11th August 2007

Newlands Hause to Buttermere


Walk Overview
Time 08.30 to 13.15
Duration 4 hr 45 min
Distance 7.8 mile
Ascent 3883 ft
Walking with Andrew and Anne Leaney
Newlands Hause - Knott Rigg - Ard Crags - Sail - The Scar - Eel Crag (Crag Hill) - Grasmoor - Wandope Moss - Wandope - Whiteless Pike - Buttermere
Fells visited
Directory places visited

Starting Point Information Centre
Roadside spaces, Newlands Hause

Newlands Hause or for those who aren't too familiar with the area, this is actually the top of Newlands Pass. There always seems to be nice balance of parked cars and available spaces up here, so this is somewhere I'm always confident about getting parked. I think the majority of the people who stop here simply park up, get out to look at the view back down the pass, take a few photos and then drive off as quickly as they came.

For those of a peak bagging nature, Knott Rigg & Ard Crags are within easy reach.


Route Map

Buttermere Church.
Today's outing was a two car walk with one being left at Buttermere ready to be collected again at the end of the walk. We then drove to the top of Newlands Pass in car No 2 to start walking from Newlands Hause.

Only one car parked at Newlands Hause this morning - mine. With the forecast telling us the day was due to deteriorate we set of a little earlier than normal, with the intention of missing the worst of the weather. In the end we were caught in two prolonged periods of rain, but even this wasn't too bad. At lest it was more like a heavy drizzle than the torrential rain you can often expect to get on the higher fells.

Looking down into Newlands Valley. The road coming into the picture (bottom right) is the Newlands Valley side of Newlands Pass.

The view back from Knott Rigg.
Conditions couldn't have been more different today from those I experienced on New Years Day when I was up here last (with Jennifer). The wind was so strong on that occasion that we were hanging onto each other and walking well away from the edge.

Newlands Valley with Cat Bells, Walla Crag, Bleaberry Fell, Clough Head and Great Dodd behind.

The view ahead to Ard Crags gave us the impression that the day wasn't going to be too bad after all, but the view in the opposite direction was quite different. It was now a matter of when, rather then if the rain would reach us.

Scar Crags visible, Causey Pike a little darker, Derwent Water is there if you look for it and everything else just a blur.

Heading towards the short ridge (The Scar) linking Sail and Eel Crag. I always think it's a shame that this little ridge isn't longer then it actually is. You still get that, "being able to look down both side at the same time experience", but as I say, it just doesn't last long enough.

While we were walking up the steep climb from The Scar to Eel Crag we got this great view back to Sail just as the cloud was clearing on the Knott Rigg side of the fell.

On Eel Crag (Crag Hill) summit where the briefest of gaps in the cloud allowed us a glimpse of Grisedale Pike.

In the clouds at Grasmoor summit shelter.

Crummock Water and Rannerdale Knotts taken from the fellside near Grasmoor summit.

And another view looking in a similar direction, this time with Whiteless Pike on the left of the picture and slightly less cloud on the fells behind Crummock Water.

It was looking a little brighter on Grisedale Pike as we made our way from Grasmoor to Wandope.

Now there's a route I've never been on - the bit between Sail Beck, past Addacomb Hole and up the short grassy ridge below where I'm currently standing.

Mellbreak seen behind Crummock Water, just as it started to darken in again.

And a close up of Rannerdale Knotts and part of Crummock Water.

Heading down to Whiteless Pike.
The route from Wandope to Buttermere via Whiteless Pike always feels much longer than it actually is. By the time you reach Buttermere your legs certainly feel as thought they've been walking a long way down hill.

The view back up Whiteless Edge.

Back to walking in persistent rain again. At least we don't have too far to go now; or do we?
Notice the line of cars parked on the bottom section of Newlands Pass. I'm not sure where everyone was, but they certainly weren't walking up here. Apart from the couple of people we saw the place was deserted.

Cottages in Buttermere.


No trip to Buttermere would be complete without calling in for an ice cream at the farm (of course, only the two of us not on a diet had one). Not exactly ice cream weather I know, but anyone who's tried these will know they're far too nice to resist; whatever the weather.

David Hall -
Lake District Walks