Summit of Thunacar Knott

Summit of Thunacar Knott

Height:  2351 feet above sea level is the altitude given at the head of Wainwright’s chapter, though even he admits that although this is the height of the ‘recognised summit’ there is a point at 2362 feet nearby.  According to this fell’s page on Wikipedia, however, the official height is now stated as 2372 feet.

Footprint trail on Thunacar Knott

Looking back to Thunacar Knott’s summit. (Yes, those are my footprints, and yes, I know my feet stick out.)

Volume: Book 3 (The Central Fells).

Date climbed: First visit: 13th February 2010 (walk 10). Second visit: 21st June 2016 (walk 112).

Bagged as number: First round: 32 of 330. [ << Harrison Stickle (31)   (33) Pavey Ark >> ]

Second round: 46 of 330. [ << Pavey Ark (45)  (47) Harrison Stickle >> ]

Route of ascent and descent: First visit: Came to it on the ridge from Harrison Stickle. Left via the plateau (not ridge) which leads over to Pavey Ark.

Second visit: Reversed this.

What Mr. Wainwright says (from pp. 1-2 of his chapter): “Thunacar Knott is not popularly known by name, and is the one unattractive summit in a distinguished Langdale company…. From north and south and east and west, Thunacar Knott is completely unphotogenic, and the best that any illustration can produce is a slight roughness of the slowly-swelling curve that forms its broad summit. The uninspiring characteristic extends to the whole fell, which is quite deficient in interest (if, as has already been decided for the purposes of this book, Pavey Ark is not regarded as a part of it, although it really is).”

Thunacar Knott

Thunacar Knott, from Pike o’Stickle — with High Raise behind (in shadow)

What I say: It is true that there does not seem to be much going for this fell once you divorce it from Pavey Ark (or indeed the rest of the Langdale Pikes, of which it is, in a sense, the geographic centre). However, as I hope these pictures show, I first saw it on a rather good day for walking in the hills, and for that reason I think this will stick in the memory. But otherwise there really isn’t much to it, and no point setting out to climb it as the sole target of an expedition.

Incidentally, does anyone know who Thunacar was, or what it is or means? Put that word into Google and all you get are references to this fell. It looks and sounds like an old Norse word but beyond that I have no idea. If anyone does know the etymology of this name please leave a comment!

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