Summit of The Knott

Summit of The Knott

Height:  2423 feet above sea level.

Volume: Book 2 (The Far Eastern Fells).

The Knott, from Brock Crags

The Knott, from Brock Crags

Date climbed: First visit: 22nd May 2010 (walk 14).

Second visit: 5th August 2016 (walk 115).

Bagged as number: First round: 48 out of 330. [ << High Street (47)  (49) Rampsgill Head >> ]

Second round: 55 of 330. [ << Claife Heights (54)  (56) High Street >> ]

Route of ascent and descent: First visit: Approached from High Street and left for Rampsgill Head. In the latter case, there is no direct path, but there is no reason to be wary of what is a reasonably mild grassy slope.

Second visit: Ascended from Hartsop. Left for High Street.

What Mr Wainwright says (from page 2 of his chapter): “The steep western slope descending from Rampsgill Head is arrested below the summit, just as the fall is gathering impetus, by a protuberance that takes the shape of a small conical hill. This is the Knott, a key point for walkers in this area, and although its short side rises barely a hundred feet from the main fell, its appearance is imposing when seen from other directions and especially when approached from the Hartsop valley.”

The Knott, Rampsgill Head and Kidsty Pike

(left to right) The Knott, Rampsgill Head and Kidsty Pike, viewed from Gray Crag

What I say: Four pages is the fewest Wainwright gives to any of the 214 and The Knott is one of the highest fells to be so cursorily treated in the Pictorial Guide; a sign that there is really knott… sorry, not much to it. Once again this is a time at which I wonder whether it might have been just considered a subsidiary peak of higher fells around. The climb up from the main Patterdale-High Street path is so short, however, that it may as well be bagged by anyone passing by. And the summit is a pleasant, airy spot with a good view.

Note: Knott to be… sorry, not to be confused with Knott (without the ‘The’), which is in the Northern Fells, nor with The Knott that appears in the Stainton Pike chapter of the Outlying Fells.

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