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Honister circuit doesn't disappoint

Wainwrights: Ard Crags, Castle Crag, Cat Bells, Dale Head, High Spy, Knott Rigg, Maiden Moor, Robinson
Hewitts: Dale Head, High Spy, Robinson

Date walked: 15/10/2018

Time to tackle this bunch of Wainwrights in the Honister/Newlands area. For once, I'd managed to pick the exact right days to go walking. The day before it was blowing 70 mph winds with zero visibility :lol:

I started from Keswick, which meant a long walk along roads and part of the Cumbria Way route.

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Skiddaw and Swinside by the pointless parasite, on Flickr

The begining of the route up Ard Crag isn't obvious. There's a farm at the very end of the ridge and a small farm track goes up behind it leading to a small patch of woodland. After that the route disappears so I needed to make my way over the open fell until I reached a more obvious path.

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Ard Crag ascent by the pointless parasite, on Flickr

Tiny cairn on Ard Crags:

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Ard Crags summit by the pointless parasite, on Flickr

The ridge wasn't as narrow as I'd hoped, but pleasant enough.

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Ard Crags ridge by the pointless parasite, on Flickr

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Knott Rigg by the pointless parasite, on Flickr

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Knott Rigg descent by the pointless parasite, on Flickr

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Newlands Hause by the pointless parasite, on Flickr

I took a diversion from the ascent of High Snockrigg to fill up my water bottle, then just went off piste, heading directly up Robinson until I eventually rejoined the main path.

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Robinson ascent by the pointless parasite, on Flickr

Robinson isn't the most interesting mountain in the Lake District, but the views from the top were fantastic.

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Sca Fell from Robinson by the pointless parasite, on Flickr

The walk along the ridge from Robinson to Dale Head was fantastic as the sun started to set. There was almost no wind and the visibility was perfect.

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Dale Head from Robinson by the pointless parasite, on Flickr

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High Spy from Dale Head by the pointless parasite, on Flickr

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Glaramara from Dale Head by the pointless parasite, on Flickr

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Esk Pike from Dale Head by the pointless parasite, on Flickr

I stayed the night in a mostly empty youth hostel with a room to myself. Away again by 7.30 after a pot noodle for breakfast :D

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Borrowdale from Honister by the pointless parasite, on Flickr

Castle Crag was great. One of my favourite Wainwrights. It really does look like some sort of medieval castle in the middle of Borrowdale and looked especially fine with the mist in the fields below.

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Castle Crag by the pointless parasite, on Flickr

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Borrowdale from Castle Crag by the pointless parasite, on Flickr

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Borrowdale from Castle Crag 2 by the pointless parasite, on Flickr

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Castle Crag descent by the pointless parasite, on Flickr

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Derwent Water from Castle Crag by the pointless parasite, on Flickr

I re-traced my steps to head up High Spy, past the old mine workings. I'd not seen a single other human being so far, but that was soon to change the closer I got to Keswick.

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High Spy ascent by the pointless parasite, on Flickr

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Helvellyn from High Spy by the pointless parasite, on Flickr

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Grasmoor from High Spy by the pointless parasite, on Flickr

Maiden Moor didn't look too promising:

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Maiden Moor by the pointless parasite, on Flickr

I wasn't really planning on climbing Catbells as well. I'd done this before when I was a young kid with my dad and needed to crawl to the top in the strong winds. Looking down from Maiden Moor, there didn't seem to be too many people on the hill, so I decided to go for it.

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Cat Bells by the pointless parasite, on Flickr

The apparent lack of crowds turned out to be an illusion. It was worse than bloody Everest. Hoards of day trippers in a long line stretching down the hill. I'm not some kind of misanthropist. In fact I quite enjoy meeting fellow walkers on the hills, but this was like walking down Keswick high street. Humbug! Harumph!


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Pointless Parasite


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Location: Sunderland
Occupation: Medical physicist working in cancer epidemiology
Activity: Wanderer
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Munros: 53
Corbetts: 3
Grahams: 1
Wainwrights: 176
Hewitts: 94
Sub 2000: 4



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2018

Trips: 8
Distance: 69.9 km
Munros: 17
Grahams: 1
Hewitts: 10
Wainwrights 24

2017

Trips: 3
Distance: 52 km
Ascent: 1207m
Munros: 6
Hewitts: 11
Wainwrights 14


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