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Height: 727m (2,385ft) GPS: NY 21565 16517 Walking Routes

Hindscarth is a mountain between the valleys of Buttermere and Newlands, in the north-western part of the English Lake District. The fell's name is derived from two words from the Old Norse language, Hind and Skarth and means the pass used by the red deer.

The North Western Fells occupy the area between the rivers Derwent and Cocker, a broadly oval swathe of hilly country elongated on a north-south axis. Two roads cross from east to west dividing the fells into three convenient groups. Hindscarth stands in the southern sector.

The principal ridge in this group of fells runs east from Buttermere, climbing over Robinson, Hindscarth and Dale Head. It then turns north descending gradually toward Derwentwater, the main tops being High Spy, Maiden Moor and Catbells.

The ridge from Robinson to Dale Head forms the heads of Little Dale and Newlands, bypassing the intervening summit of Hindscarth. This stands off to the north forming the dividing wall between the two valleys.

The long north west ridge steps down over several tiers of crag to the confluence of its bordering streams. The southern face of Hindscarth looks down over Honister Pass.

The summit carries an untidy cairn amid some embedded rocks. Elsewhere there are patches of grass and gravel. A hundred yards south is a larger cairn, marked as a Shelter on Ordnance Survey maps.

The view north into the Newlands Valley is excellent backed by Skiddaw. All of the major fell groups with the exception of High Street can be seen.

A popular ascent starts from a parking area nearby Newlands Church and passes over the Scope End ridge before continuing up crags to the summit.

Due to their proximity, Hindscarth and Robinson are often combined into a single walk starting from Newlands.

The fell is also part of a longer walk including Catbells, High Spy, Dale Head and along the Littledale Edge ridge to Robinson the Newlands Horseshoe.

Walking routes near Hindscarth



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