Hills: Knott Rigg, Ard Crags and Robinson
Date: Monday 29th July 2019
Company: Just myself
Distance: 9.1km, Ascent: 815m
Time: 3Hrs 55Mins

Yesterday evening I drove back to the Lake District parking-up at Newlands Hause. The weather forecast for today was mixed, low cloud and rain in the morning followed by sunshine in the afternoon. I therefore held of walking until 10am but didn't want to wait any longer as I like early morning walks.

Click here to see a map of the route undertaken

From Newlands Hause, I set off up the steep slope of Knott Rigg. During the ascent, I stopped to take a few photos looking back to Newlands Hause and the lovely Moss Force waterfall.

Nice overnight parking spot at Newlands Hause:

As with most walks in the Lakes, the ascent was via a fairly good grassy path.

Ascending Knott Rigg:

However, on gaining more height I was into low cloud for the third consective day.

Into the low cloud on ridge leading to summit of Knott Rigg:

The summit of Knott Rigg has a collection of small stones masquerading as a cairn.

At the summit of Knott Rigg:

After a quick photo, I was on my way out to Ard Crags as there was no point hanging around in the low cloud.

Heading from Knott Rigg out to Ard Crags:

It didn't take long to reach the summit of my second Wainwright of the day; these are an easy pair from Newlands Hause.

At the summit of Ard Crags:

From Ard Crags, I returned back via the same route again ascending to the summit of Knott Rigg. At last the cloud was beginning to lift.

Looking back to Ard Crags from Knott Rigg:

It didn't take long to descend back to Newlands Hause which was now much busier than when I had set off. It seems to be a regular stopping point for tourist buses.

Cloud lifting during descent from Knott Rigg:

On reaching Newlands Hause, I stopped for a drink and then started the steep ascent of Robinson.

Starting ascent of Robinson from Newlands Hause:

On reaching the flat ground above the initial steep ascent, I was greeted by a couple of sheep.


I then crossed Buttermere Moss to get to Robinson.


After all the recent heavy rain, Buttermere Moss would be better named Buttermere Bog.

Boggy ground:

However, I was soon past the bog and ascending the diagonal path leading up towards the summit of Robinson. By the time I reached the summit, the cloud had lifted off all the surrounding hills providing great views.

View towards Crummock Water from summit of Robinson:

It was nice to look across to Red Pike and High Stile, hills I ascended just a few days previous.

Looking across to High Stile and Red Pike:

Panorama from summit:

An ascent of Grasmoor is still fairly high-up on my wish list.

Grasmoor from summit of Robinson:

During the descent I stopped briefly to take a photo of the view towards Keswick, a place I quite like in winter but which is far too busy for my liking in summer - tourist hell; a bit like Pitlochry and Aviemore back home!

View towards Keswick:

Looking back to Robinson:

I took care during the final steep descent back to Newlands Hause. An enjoyable second half to the day. One-third of the Wainwrights now complete, not sure if this is a list I will ever be able to complete .