Fleetwith Pike, Dale Head, Hindscarth, Robinson

via Honister

12 Miles

20th May 2017

6.45am. Well it's a shame this light didn't last!  From my parking spot at Buttermere, looking up to High Stile and High Crag.  It looks like quite a complex system of crags up there, and I had difficulty identifying individual peaks, not helped by the blanket of cloud covering a lot of the higher sections.  I've never been up there, but it's high on the todo list.

high stile and high crag

 

The Bridge Hotel in Buttermere, somehow managing to catch a few rays...

bridge hotel in buttermere

 

The path leading out of Buttermere (the village), towards Buttermere (the lake)...

the path to buttermere

 

Sourmilk Gill, descending from a hidden Bleaberry Tarn...

looking up to sourmilk gill

 

A tree reaches down for a drink... 

fallen tree

 

Walking along the northern side of Buttermere is the perfect warm up... 

dalegarth

 

tunnel at dalegarth

 

tunnel roof is low at points

 

The first unhindered view of my first objective.  Fleetwith Pike. 

fleetwith pike from buttermere

 

A moment for reflection...

a moment for reflection

 

At the foot of Fleetwith Edge.  Little did I know how much I was going to enjoy this ascent, despite the hail storm and sudden strong winds which would occur about half way up...

heading up fleetwith edge

 

A memorial and a reminder... 

a memorial and a reminder

 

Chillin' in front of Haystacks... 

chillin in front of haystacks

 

A couple of tasty sections... 

a fun ascent

This one from the mobile phone...  

a fun ascent 2

 

Dappled light below Littledale Edge.  I'll be over there later.  Robinson on the left, Hindscarth on the right.  Causey Pike (where I walked a fortnight ago) peeping up in the background...  

lovely light on buttermere fell

 

 Just before summiting Fleetwith Pike, I take a final look back over Buttermere...

buttermere and crummock water

 

Now looking ahead across Fleetwith Pike, to Black Star.  Love that name.  Love this fell top... 

the top of fleetwith pike

 

Above Burnt Scarth...

above burnt scarth

 

Remnants of mining past.  Honister Quarry...

honister quarry

 

Honister Crag... 

honister crag

 

Honister...

honister

 

A glimpse of Via Ferrata on that light coloured ledge... 

a glimpse of via ferrata

 

Getting closer to the slate mine.  I hear the sound of a generator coming from the sheds below...

honister slate mine

 

Twisties... 

twisty mine roads

 

Having passed through the Honister complex, and crossed over Honister Pass, I start my ascent of Dale Head.  I (possibly incorrectly) took the path on the left side of the fence.  Others appeared from above, descending on the right side.  But the left had two advantages.  Firstly, it was rockier, and therefore had better foot placements, rather than the plain grassy bank on the right side.  Secondly, you could get much better views back to Honister Crag...

honister crag from dalehead

 

The skies to the south... 

heavy cloud to the south

 

Having read about the ascent of Dale Head, from Honister, in Wainwright's guide (he says it's a bit easy) I decided at about the half way mark, to take the route towards Dalehead Tarn, which means losing some of my earned altitude, and giving myself the much harder ascent up the eastern flanks, above Dalehead Crags.

It was also nice to see the tarn again, which I visited in one of my walks last month... 

high spy dalehead tarn below

 

Newlands Valley... 

newlands valley from above dalehead crags

 

Minutes later... 

heavy rain on dale head

 

The rain has pretty much set in, so the photographs become less frequent.  I missed getting a shot of Dale Head summit, although funnily enough I did take a photo of the cairn.  It's just that it was with someobody else's phone!  A group of 4 lads from Richmond who had passed me on my climb from the tarn. I was happy to oblige.

So, onwards to Hindscarth, and a sit down in the summit shelter for something to eat...

summit of hindscarth

 

Now on Littledale Edge.  Remember my photo from earlier?  Looking back to where I took it...

fleetwith pike from littledale edge

 

Interesting features at the top of Robinson... 

summit of robinson

 

The descent to Buttermere.  After an initial drop from the summit of Robinson, things level off for Buttermere Moss.  Which is mossy... 

buttermere moss

 

And soggy.. 

boggy moss

 

The path gains more interest for the final drop to ground level... 

descending to buttermere

 

A bit too much interest for the wet conditions, actually.  There are some really tricky rock slabs covered in lichen and moss, the first of which occurs just as the side of the path drops away.  You've gotta think about where you're stepping! 

slippery when wet

 

Reunited with Buttermere, once again.

buttermere and crummock water2