Hindscarth and Dalehead

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This is a circular walk over high ridge fells, which rewards with excellent views back to Keswick and down into Buttermere. The walk is generally on well-defined paths, but due to the exposed nature of the fells, the height and the distance, the walker should not underestimate this walk.

The climb up the front of Hindscarth is similar in nature to Cat Bells but climbs higher and longer. On reaching just short of the summit of Hindscarth, there is a shelter cairn. This is an excellent place to regain your breath and admire the fabulous view back to Keswick and Skiddaw.

The walk takes you anticlockwise on to Dalehead via Hindscarth Edge, where there are views down into Buttermere and the Honister Pass. Dropping down to the tarn in the col off Dalehead starts the descent into the Newlands Valley. Keeping the beck on your left, you soon reach a spectacular waterfall. Following the path down gives you a good appreciation of the ridge of Hindscarth on your left.

This walk gives rewarding views all the way around and if you wish to appreciate how the Ice Age and glaciers formed the Lake District, no walk will better display this.

England - North England - Cumbria - Lake District - North West

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Birds, Flowers, Great Views, Hills or Fells, Waterfall, Wildlife

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