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Dale Head

Dale Head



Grid Reference: NY 22301 15324
Height: 753 metres/2470 feet

"Dale Head has much in common with Eel Crag in the Grasmoor group. Their summits are focal points of high country, the meeting place of ascending ridges. Both have craggy northern fronts, darkly shadowed, and easy southern approaches. Both enjoy extensive views of great merit, particularly northwards to Skiddaw."
A Wainwright

Dale Head, the highest of the group of fells at the southern end of the Newlands Valley towers above the head of the vale, steep crags protect the summit to the north, but to the south gentle slopes descend to the Honister Pass from where the easiest ascent will be found.

Dale Head is usually traversed as path of the Newlands Horseshoe, a magnificent walk above the Newlands Valley from Robinson to Catbells.

The views from the summit are spectacular, particularly north from the magnificent summit cairn, along the Newlands Valley to Skiddaw where the deep trough of the valley drops away below your feet.

  1. On the summit of High Spy

    Honister to Keswick: Private Guiding

    Difficulty:
    Exposure:

    Good paths and great views over Borrowdale, the Newlands Valley and Derwentwater, a great linear walk

    Distance: 14km / 8.5 miles
    Ascent: 750m / 2500ft
    Duration: 6 hours
    Maximum Group Ratio: 10:1
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  2. Looking down the Newlands Valley from Dale Head

    The Newlands Horseshoe: Private Guiding

    Difficulty:
    Exposure:

    A long but wonderful day on one of the classic horseshoe walks of the Lake District

    Distance: 18km / 12 miles
    Ascent: 1190m / 3900ft
    Duration: 7 hours
    Maximum Group Ratio: 10:1
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  3. Fleetwith Pike from Glaramara

    The Buttermere Horseshoe: Private Guiding

    Difficulty:
    Exposure:

    A very long day above Buttermere with glorious views thoughout

    Distance: 21km / 13 miles
    Ascent: 1880m / 6220ft
    Duration: 10 hours
    Maximum Group Ratio: 10:1
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  4. Wastwater, a welcome sight at the end of day 3

    The Bob Graham 5 Day Challenge: Private Guiding

    Difficulty:
    Exposure:

    The infamous 42 peak circuit of the Lakes, we cover the route over 5 days

    Distance: 115km / 72 miles
    Ascent: 8200m / 27000ft
    Duration: 5 days
    Maximum Group Ratio: 10:1
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