Start – Little Town car park NY231194, Distance – 13.8km, Ascent – 965m, Time – 5hrs 00mins plus stops.
This lovely walk includes the almost-obligatory ridge ascents and descents and a quick(ish) out-and-back to take in the excellent peak of Dale Head. Starting from the small parking area by the road near to Little Town (get there early at weekends), the walk follows tracks past farms and Newlands Church before climbing steeply onto High Snab Bank. A steep and rocky climb along the ridge brings you onto the flat and fairly uninteresting summit of Robinson. The out-and-back to Dale Head is well worth it, as the summit commands a great location with good views in all directions. The return is over Hindscarth and down the rocky and excellent ridge to Low Snab. From here, there is a concession path across farmland to Newlands Church, which was selling tea and cakes when we went past.
The view from High Snab Bank along the Newlands Valley. Blencathra is in the murky distance. Yes, it was British summer time and yes, it was raining.
Despite the rain, the cloud kept reasonably high and there were views (of a sort) to be had. This one looks down the excellent High Snab Bank ridge.
Dropping down from Robinson to the col with Hindscarth. Dale Head is the lump in the distance and our next port of call.
Although the visibility was reasonable, given the conditions, it wasn’t a great day for photos and certainly not for my particular brand of point-and-shoot guesswork. Here’s one of the High Stile ridge, with Pillar in the background to the left.