two of us.
I guess the less than perfect weather had helped to put people off today.

David Hall -
Lake District Walks