Robinson-Ard Crags

For this walk I took another leaf from Mark Richards’ excellent ‘Great Mountain Days in the Lake District’ (see also, e.g., here), Walk 30 to be precise. From the disused quarry car park at Rigg Beck on the Newlands Hause road, the route went over to and up High Snab Bank, thence to the summit of Robinson, then down to High Snockrigg, over Newlands Hause, up Knott Rigg, along to Ard Crags, and finally back down to the starting point.
As the summit massif of Robinson was broached, the views became increasingly impressive, a process which continued to unfold all the way to the top. But the main revelation for me was the panoramas of Buttermere and Crummock Water later on from High Snockrigg, especially those obtained by dropping a hundred feet or so below the summit towards Buttermere. Moss Force at Newlands Hause proved to be a very congenial lunch spot. The final part of the walk (the ascent from Newlands Hause to Knott Rigg and then to Ard Crags) provided a lofty ‘roof-ridge’ end to the outing, with excellent close-ups to the left of the flanks of Eel Crag, Sail and Causey Pike in particular, and later on, of the Keskadale part of Newlands Valley to the left.
Great stuff as always, especially in such conditions and with Mark Richards’ expert guidance!
(Highest point: Robinson, 2417ft/737m. Distance: 8.27miles/13.3km. Ascent: 3400ft./1036m.)

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