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Sunday, 21 August 2011

Newlands Horseshoe

Tomorrow I should have flown to Lourdes. For various reasons I cancelled this trip which has turned out to be fortuitous.
Last Friday I walked the Newlands Horseshoe in the Lake District. Two years ago I downloaded the list of 214 Wainwrights as a basis for visits to our Lakes National Park, but not from motivation to assiduously complete them. After bagging four on Friday I have now climbed forty. I know I have done more in the past, but decided only to count those I could specifically date from the time I downloaded the list.
All went well on the first half taking in Cat Bells, Maiden Moor and High Spy to arrive at Dale Head which I had previously visited on my recent Buttermere round. Dale Head is at the head of the Newlands Valley which is an aesthetically pleasing, almost unbelievably symmetrical glaciated valley which  I had  vowed to revisit when I discovered it on that Buttermere trip.
After coffee and a sandwich in a sheltered spot overlooking the aforementioned wonder on one side, and looking down to Buttermere Lake far below on the other I set off on the western side of the horseshoe to take in Hindscarth. I have been having some pain in the left knee for a couple of weeks, and this suddenly became more acute.

Newlands Valley from Dale Head, Skiddaw in the distance

The descent down Scope End was steep and rocky and I was in much pain with a further four kilomteres on level tracks back to the car.

I will have to see what some rest will do, but I am glad I didn't have this problem on day one of a twelve day trip in the Pyrenees.


The Crow said...

I hope the rest proves beneficial.

Your photos show a beautiful, breathtaking landscape. I can see why you enjoy hiking, Sir Hugh.

afootinthehills said...

Hope your knee improves soon Sir Hugh.

Phreerunner said...

Sorry to hear that, Conrad. I hope you recover soon - it must be very frustrating.

Sir Hugh said...

The Crow - Your comment has motivated me to post more pics - see my latest post.

Afoot and Pheerunner - Thanks for your messages. I intend to try a shorter walk within the next few days to see what happens. Watch this space.