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A 10 mile circular mountain walk around the head of Newlands Valley, near Keswick, taking in 5 Wainwrights.
From the main Newlands road, we'll walk along a quiet lane to Little Town in the shadow of our main objectives for the day - Dale Head, Hindscarth and Robinson. At Little Town, we'll leave the road behind and ascend to the col between Maiden Moor and popular Catbells with great views over Derwent Water. Then we'll head south over Maiden Moor and High Spy, Wainwrights in their own right, but today a warm up for the steep climb onto Dale Head. At this point, the views open up over the Buttermere valley and the Scafell range, as we bowl along the ridge line to Robinson, detouring to Hindscarth along the way. From Robinson, we begin our descent. There is a rock step on Robinson, which requires a short amount of scrambling.
This is a lengthy mountain walk with considerable height gain (968m) and a small amount of scrambling, so please be confident of your fitness and ability before signing up.
All photos are leader's own.
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What to bring
Water: bring at least two litres in a water bottle, or better still, a hydration bladder
Medicines: if you have hay fever, diabetes, minor ailments etc.
Day Rucksack: typically 20-30 litres, they are comfortable to wear and allow you to use your arms freely
Waterproof bags: keep spare clothing, electronics and anything else dry even when your rucksack leaks by using Ziploc type food bags or, better still, outdoor activity waterproof bags
Boots: waterproof and breathable hiking boots with good ankle support
Gaiters: recommended for wet weather or boggy conditions
Socks: proper walking socks will keep your feet dry and help prevent blisters, and carry a spare, dry pair
Walking Poles: always optional, love them or hate them, but give them a try and decide for yourself
Layered clothing: lets you quickly adapt to changes in the weather and body temperature. Go for a base layer (vest or t-shirt) and a mid layer (a micro fleece or shirt) and in cooler weather add an outer layer (a windproof jacket or thick fleece)
Trousers: no jeans as they become heavy and cold in the rain, breathable fabrics are more comfortable and dry and on warm days shorts are OK
Waterproof jacket: essential when hiking in all but the calmest of weather, breathable fabrics are more comfortable and dry.
Gloves: Windproof, or better still, waterproof gloves are the best choice, bring a spare pair if expecting rain.
Hat or cap: stay warm in winter and shaded in summer
Sunglasses: for any sunny day, even in winter
Sun cream: can be useful even on cloudy and winter days
Snacks: bring biscuits, energy bars, gels, bananas, chocolate or dried fruit for example and put them somewhere easy to get hold of
Lunch: bring a packed lunch unless otherwise stated
Emergency equipment: the walk leader will bring any emergency equipment required for the group, but you are welcome to bring any that you have, such as additional high energy food, a survival bag, a whistle, a medical kit, a torch and something to make fire (either storm proof matches or a firelighter
Map and compass: the walk leader will have these, but if you like map reading or want to develop your skills, bring yours along
Mobile Phone: keep it in a waterproof bag for use in emergencies, and a spare battery/charger is a good idea
Food & drink
You will need to bring a packed lunch and plenty of water (at least 2 litres). Please note there are no facilities, shops or cafes at the start or en route. Nearest facilities are Keswick.