Knipe Scar

Knipe Scar, looking along the ridge

Summit: Just one, Knipe Scar at 1118’ above sea level.

Volume: Book 8 (The Outlying Fells).

Date bagged: First visit: 15th October 2014 (walk 88). Second visit: 31st October 2017 (walk 137).

Bagged as numberFirst round: 273 of 330.  [ << Green Quarter Fell (271-2) (274-280) Naddle Horseshoe >> ]

Knipescar Common

Knipescar Common, from the road north of Bampton

Second round: 122 of 330. [ << Whiteless Pike (121)  (123) Heughscar Hill >> ]

Route of ascent and descent: First visit: Came onto the Common from the north, via High Knipe, having walked there from Penrith (about 8 miles). Descended to Scarside, as described in the book, and walked on to Shap.

Second visit: Ascended from Scarside. Came down the face of the fell, straight down to Bampton Grange. This is a practical descent as long as you bear left (south) to avoid the lines of gorse bushes that are very evident on the picture above, but in summer this will be impractical as it will be choked with bracken.

Knipescar Common summit

The ‘ring’ OS trig point on the summit of Knipescar Common. Note the Blencathra range just visible on the horizon.

What Mr Wainwright says (from p. 220 of volume 8): “The band of limestone along the eastern fringe of Lakeland influences the landscape at several places and is immediately recognisable on sight. Such a place is Knipe Scar, a lofty escarpment bordering the Lowther Castle parkland estates and overlooking the valley…. The mile-long green terrace along the rim of the Scar is a most delightful ramble.”

What I say: On both visits I did enjoy the approach to, and the walk along the top of, Knipe Scar. The views toward Mardale and Loadpot Hill are good. But it did take quite a while to get there, a fact that is going to become all the more cogent when the Shap bus gets cut  (end of October 2014). However, walk 137 remains a practical journey on days when that bus still runs (currently Tuesdays, Thursdays and Fridays).

Knipescar Common is also one of the most isolated Wainwrights, vying with Faulds Brow for the runner-up spot in this particular league, behind Humphrey Head. It’s about two miles to the nearest other Wainwright summit, which is Scalebarrow Knott in the Naddle Horseshoe chapter.

[ << Kirk Fell     Knott >> ]

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2 Responses to “Knipescar Common”

  1. […] 14 miles or so — but very flat, walk 88 saw me go from Penrith to Shap, via the summit of Knipescar Common, an outlying fell even amongst the outliers, which becomes number 273 of the full list of 330: I […]

  2. […] Joe to the east side of the Lake District for walk 137, which bagged two Outlying Fells, namely Knipescar Common and Heughscar Hill. Both are gentle green rises and no one is going to consider this walk a […]

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