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Knott just the Uldale Fells

PostPosted: Fri Sep 20, 2013 9:08 pm
by johnkaysleftleg
In order to keep up the momentum of our bagging weekend we headed back to the Lakes to mop up the Uldale fells in the far north of the park. I had plotted out a route that took in six fells from Longlands, one of the few places you can park in this neck of the woods. Given the great forecast and the quiet reputation of these fells we hadn't particularly rushed over the A66 and got a bit of a nasty shock to find the limited parking very close to used up. Fortunately I was able to squeeze off the road and we set off on my slightly inelegant hummingbird :shock: shaped route (see below).


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There was a lovely chill in the air as we set off but it wasn't long before we warmed up on our way up Longlands Fell. The cool air was providing superb visibility with not only Criffel but the higher hills of Galloway behind clearly visible.
Longlands Fell quickly came and went along with the Birkett top of Lowthwaite Fell before we contoured round towards Brae Fell.

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Setting out by johnkaysleftleg, on Flickr

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Binsey by johnkaysleftleg, on Flickr

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First of the Day by johnkaysleftleg, on Flickr

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Lowthwaite and Longlands Fells by johnkaysleftleg, on Flickr

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Brae Fell by johnkaysleftleg, on Flickr

The views from here were fairly similar to Longlands, if slightly more extensive to the East so onwards we went to our lunch date on Little Sca Fell. This is a nice top with an unusual sunken summit shelter and it made a fine place for our repast. As is often the case this minor top is clearly superior to the main top of Great Sca Fell which is flat boggy and fairly dreary.

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Great Sca Fell by johnkaysleftleg, on Flickr

Much the same could be said of the trudge up Knott, the high point of our walk. I’d be lying if a few thoughts along the lines of “why am I doing this?” didn't cross my mind on the way up. The reward for the trudge was a magnificent summit view that lacked in depth but little else. The visibility was superb with views to the north stretching around 70 miles with distant hills like the Cheviot clearly visible. To the South the views denied us so far opened up with the skyline of the Eskdale round standing out very clearly. We lingered awhile taking it all in before heading back to the shallow col and then steeply down the open grassy fell side towards Meal Fell.

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Trudging up Knott by johnkaysleftleg, on Flickr

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Blencathra from Knott by johnkaysleftleg, on Flickr

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The Scafells beyond Great Calva by johnkaysleftleg, on Flickr

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Grace and Hughie on Knott by johnkaysleftleg, on Flickr

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High Pike by johnkaysleftleg, on Flickr

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Fell Side Textures by johnkaysleftleg, on Flickr

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Looking towards Meal Fell by johnkaysleftleg, on Flickr

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Uldale Fells by johnkaysleftleg, on Flickr

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Meal Fell has a fine summit shelter giving it the sense of being a little fort in the middle of the hills and we enjoyed a bit more fuel and a bit of a sit down. The final fell of the round, the intriguingly named Great Cockup, looks very close from here but there’s a fair drop down to the pass of Trusmadoor before an initially steep ascent.

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Family shot on Meal Fell by johnkaysleftleg, on Flickr

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Trusmadoor by johnkaysleftleg, on Flickr

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Trusmadoor from the ascent of Great Cockup by johnkaysleftleg, on Flickr

It was while we were crossing Trusmadoor when I made the innocent comment of it looking like a great place for a wild camp that set Graces imagination running riot. Needless to say we are now checking out reviews of lightweight tents, sleeping bags etc with dreams of a summit camp on Sgurr Na Stri or such like. My daughter isn't easily dissuaded once she gets something in her head so I’d say sooner or later it will happen. :lol:
The main feature of Great Cockup is its view of Skiddaw behind the impressive Dead Crags of Bakerstall, otherwise its a bit nondescript and we soon headed down the open fell side before making our way along a lovely path above Longlands Beck.

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Back O'Skiddaw by johnkaysleftleg, on Flickr

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Grace and Hughie on Great Cockup by johnkaysleftleg, on Flickr

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Heading down from Great Cockup by johnkaysleftleg, on Flickr

Many might consider these fells a bit boring but for me there is far more drama and interest in this landscape than is obvious upon initial viewing. The Uldale fells are like walking in another area altogether as they are so different too much of the Lakes, I for one could spend many a happy day wandering around this part of the world and I suspect I will do just that in the coming years.

Re: Knott just the Uldale Fells

PostPosted: Sun Sep 29, 2013 9:21 pm
by colgregg
I did this walk today (minus Knott). I likened them to the howgills and certainly not boring. Thanks for the inspiration!!
Tagged on Binsey and the Latrigg by the Easy route from the car park at it's North side. With no O.S. map ( my lakes maps don't go that far North) I quickly printed a section off from H.W. I should have paid more attention to your trip report as I nearly missed Brae Fell as I'd headed for Little Sca Fell directly from Lowthwaite Fell. Fortunately for the first time ever I took a Wainwright Book with me to compensate for the lack of mapping and did a there and back from Little Sca Fell.

Re: Knott just the Uldale Fells

PostPosted: Mon Sep 30, 2013 12:38 pm
by johnkaysleftleg
colgregg wrote:I did this walk today (minus Knott). I likened them to the howgills and certainly not boring. Thanks for the inspiration!!
Tagged on Binsey and the Latrigg by the Easy route from the car park at it's North side. With no O.S. map ( my lakes maps don't go that far North) I quickly printed a section off from H.W. I should have paid more attention to your trip report as I nearly missed Brae Fell as I'd headed for Little Sca Fell directly from Lowthwaite Fell. Fortunately for the first time ever I took a Wainwright Book with me to compensate for the lack of mapping and did a there and back from Little Sca Fell.


You're welcome Col, I often taken AWs books just to have a little look at while I'm eating, seldom use them for navigation.

Re: Knott just the Uldale Fells

PostPosted: Fri Oct 18, 2013 11:05 am
by walsh581
We did exactly the same route just 4 days earlier. I agree with you, it is a lovely unspoiled area and we thoroughly enjoyed the openness and solitude - we saw one chap on Meal Fell and that was it. Like you, we took some lovely pictures.

Dave

Re: Knott just the Uldale Fells

PostPosted: Fri Oct 18, 2013 11:36 pm
by johnkaysleftleg
walsh581 wrote:We did exactly the same route just 4 days earlier. I agree with you, it is a lovely unspoiled area and we thoroughly enjoyed the openness and solitude - we saw one chap on Meal Fell and that was it. Like you, we took some lovely pictures.

Dave


Thanks Dave, lets not shout too loudly about just how lovely this part of the world is, wouldn't want it to get too popular :wink:

Re: Knott just the Uldale Fells

PostPosted: Sun Oct 20, 2013 11:15 am
by walsh581
johnkaysleftleg wrote:
walsh581 wrote:We did exactly the same route just 4 days earlier. I agree with you, it is a lovely unspoiled area and we thoroughly enjoyed the openness and solitude - we saw one chap on Meal Fell and that was it. Like you, we took some lovely pictures.

Dave


Thanks Dave, lets not shout too loudly about just how lovely this part of the world is, wouldn't want it to get too popular :wink:


I agree John!! We have now completed the Northern Fells and I have to admit I was sad to do so. We will definitely be back to repeat some of our favourites.

Re: Knott just the Uldale Fells

PostPosted: Thu Oct 24, 2013 5:59 pm
by clivegrif
Another beauty there JKLL!

Yet another group of Lakeland hills I haven't done yet, but they do look good.

Once again a lovely set of pictures that capture the area wonderfully.

Re: Knott just the Uldale Fells

PostPosted: Thu Oct 24, 2013 8:04 pm
by johnkaysleftleg
clivegrif wrote:Another beauty there JKLL!

Yet another group of Lakeland hills I haven't done yet, but they do look good.

Once again a lovely set of pictures that capture the area wonderfully.


Thanks Clive, you have plenty to look forward to once you finish the Welsh Hewitts.

Re: Knott just the Uldale Fells

PostPosted: Fri Oct 25, 2013 7:46 am
by foggieclimber
Useful report thanks. Think I'll do this route in 2-3 weeks time when I'm down in the Lakes.
Good luck with wild camping at the summit of Sgurr na Stri - fantastic viewpoint.

Re: Knott just the Uldale Fells

PostPosted: Fri Oct 25, 2013 11:11 am
by johnkaysleftleg
foggieclimber wrote:Useful report thanks. Think I'll do this route in 2-3 weeks time when I'm down in the Lakes.
Good luck with wild camping at the summit of Sgurr na Stri - fantastic viewpoint.


Cheers Foggie, it's a lovely little corner of the lakes. Wild camping is on hold for the moment but we are off to sky next May so fingers crossed it all comes together.

Re: Knott just the Uldale Fells

PostPosted: Sat Oct 26, 2013 3:57 pm
by L-Hiking
Hi Anthony

A great part of the Lake District and i did the same route minus Knott earlier in the year with my son.. I think they are special hills and far from boring, the silence and the solitude up here is wonderful.

Re: Knott just the Uldale Fells

PostPosted: Sat Nov 02, 2013 7:26 pm
by johnkaysleftleg
L-Hiking wrote:Hi Anthony

A great part of the Lake District and i did the same route minus Knott earlier in the year with my son.. I think they are special hills and far from boring, the silence and the solitude up here is wonderful.


Alright mate, certainly on my re-do list once I complete.

Re: Knott just the Uldale Fells

PostPosted: Mon Nov 04, 2013 7:52 pm
by simon-b
I agree with the general enthusiasm shown on this thread for this part of Lakeland; it makes a nice change from the more celebrated parts of the district. If parking space is taken up at Longlands, there's a little car park I've sometimes used near Over Water. Go about 1km south-west from where you parked and turn right, and the car park's on the r.h.s. near the bridge over the stream.

Re: Knott just the Uldale Fells

PostPosted: Mon Nov 04, 2013 8:32 pm
by johnkaysleftleg
simon-b wrote:I agree with the general enthusiasm shown on this thread for this part of Lakeland; it makes a nice change from the more celebrated parts of the district. If parking space is taken up at Longlands, there's a little car park I've sometimes used near Over Water. Go about 1km south-west from where you parked and turn right, and the car park's on the r.h.s. near the bridge over the stream.


That's good to know Simon, we came very close to a change of plan on this day which would have been a great shame.

Re: Knott just the Uldale Fells

PostPosted: Sun Nov 10, 2013 10:53 am
by richardkchapman
Having set myself the target of completing all the Wainwrights before my 60th birthday, the Northern Fells were the ones I was least looking forward to... but reports like this are making me start to revise that view!

Great report, and lovely photos. Especially liked the black and white one.