Robinson is a fell in the English Lake District,
its southern slopes descending to Buttermere, while its northern side is
set in the Newlands Valley. Paths lead to the summit from the village of
Buttermere, from the nearby summit Dale Head and from various locations
in the valleys to the north.
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. Robinson stands in the
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.
bland from Buttermere, smooth rounded slopes curving up from the valley
floor. Viewed from Keswick or Newlands to the north, its character is
altogether different. From here the wall of Robinson Crags drops from
the summit of the fell, a great chunk of the hillside seemingly missing.
The western flanks of the fell fall to Buttermere, the village
itself standing on Robinson’s territory. The top and bottom sections are
quite steep but the slope levels out at 1,500 ft to accommodate
Buttermere Moss, in Wainwright’s words “ a wide marshy depression from
which water cannot escape except by being carried away in the boots of
At the head of the lower slope is the subsidiary
top of High Snockrigg (1,725 ft), a fine viewpoint for the Buttermere
valley. On the south western rim of the Moss is Goat Crag, overlooking
To the south of Robinson are Gatesgarthdale Beck
and the road up Honister Pass. This side of the fell presents a long and
mainly featureless slope, although near the summit are the Hackney
Holes, curious rocky depressions of uncertain origin.
south east from the summit is Littledale Edge an airy narrow ridge which
connects to the neighbouring fell of Hindscarth. To the north of the
Edge is a sharp descent into the head of Little Dale, part of the
Newlands catchment. This valley runs north east, flanked by parallel
ridges descending from Robinson and Hindscarth, its stream being named
Robinson’s north east ridge is rough and craggy
towards the top before levelling out onto the grassy spur of High Snab
Bank. This finally runs down to Newlands Church and the hamlet of Little
Town. Beneath the nose of the ridge is the confluence of Scope Beck and
Keskadale forms the north western boundary of
Robinson and is also the route of Newlands Pass, crossing the North
Western Fells from Braithwaite to Buttermere. Its summit at Newlands
Hause (1,092 ft) lies beneath the northern edge of Buttermere Moss, from
which the waterfall of Moss Force drops within easy reach of the road.
The top of Robinson is rounded and mainly of grass, but there are
two low outcrops of rock with loose stones between. The more westerly of
these is the summit and bears a cairn. There is another prominent cairn
at the top of the north east ridge. From below this appears to be the
summit, but disappointment awaits anyone so deceived by the convex
slope. Fair paths run to Buttermere, Littledale Edge and the north east
ridge, once the grass is reached.
The view is robbed of
foreground by the broad plateau of the summit, but close formations of
fells appear in all directions. All of the principal groups with the
exception of the Far Eastern Fells are in sight.
Village provides a popular starting point providing a good path leading
up via High Snockrigg. Conditions deteriorate at the crossing of
Buttermere Moss followed by a stiff climb to the summit.
route from Buttermere begins further south at Hasness, working around
Goat Crag to join the main path above the moss.
Access can also
be gained from the Honister Pass road from a point near the first bridge
over the beck at about 500 ft. From here a direct line northward will
bring the walker to Littledale Edge.
The north east ridge
provides an excellent walk from the Newlands valley, rising up
Finally a great deal of height can be gained by
car, if the fell is climbed from Newlands Hause.
ascends to the right of Moss Force, before the path is lost for a while
in the Moss itself. A rough climb to the summit then follows. By passing
the Moss to the west, Newlands Hause provides speedy access to High
Snockrigg for fine views and perhaps a picnic.