11th June 2011

Robinson, Hindscarth, Dalehead, and then I just wandered about


Walk Overview
Time 08.20 to 14.20
Duration 6 hr
Distance 13.2 mile
Ascent 4100 ft
Walking with On my own
Hassness - Hassnesshow Beck - Robinson - Littledale Edge - Hindscarth - Hindscarth Edge - Dale Head - Dalehead Tarn - Launchy Tarn - High Scawdel - Scaleclose Gill - Littlegatesgarth Dale - Honister Hause - Honister Pass - Gatesgarth - Peggy's Bridge - Buttermere - Burtness Wood - Buttermere (village) - road to 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

High Stile and Red Pike, taken from the bottom section of the route up Robinson.

Buttermere reflections.

High Crag and High Stile

This is a fantastic route up Robinson. I'm tempted to say it's the best route, but that's all down to the individuals likes, dislikes and opinions. One thing that has nothing to do with opinion is just how step it is. The picture shows it better than I could ever describe.

Robinson summit in front of Whiteless Pike and a volcanic looking Grasmoor.

Still at the summit and looking across to High Crag, High Stile and Red Pike.

Shadows on Robinson.

I took this picture from the highest point on Hindscarth and instead of turning round and carrying on to Dale Head, I had a quick walk across to the shelter you see here. That's where you get the better view from.

And there it is.

Looking back over to Hindscarth.

A view back along the ridge from the climb up to Dale Head.

As far as the best view from the actual summit of a fell goes, this one has to be somewhere near the top of the list.

Dale Head summit, another Lakeland fell top with a head height cairn of this type.

When I set off to do a walk on my own, I obviously have some idea where I intend to go or at least the route I want to set off on, but the days of needing to plan the whole route in detail and actually sticking to it are long gone. As for today, I hadn't put any thought into where I'd walk after leaving Dale Head, so after a quick think about it at the summit, I decided to have a walk down to Dalehead Tarn, Launchy Tarn and High Scawdel. The rest was done off-the-cuff, so to speak.

I was walking off path for a while now. I took this photo of Dale Head Tarn and Dale Head from the walk up to Launchy Tarn.

This bit would have been much easier if I'd put a pair of wellingtons in the bag. Never mind; skin is waterproof and at this time of year the temperature isn't going to be low enough to do you any harm if you happen to get a bit wet.

Heading across to the pointy bit on High Scawdel.

Dale Head seen from High Scawdel.

This is the Rosthwaite / Stonethwaite area of Borrowdale seen from the crags on High Scawdel. The path you can see next to the wall running along the bottom of the picture is the one linking Honister Pass and Grange. I could see the path, but would I be able to get down to it?

I knew there was a wall running down the fell, so after finding it and having a look down to see if it was a realistic route, I headed down hill, , , slowly and carefully.

A close up of Castle Crag.

Now here's a view you're not likely to see very often. In the distance you have Lonscale Fell, Mungrisdale Common and Blencathra. Derwent Water and Walla Crag are in the middle distance and front right is Castle Crag.

A view back up towards High Scawdel.

I should add that this is not a route I recommend to anyone with less than a substantial amount of experience of walking off path down this type of fellside.
The picture isn't exaggerated it really is this steep. Had the bracken been much higher, I would have turned back near the top.

Back to normality.

Walking through a sea of bracken on route to Honister Pass.

Honister Pass.
Walking up here from the route I took isn't as bad as may seem if taken at face value. The track joined the pass somewhere around the 800ft mark which is above the steepest part above Seatoller.

This was a busy spot today.

Looking down the Buttermere side of Honister Pass.
The fell in the distance is Robinson. I was going to tell you I was there earlier, but you already know that.

Time for something to eat next to Gatesgarthdale Beck.


Gatesgarth Cottage.

This pony seems to have the same fashion sense as half the teenagers and kids you see these days. I understand it might be considered 'cool', but surely having your fringe in front of your eyes like that must drive you nuts.

From Gatesgarth I was only about 15 minutes walk from the car, but as seen as though the sun was out, I decided to walk all the way around Buttermere instead of heading straight back.


A view back shows Dale Head high up on the right and Fleetwith Pike at the end of the lake.

Burtness Wood.


From somewhere alongside the lake I took this picture of the route I took onto Robinson at the start of the walk. You can more or less see the path on the right hand side of the gully.

Tall trees and shadows.

Down the lake to Fleetwith Pike.
The white dot on the left hand side of the lake is Hassness. I'm parked about a minutes walk from there.


Buttermere rooftops.

Not far to go now and just as well. Surprisingly, on the way home it was bucketing down. If it made it as far as Buttermere, I suspect there would be quite a few wet people running for cover.

David Hall -
Lake District Walks