Ill Crag (Newlands)

Height: 546 metres / 1791 feet Grid reference: NY 19973 19168

Crag Hill and Sail from Ill Crag

Crag Hill and Sail from Ill Crag

Derwent Fells

Start point: Rigg Beck (disused quarry) (NY 229 201)

Rigg Beck quarry – Ard CragsIll CragKnott Rigg – Keskadale Edge – Rigg Beck quarry

Distance: 4.9 miles     Total Ascent: 500 metres   Time Taken: 2 hours     Start Time: 11:00

Weather: Low cloud, windy on the ridge. 10C

The cloud was right down on the fells today when I set off along Rigg Beck for the Derwent Fells. I descended via the Wainwright monikered Keskadale Edge, a great way down with a few surprising ‘ups’ before the steep descent.

Robinson

Start point: Rigg Beck (disused quarry) (NY 229 201)

Rigg Beck quarry – Gillbrow – Little Dale – Robinson High Snockrigg Newlands Hause – Knott Rigg Ill Crag Ard Crags – Rigg Beck quarry

Distance: 8.1 miles     Total Ascent: 953 metres    Time Taken: 4 hours

Weather: Hot, humid and hazy. 25C.

The recent humid weather continued today and the views were very hazy until the sun managed to burn through towards the end of the walk. I think Casper was feeling the heat today, so much so that he was nearly tripping over that tongue of his. Mind you, I was nearly tripping over mine too – phew, it was too hot to walk!

Robinson

Start point: Chapel Bridge, Little Town (NY 232 194)

Little Town – High Snab Bank – Robinson (487) High Snockrigg (488) Newlands Hause – Knott Rigg (489) Ill Crag (490) Ard Crags (491) – Chapel Bridge – Little Town

Distance: 10.5 miles     Total Ascent: 950 metres     Time Taken: 4 hours 30 minutes

Weather: Overcast. 16oC.

I wasn’t holding out much hope for the weather today as it was very grey and looked a certainty for rain – as it was I thought we faired pretty well as the rain held off for the whole round. This is a great way to reach the summit of Robinson and the views were good from there, even the high winds couldn’t spoil that.