Robinson, Knott Rigg and Ard Crags
Returning to our April trip to the Lake District - on the Sunday we chose a walk that allowed two of the group to escape part way round as they needed to travel home - a steep climb from Little Town up to Robinson summit (737m), via High Snab Bank and Blea Crags, and down the other side to Newlands Hause (where we had one car parked for the quick escape) before a second climb to Knott Rigg (554m) and Ard Crags (581m). At this point, Richard and Paul returned to the car whilst the rest of us debated a third steep decent and climb up to Causey Pike. In the end we agreed to do that another day (which turned out to be in September) and walked along the ridge from Ard Crags and back down to Little Town - a total of 8 miles.
Whilst the weather was largely dry, with some drizzle on the way up Robinson, it was really quite dull weather wise. And parts of the climb up Robinson were quite steep, including one "moment" where we took a route that involved a very steep climb up a slippy grass slope, clinging to rocks for dear life. Looking back I therefore only have a limited number of photos from this walk. Most of these are of an increasing expansive view that opened up behind us as we climbed towards the summit of Robinson, with views over the Newlands Valley towards Skiddaw and Blencathra.
The view from the summit of Robinson itself is somewhat more limited. But as you go down the other side you get great views of Crummock Water and Loweswater.
By then though, the light was quite dull. And I have much better photos from a previous walk that included this part of the route (yet to be posted - coming soon).
After the climb down to Newland Hause, the climb up to Knott Rigg seemed quite steep - with the most unremarkable summit cairn I have ever seen - a pile of stones only a couple of inches tall. The walk along the ridge however, was quite spectacular. I would love to do this again in better light.
The peak middle left in the photos is Causey Pike. As you can see it would have been quite an effort to go down from here and back up to that summit!!
For more images from this walk please go to the Robinson gallery here.