Newlands Round

  • Extensive views in all directions
  • Good walking underfoot
  • Over looking lovely Newlands

Whenever I walk the Newlands Round the name of the book “How Green is my Valley” comes to mind. Without doubt Newlands is one of the prettiest of the Lakeland valleys with its lush green fields and pretty isolated farmsteads. The valley is less imposing than many others, for example nearby Buttermere with its steep flanks and high craggy fells. The fells around Newlands are still steep but somehow softer and grassier than those to the west and south, the lines they make are more graceful this does make for some great walking territory.

The 3 fells of Robinson, Hindscarth and Dale Head form a neat circuit above Little Town but I would add the knobbly ridge of High Spy and Maiden Moor to create one of the very best Lakeland walks. Having completed the first three fells you will certainly feel every 550 foot of the climb to High Spy but once you are there it is a worthy addition to the route. The views over Derwent Water are exceptional on a good day and the walking is easy with the descent in to Little Town nothing more than a stroll.

The late autumn day that I last completed the Newlands Round had some of the best light for photography I have ever come across. I hope you like the photos.

Recommend: Normally I would encourage gaining height as quick as possible and climb on to the ridge of Robinson from High Nab Farm; in this case stick to the valley floor of Scope Beck and its perfectly formed valley sides.

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OS Map: O/S 1.25,000. OL4 The English Lakes North West.Buy Map
Start Point: NY 231193. Little Town. There is parking by the stream just outside Little Town. Cross the bridge and take the lane past Newlands Church heading for Robinson.
Height to Climb: 968ms (3,175 feet)
Terrain: Good paths throughout, the walking along the tops is particularly pleasant.
Eating & Drinking: Tea rooms with home made cakes are available at Littletown Farm whilst the pub at Swinside, only a mile from Little Town, has superb views and a good pint.
Similar Walks Nearby: The Coledale Round from Braithwaite
Falnks of the Newlands Valley
Skiddaw via Ullock Pike
Places to Stay: Swinside Lodge HotelLittletown Guest House


  1. Mountain Mike Wilson says:

    Hi its Mike the date is 6/4/18 I’m on the fells with Gav and Deb our target is Robinson and Dale Head conditions are superb its a warm one.Stiff trek up High Snab Bank and Deb sets off up the scramble overlooking Robinson Craggs,Gav and I follow this a nice scramble small break and we are off towards the next scramble which leads us to the first Cairn we can now see the top its a great day a good few folk about.After a few snaps taken we head for Dalehead and after a nice trek we are meeting a good number of fellow walkers up here,conditions are superb think I’m getting a tan.At this we head down to Dalehead Tarn and have our lunch,again a good number of people about,Time to move on and we drop down Rigghead Mine towards Rosthwaite and a well deserved latte and a slice of cake it was two more Wainwrights for Deb great day see you on the Fells MM.

  2. Mountain Mike Wilson says:

    Hi its Mike (MM)todays target Robinson from Newlands Chapel towards Dale Head,weather dry and windy,stiff up hill start good scramble that gets you up onto easier ground,top reached in one hour and thirty minutes,nobody about at this time,I head for Dale Head.I speak to a few people as I head up towards the Cairn,I then drop down to Dale Head Tarn more walkers about all heading for Robinson I mention taken to here two hours and forty minutes.A quick break and I’m on my way back down to The Chapel car park,track is rough going weather rotten at a lot of points,finally down to a nice track that leads back to Little Town time taken around five hours and I’m totally dry,Im back next week with Gav as he wants to do Hindscarth see you all later MM.

  3. Jonathan says:

    I prefer anti clockwise for those reasons

  4. jonny and ella says:

    Which way around? Great walk either way, or indeed straight up Hindscarth. Overall I’d agree on anti clock, as you have a long time looking at Derwentwater, Skiddaw and Blencathra and the wind will probably be at your back.

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