The walk along Ard Crags over Newlands has one of the best and easiest ridge walk in the Lake District. The views are excellent and it feels a privilege to be there. There are some steepclimbs however.
1860′. There are two main reasons I walked this circuit of Ard Crags over Newlands. The ridge is excellent (a grassy knife edge) and Newlands the valley deserves a closer inspection than it often gets. Many will pass Ard Crags by car and never even know it exists. Many assume that it is part of the long Eel Crags /Causey Pike ridge. The steep heathery slopes of each ridge appear to blend in together. Not many therefore climb on to its wonderful ridge of easy walking and outstanding views across Newlands, Derwentwater and the central fells of the Lake District.
There is not a better mile of ridge walking in the area. It is particularly satisfying after the steep climb that precedes it. Last time I was up, myself and JP cut across to Braithwaite over the hause of Causey Pike and Scar Crags but this time I contented myself with a leisurely stroll back to the car.
Follow the ridge south to the point it overlooks Buttermere. Beautiful.
On the descent you do not have to head on to the right of way to the north to get off the mountain. The maps show the path running out at a field boundary but you can sneak easily on to the road from here. No wall climbing or angry farmers.
Hi its Mountain Mike todays target is Hindscarth,weather is wall to wall sunshine temperature is minus one. At this point I meet a guy called Trevor and discuss the days intentions after this I cross the bridge and turn left passing through the farm turn right and I’m on the track for Hindscarth,conditions underfoot great I’m geared up with ice axe and crampons.After a good few neat scrambles I’m on a ridge heading for the base of the final ascent plenty of photographs taken I am the only person up here,the track is a bit dodgy in parts so people beware.Finally I’m at the base of the mountain say 500ft to the top and I’m facing a wall of frozen snow so its out with the hardware crampons make the ascent easy with an ice axe and I’m in the shelter on this side whoopee another Wainwright bagged,quick break and I’m heading for the top,crampons now strapped to my rucksack,I keep my axe out just in case.Weather superb what a day,I decide to go over to Robinson and drop back down from there.At the top I take a few snaps a video or two and as a large crowd make towards me I make my way towards some scary scrambles back down Robinson fortunately the rocks were bone dry but a bit of advice you are better ascending this way,I pass a couple of lady walkers and a fell runner before I start descending these are naughty little scrambles but I make it down and meet up with a couple from Castle Eden in Durham just up the road from Teesside where I live they ask my advice about going up and coming down after a short chat they decide to retreat four legged friend faithfully following,I continue my descent safely into the valley a few more snaps taken and I’m back at the car great day on the Mountains.
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