BB0620 Newlands Horseshoe

"Do you think you are wise to do this on the hottest day of the year?" asked she who can identify Wetherlam when she sees it.

"Don't worry, we'll take it nice and slow." I replied but she didn't believe me.

"Do you think we are wise to do this on the hottest day of the year?" asked Tony as I picked him up.

"Not you too!"  I responded.

However as Tony and I were chatting in the front of the car and Stan and Bryan were in the back discussing options for parking and start and finish, some worrying words filtered through to us.  "It's a brute of a climb..." and "Should we do the brute immediately or after a mile's approach.?."

This was not what we were wanting to hear on the hottest day of the year.

The decision was to park at the end of the Cat Bells ridge and walk the mile or so to Little Town from whence to pick up the trail.

It was just starting to hot up nicely.  The route to Little Town was across pleasant lanes (see photo with Hindscarth in background on left) and farmland in the beautiful Newlands Valley.  From there we went by the lovely Newlands Church and accessed the fells at Low Snab.

The climb up Scope End towards Hindscarth wasn't exactly a brute but it was unrelenting.  None of us seemed to be going particularly well but Tony especially started to suffer.  But then he pulled out his magic flask and swigged his secret potion and he was transformed.  He shot off up the hill.  He led!  Not only did he lead but he led us along a traverse with an instant death drop to the left with nary a murmur- I don't think he even noticed it.  I don't know what was in that drink- he claimed it was just water- but it was powerful stuff.  Or maybe it was the promise that he could have his lunch once we reached the top.

The approach road

Lunch on Hindscarth

After lunch (Team Picture) we made our way along Hindscarth Edge with views to Buttermere and Honister until, many swigs of water later, we arrived at Dale Head.  Heading down to Dale Head Tarn we found a nicely shaded area and perhaps lingered there a little too long. 

On approaching the tarn Tony announced that he was now out of water but Bryan spotted a stream from which he confidently predicted the water would be safe to drink and top up the bottles.  Personally I was rather put off by the sight of a guy who was camping about 50 years upstream and at that moment was actually shaving in the stream.  However Bryan and Tony are made of sterner stuff and were not bothered about ingesting any of his debris.  Talk about a drink to put hairs on your chest.  From the inside!

Hairy Water

The climb up to High Spy was very hard work.  Partly because of the heat but also partly because there were few views and many false summits.  I remembered this climb from my school camp days.  It seemed just as bad then.  On reaching the top we could see my old school camp up beyond Stonethwaite.  Happy memories!

Coledale Round

The path to Maiden Moor wasn't challenging but seemed long although we did start to get excellent views of the Coledale Round, (see BB0613) and also of where we had travelled today.  The view from Maiden Moor over Cat Bells is quite special, as is the view from Cat Bells itself. 

Cat Bells

The steep descent down the ridge was quite a dramatic way to finish a somewhat punishing day.  According to my car the outside temperature was 29 degrees.  The Farmers Arms at Portinscale was just what we needed and I trust counteracted whatever bugs  and follicles Tony and Bryan might have picked up from the stream.  Are you O.K. boys?

Don, 19th July 2006


10.3 miles

Height climbed:
3,680 feet

Map reference:
See Map

Hindscarth, Dale Head, High Spy, Maiden Moor, Cat Bells

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  • BB0622  Round the Dunny!
  • BB0621  The Malham Experience
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  • BB0615  Fairfield Horseshoe
  • BB0614  High Street Racecourse
  • BB0613 The Coledale Round
  • BB0612  Well, Well, Well, Wansfell and Troutbeck Tongue      
  • BB0611  Carlin Gill
  • BB0610  Whitbarrow, Yewbarrow and a history lesson
  • BB0609  Clough Head and Great Dodd
  • BB0608  The Corpse Road and beyond
  • BB0607  Grim Fell!
  • BB0606  A Bit on the Side.....
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  • BB0604  Hart Cragg via Dovedale
  • BB0603  Islands in the Sky with Brocken Spectres
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