Newlands Horseshoe

All the Lake District fell-walking guide-books single out this excursion for special mention, and for good reason. With excellent paths throughout, no “technical” aspects, and spectacular and ever-changing views of great drama and beauty, this is definitely one of the best, even in the very cold and somewhat dull conditions that the day brought. Of the view from Dale Head summit (though much the same might be claimed for the whole section from Hindscarth to High Spy summits as well), Mark Richards says: “all around the grandest of the fells liberate the senses and permeate consciousness with a gratitude that you are at this moment in this high place” (Great Mountain Days in the Lake District, Cicerone, p. 173).
I chose to proceed anti-clockwise, ascending via Hindscarth, in order to avoid the steep slog up to Dale Head from Dale Head Tarn, and because I had already descended via Hindscarth on another recent outing (see here). I also opted out of the last section, over Catbells and Skelgill Bank, descending from Hause Gate beside Yewthwaite Gill, due to the overcast skies and it being too cold to stop to eat! (Highest peak (Dale Head): 2473ft/754m; distance: 8.04 miles/12.9 km; height: 3402 ft./1073m.)

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