Hindscarth Summit
Hindscarth Summit

Walks By Keyword / Analysis: Cumbria, Hindscarth, Lake District

A Few Facts About Hindscarth

Location -
Hindscarth is a mountain between the valleys of Buttermere and Newlands in the north-western part of the 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 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.

Mining In The Area -
The northern ridge of Hindscarth which falls away to the Newlands valley has at its foot (at Scope End) one of the most famous former mines in the Lake District. The Goldscope mine has been designated as a major national important site by English Heritage who have stated that it should receive priority treatment for its protection and preservation. The mine was opened in 1564 and developed in its early days by German miners who worked its rich veins of lead and copper. The mine was considered so important in its early days that it was requisitioned for the Crown by Elizabeth I from its then-owner the Earl of Northumberland. There are considerable spoil heaps on the Newlands Beck side of Scope End and the shaft inside the hillside was sunk to such a considerable depth that it became uneconomical to pump out the water leading to the closure of the mine at the end of the 19th century.

Summit And Views -
The summit has a cairn amongst 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.
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Hill / Mountain Class(s)
Birkett, Bridge, Buxton & Lewis, English Nuttall, Fellranger, Hewitt, North Western Fell, Nuttall, Sim, Synge, Tump, Wainwright

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