The Newlands Round

Two days after our first walk in beautiful weather, everything had changed - in fact, it didn't take that long, since the following day had been horrible.  This time we had very grey skies, and the threat of rain.  But we could just see the top of Hindscarth, so we (the dogs and I, of course, plus four souls from the Online Fellwalking Club) set off at just after 10am from Little Town car park.

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Dogs to the fore, as usual, with perhaps a little trepidation in view of the clouds ahead...
The spoil from Goldscope Mine on the flank of Hindscarth.  If you have lived in the area for more than ten minutes, you are supposed to know that this was the very first mine in the area, commissioned by Queen Elizabeth I, and worked by imported German miners.  These immigrants started impregnating the local Keswick girls, and were promptly banished to live on Derwent Island in the lake.  Some of them must have escaped, though, since one of their descendants now walks our dogs when we are not around...

Looking back down Newlands from half way up Scope End, which is the front end of Hindscarth. The ladies are Mary and Pam, from the OFC, the isolated building is Newlands Church, and Little Town is visible on the right.
The view over Scope End towards Maiden Moor and Catbells.

Another picture from further along the ridge leading towards the climb up to the top of Hindscarth.  This is where the wind really started - but, surprisingly no rain.  Yet...
Dale Head, from near the top of Hindscarth.  At least we can see it, which we couldn't at the start of the walk.

The dogs near the top of Dale Head.
Just to prove we did it: Mike and John at the top of Dale Head - I was behind the camera, honest!

High Spy as viewed from our lunch spot, at Dale Head Tarn.  We had an afternoon with some rain, but nothing special - until Hause Gate, when we turned down west into the wind and got nice and wet.
Quite impressive, some of the crags down the side of High Spy...

Catbells and Derwentwater, from the flank of Maiden Moor
This is the path down from Hause Gate to Borrowdale.  What you can't see is the beautiful view across Derwentwater towards Blencathra.

We started with a mine, and we finish with one: Yewthwaite mine, above Little Town.

One of the advantages of living in the Lakes is that you can wait for good weather before venturing up high.  However, we had arranged this walk some days in advance, so we just went.  If you want to see some pictures of the Round in better weather, click here
and find the Newlands Round under "Long walks".