Steel Knotts, from the ridge

The final tower of Steel Knotts, from the ridge

Height: 1414 feet above sea level.

Volume: Book 2 (The Far Eastern Fells)

Steel Knotts

View over to Steel Knotts, with The Nab and Rest Dodd behind, from the path near Waterfoot

Date climbed: 18th August 2011 (walk 42)

Bagged as number: 130 of 330. [ << Wether Hill (129)  (131) Caw Fell >> ]

Route of ascent and descent:  Approached on the ridge from Wether Hill. Descended to Howtown.

What Mr Wainwright says (from page 3 of his chapter): “Steel Knotts may well claim to have the sharpest summit in Lakeland, for the rock tor (Pikeawassa) that crowns the top is so acute that only very agile walkers will be able to stand upon it, although, it will be noted, it is a popular perch for birds. There is no cairn.”

Summit rocks on Steel Knotts

The summit rocks, known as Pikeawassa.

What I say: All the other fells on this walk were more like Pennine fells, being more like rolling moorlands than mountains. Steel Knotts, despite being easily the lowest fell bagged today, was the one point at which the walk really took on Lakeland character. It’s a steep and pointy little bugger, in fact, and not really what my knees needed after a long and pretty rapid walk to reach it. However, it’s interesting, and from its summit I also grabbed one of the best pictures of the summer (the one at the head of the walk 42 page).

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