Knott, from Mosedale

Knott, from the lower slopes of Carrock Fell, near Mosedale

Height: 2329 feet above sea level.

Volume: Book 5 (The Northern Fells)

Date climbed: 25th July 2012 (walk 59)

Bagged as number:  182 of 330. [ << High Pike (181)  (183) Great Borne >> ]

Route of ascent and descent: Approached along the ridge from High Pike. Descended down Hause Gill to Orthwaite and then Bassenthwaite (basically the reverse of the ascent depicted on Wainwright’s page Knott 5).

Knott summit

Knott’s summit cairn, Skiddaw behind

What Mr Wainwright says (from page 2 of his chapter): “Knott occupies a commanding position across the middle of the group of fells north of Skiddaw Forest, of which it is the highest. Long and narrow, it is nearly four miles from end to end, the extremities being rough but the in-between a vast smooth sheep pasture – grand tramping country in spite of a lack of paths, landmarks and features of interest.”

What I say: Knott was an unexciting fell, and the final ascent of it, beyond the shooting box on Lingy Hill, was tedious. But I will give it points for an easy and quite interesting descent, which those of us with increasingly dubious knees do start to care about.  Hause Gill is quite a cute ravine, that you can comfortably walk down through and admire.  And for the fell as a whole, the views were good, the walking generally easy, and it made a change from all that craggy stuff.  Yeah – for a big grassy lump, not bad, not bad.

Knott from Great Calva

Note: There are three Knotts among the Wainwrights. One was bagged as fell number 48 in May 2010, on walk 14 – it does not eschew the definite article, being known as The Knott. The other “The Knott” is a subsidiary fell in the Stainton Pike chapter of the Outlying Fells.

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