I believe this route follows the classic Newlands Horseshoe, from Robinson to Catbells, via Hindscarth, Dale Head, High Spy and Maiden Moor; car parked at Little Town. I chose this direction (starting at Robinson) preferring to begin at the higher end of the route. Taken in the other direction there's a bit of a hard slog up from Dalehead Tarn to the summit of Dale Head, and I was happy to meet it in descent, rather than ascent! Choosing to finish at Catbells also means a very gentle finish, being very easy going from Dalehead Tarn back to the car-park. Either way, I think you really can't go wrong with this route - it's a good one!
Newlands Horseshoe, 19km, and around 6 hours. (Wainwright Book 6: The North Western Fells)
I chose another short route for this walk on Wednesday 26th January. Next one might need to be a bit longer to avoid developing a reputation for being the wrong type of lightweight!
A 12km circular route, starting at the Uzzicar car park. (Wainwright Book 6: The North Western Fells)
I think I was walking this popular route in reverse, or at least, most people seemed to be going the other way. I'm pretty sure I took the better direction for the first half of the route, and I think the latter half would have been equally good in either direction. After my experiences on the Grisedale Horseshoe, starting too late and finishing in darkness, I chose a shorter route and was underway before 10am.
The Coledale Horseshoe, 17km, starting in Braithwaite. (Wainwright Book 6: The North Western Fells)