Lake District - Newlands Horseshoe

November 15, 2014  •  Leave a Comment

Newlands Horseshoe

The day after we walked the Martindale Horseshoe we tried another horseshoe walk - the Newlands Horseshoe. The route we took was to start in the Newlands Valley, walk up to Hindscarth and across Hindscarth ridge to Dale Head, across to High Spy, and then down Maiden Moor to the summit of Cat Bells, retracing our steps briefly to go down to the valley floor and back to the car. Unfortunately, whilst the weather remained largely dry, it was generally duller, although the sun did come out briefly later in the day. 

The first two images show the route up to Hindscarth. In the second picture, looking back the way we have just come, you can see the other end of the horseshoe, with Cat Bells in the top part of the image.

 

On route to Hindscarth from Scope EndOn route to Hindscarth from Scope EndNewlands Horseshoe

Lake District, Cumbria, UK

 

On route to Hindscarth : looking back with Catbells in the distanceOn route to Hindscarth : looking back with Catbells in the distanceNewlands Horseshoe

Lake District, Cumbria, UK

The next two images show the view down Newlands from the head of the valley. The weather was very mixed up here and unfortunately really closed in when we reached the summit of Dale Head.

Newlands Valley from the head of the valley, near Dale HeadNewlands Valley from the head of the valley, near Dale HeadNewlands Horseshoe

Lake District, Cumbria, UK

 

Newlands Valley from the head of the valley, near Dale HeadNewlands Valley from the head of the valley, near Dale HeadNewlands Horseshoe

Lake District, Cumbria, UK

We had better weather on route to the summit Cairn of High Spy on the other side of the valley. You can see Derwent Water in the distance.

Summit cairn, High SpySummit cairn, High SpyNewlands Horseshoe

Lake District, Cumbria, UK

From there our route took us down over Maiden Moor with good views of the bottom end of Derwent Water and surrounding fells. I think the low cloud really adds to the atmosphere.  

Derwent Water / Borrowdale from Maiden MoorDerwent Water / Borrowdale from Maiden MoorNewlands Horseshoe

Lake District, Cumbria, UK

 

Derwent Water from Maiden MoorDerwent Water from Maiden MoorNewlands Horseshoe

Lake District, Cumbria, UK

The weather closed in again as we approached Cat Bells with both Bassenthwaite Lake and Derwent Water in view, and Skiddaw hiding amongst the clouds.

Catbells, Derwent Water & Bassenthwaite Lake from Maiden MoorCatbells, Derwent Water & Bassenthwaite Lake from Maiden MoorNewlands Horseshoe

Lake District, Cumbria, UK

This final image is taken from the summit of Cat Bells and shows Skiddaw shrouded in cloud.

Skiddaw from CatbellsSkiddaw from CatbellsNewlands Horseshoe

Lake District, Cumbria, UK

 

For more images from this walk please go to the Newlands Horseshoe Gallery here.


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