Author Topic: TR Wild camp near Robinson Sat 22 to Sun 23 Jun 19  (Read 1048 times)

April

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We got the Buttermere bus to the Catbells bus stop. We were pleased it was just a short journey from Keswick because the bus was packed! We were standing and felt like sardines. I chatted to a fellow sardine, nice lady  :)

We were going over Ard Crags and Knott Rigg then descending to Newlands Hause. We wanted to pitch near Robinson. We had a pretty good weather day, very warm, dry and sunny spells.
At Skelgill we took the footpath to Rowling End Farm.

Beefy and Squeaky with Hindscarth and Robinson in view


Ard Crags ahead as we walked beside Rigg Beck


We stopped for lunch near Rigg Beck and we had 50 minutes. We weren't in a hurry as the walk was quite short.

On the ascent of Ard Crags


It was hard work on the ascent, it was hot and humid with hardly any wind. It is a steep route and it seemed to go on forever.

Squeaky you are going the wrong way!


Squeaky enjoying the view on Ard Crags east ridge


She had been squeaking at us to hurry up on the ascent. We were sweating buckets and we renamed the fell Hard Crags.

High Spy and Hindscarth


Beefy and Squeaky on the summit of Ard Crags


It is a fab walk this, with wonderful views of the fells in all directions.

Causey Pike and Blencathra


The Helvellyn Dodds beyond Catbells and Bleaberry Fell


Looking back to Ard Crags from the way up Knott Rigg


Beefy and Squeaky on the summit of Knott Rigg


Our legs were feeling the steep descent down to Newlands Hause.

Moss Force


We had a 40 minute break at Newlands Hause before the steep ascent to Buttermere Moss.

The steep route up to Buttermere Moss


We were up before we knew it, we had been dreading it because we were flagging a bit.

Rannerdale Knotts from Buttermere Moss


We went onto High Snockrigg first before looking around for a pitch.

Great Gable, Haystacks, Scafell Pike from High Snockrigg


We found a pitch after about 20 minutes and got the tent up.

The MSR on Buttermere Moss


We had collected some water from a tarn first and it had filtered by the time we got our gear sorted. We had a cuppa and rested our tired legs. It was about 4.30 and we could see people descending from Robinson. We thought they could probably see us but we were quite a distance from the path. The wind had picked up a bit from the morning and it would have been too cold to sit and wait anyway. The cloud had thinned and we had lovely blue skies. We had our tea and we managed to sit outside the tent on the north side of the tent out of the wind. The wine was opened and we waited for the sunset.

Fleetwith Pike and Haystacks from our pitch


We saw a fellow wild camper setting up on High Snockrigg. It is a nice place to pitch, we camped there last year.

Toward the Solway Firth


The sun begins to dip down toward the horizon


It goes down behind High Snockrigg


Nice colours in the sky


A pretty good sunset, a fab walk and wild camp.

Our route was Catbells bus stop - Skelgill - Rowling End Farm - Rigg Beck - Ard Crags - Knott Rigg - Newlands Hause - High Snockrigg - pitch on Buttermere Moss. 9.6km with 740m ascent

High Stile and Red Pike next morning


The wind had picked up overnight and it was still blustery when we packed up. It was incessant wind and very annoying.

We had planned to do Robinson but we didn't want to be in that wind any higher up and for longer so we descended to Buttermere. We chatted to 4 Aussie blokes who were on their way up Robinson. The joy on their faces was evident and they mentioned how beautiful the Lake District was. They had camping gear but had camped at the camp site in Buttermere and asked us if we had camped up on the fells. We told them we had. We said our farewells and they carried on with huge smiles on their faces. It is wonderful to see people enjoying the fells so much especially when they have travelled so far. If they had come a few weeks ago they may not have been smiling so much  ;D

On the tricky descent to Buttermere


I don't like this bit, there is a bit of a drop and the path narrows. It was wet and greasy and the rock was like ice.

When we reached the church we turned left and walked past the YH then took the footpath along the north shore path on Buttermere heading west to Gatesgarth .

Haystacks across Buttermere


It was very blustery here too.

Fleetwith Pike and Haystacks


We stopped for a brew and some food in a sheltered spot out of the wind.

Mother duck and ducklings


We were lucky to catch a bus from Lower Gatesgarth and got to Keswick early so we took Squeaky for a walk in Hope Park before we got our bus home. Day 2 was Pitch - Buttermere - Lower Gatesgarth 6.4km with 40m ascent. Walk to Hope Park and back was 1.6km. A very good weekend, we felt like summer was here at last. My knee still isn't 100% but like last week, no worse after the weekend.
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sunnydale

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Re: TR Wild camp near Robinson Sat 22 to Sun 23 Jun 19
« Reply #1 on: 20:09:45, 25/06/19 »
Great read and photos April O0
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Re: TR Wild camp near Robinson Sat 22 to Sun 23 Jun 19
« Reply #2 on: 20:11:22, 25/06/19 »
Tremendous  8)
Great weather, great views, great pitch, great sunset  ;D
Oh and great pics  ;D
What a weekend of fun and adventure
Looking forward to the next one  O0
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Re: TR Wild camp near Robinson Sat 22 to Sun 23 Jun 19
« Reply #3 on: 21:04:46, 25/06/19 »
Great trip report and fantastic pics.


Even though you had dry weather, what was Buttermere Moss like? I've heard it can be very boggy up there. If so, any way to avoid it to ascend Robinson?

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Re: TR Wild camp near Robinson Sat 22 to Sun 23 Jun 19
« Reply #4 on: 21:04:50, 25/06/19 »

Lovely photos, April - one of my favourite corners of the Lake District (but I have a lot of favourites).


How was your knee?

Innominate Man

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Re: TR Wild camp near Robinson Sat 22 to Sun 23 Jun 19
« Reply #5 on: 23:24:20, 25/06/19 »
That is a great excursion on wonderful fells. A great TR & photos too  O0
It was great seeing your route, much of which was a reverse of a walk we did three years ago when we started at Catbells and traversed clockwise via Maiden Moor ..... down Moss Force and across (eventually) onto Ard Crags.
Without checking I seem to recall we did something like 15 miles, but the weather was nowhere near as good as you had.


This was a practice walk for the subsequent 10 peak walk a few weeks later and it allowed us to reconnoitre the final (leg) outer arc of hills we'd tackle that day.


Makes me want to go back again.


Glad your knee is behaving itself.
« Last Edit: 23:29:25, 25/06/19 by Innominate Man »
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Re: TR Wild camp near Robinson Sat 22 to Sun 23 Jun 19
« Reply #6 on: 00:00:37, 26/06/19 »
Lovely photos April  O0 lets hope that the weather is picking up at last.
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April

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Re: TR Wild camp near Robinson Sat 22 to Sun 23 Jun 19
« Reply #7 on: 08:01:40, 26/06/19 »
Thanks Sunnydale  O0


It was great wasn't it beefy  :)


Thanks Mark T. It wasn't that boggy where we were. The path up to Robinson can be boggy across the Moss but it isn't as bad as the Pewits. I would call it a bit damp underfoot and only for a short distance.


Richard, I too have a lot of favourites! My knee is a bit stiff with the odd twinge. I still can't kneel on it properly so it makes things awkward in the tent. I can walk without pain that is the main thing.


Thanks IM it is a wonderful part of The Lake District  :)


Thanks Ridge, aye let us hope summer is here!
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Re: TR Wild camp near Robinson Sat 22 to Sun 23 Jun 19
« Reply #8 on: 08:16:12, 26/06/19 »
Wonderful clear views and another great pitch  O0
Hard Crags indeed, mind you they're all a bit hard these days  :)

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Re: TR Wild camp near Robinson Sat 22 to Sun 23 Jun 19
« Reply #9 on: 10:35:53, 26/06/19 »
Great photos, April.
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Re: TR Wild camp near Robinson Sat 22 to Sun 23 Jun 19
« Reply #10 on: 12:56:51, 26/06/19 »
Nice TR April, good to see summer making an appearance!

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Re: TR Wild camp near Robinson Sat 22 to Sun 23 Jun 19
« Reply #11 on: 14:50:43, 26/06/19 »
Superb pics April.  It's such a great place to walk.

The view from Buttermere Moss looking towards Rannerdale Knotts is just epic!

'Hard Crags'... how very apt!!!

April

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Re: TR Wild camp near Robinson Sat 22 to Sun 23 Jun 19
« Reply #12 on: 21:14:29, 26/06/19 »
Hard Crags indeed, mind you they're all a bit hard these days  :)

 :) They are when you are like me, getting on a bit and your body starts to malfunction  ;D

Thanks BWW and pdstsp, it is good to have summer at last  :)

Thanks photonut  :)
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Re: TR Wild camp near Robinson Sat 22 to Sun 23 Jun 19
« Reply #13 on: 10:52:47, 27/06/19 »
More good stuff  :)
You may have a "hot dog" this weekend  ;D
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April

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Re: TR Wild camp near Robinson Sat 22 to Sun 23 Jun 19
« Reply #14 on: 13:41:32, 27/06/19 »
Thanks pleb, as long as it is vegan  :D
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