- Dale Head with Helen -

Date & Time: Monday 3rd Sept 2007. 3 pm start.

Location of Start : Honister Hause, Buttermere Valley, Cumbria, Uk. ( NY 225 135 )

Places visited : Up past the Yew Dale Quarries to Dale Head, and return.

Walk details : 2.5 mls, 1300 ft of ascent, 2.5 hrs.

Highest point : Dale Head 2473 ft ( 753m )

Walked with : My Anglo/Australian visitor Helen and our dogs, Harry and Bethan.

Weather : Overcast but fine. It clouded over more later.

What is this on the way up to Dale Head ??


Helen, a long term friend of mine (we're talking school days here) emigrated to Australia in the 1980's

but has returned on an extended holiday to visit family and friends.

Before she flew home she was able to make the journey north and spend a few days with us.

Today a walk up from Honister Hause to Dale Head was suggested

in order to get a closer view of the higher fells at the top of our valley.

We climbed up the fence line. I had promised Helen an expansive view from the summit.

Hello . . . this is new ! What is it ?

Helen guessed a weather station, myself an Indian style tepee.

It was neither, as was explained by two members of the Kendal Arts Society. It was their northern most outpost of eight similar works of art all placed in various locations on the fells. The objective was to view the fells in a different way, such as through the narrow bands seen on the tent structure. We were then invited to go inside and draw what we saw through the gap. The mirrors on the outside were to reflect the sun and also mirror the earth around, making people appreciate the scenery in a different way.

However, I had promised Helen an expansive and full viewing of the unfolding majestic fells,

so we politely declined the offer and moved on upwards.

Here she admired the Scafells for the first time.

Interesting skies and some billowing clouds enhance this view of Great Gable,

the Scafells, Great End, Esk Pike and Bowfell from near the summit.

Helen reaches the shapely summit of Dale Head.
Myself, Bethan and a rather grubby looking Harry.

Time to pause, and reflect on the beautiful view down the Newlands valley, north towards Skiddaw.

On our way down, the skies darkened to give this rather moody perspective of Honister Crag.

Buttermere and Crummock are still enjoying sunshine in the valley.

Helen took this lovely shot

of a molten looking Buttermere

on our journey home.


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Technical note: Pictures taken with a Canon Ixus Digital camera.

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