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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
This final image is taken from the summit of Cat Bells and shows Skiddaw shrouded in cloud.
For more images from this walk please go to the Newlands Horseshoe Gallery here.