Ard Crags and Knott Rigg on a blue sky day.

Name of walk Ard Crags and Knott Rigg on a blue sky day.
Date of walk 2017-03-06
Distance walked (miles) 5
Duration of walk 3 hours 0 minutes
Weather Blue skies and sunshine
Peaks on walk KNott Rigg and Ard Crags
Walked with Ged and blind Kas
Parking Newlands Hause

Over the half term holidays Roger Hiley had been on a snow covered Ard Crags where he took some excellent photos. (http://www.loweswatercam.co.uk/170224_Knott_Rigg_Ard_Crags.htm) We were hoping against hope that the snow had not totally melted over the space of a week, but it had, bugger! By compensation we had beautiful blues skies and the weather was warm in the sunshine. We parked in the spaces at the top of Newlands Hause.

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The route up towards Knott Rigg. It is steep, but grassy.

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View down the Newlands Pass. Crummock Water just showing, and Red PIke on the left.

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Looking back to our parking spot at the top of Newlands Hause, with Moss Force Waterfall on the left and high Snockrigg.

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Kas leads the way.

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Looking left to Whiteless Pike.

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Now we have gained some height we can see over to all the Red Pike range.

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View down the Newlands Pass towards Keswick.

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The climb up to Knott Rigg consists of lots of little peaks.

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As does the way forward!

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Looking right to Robinson.

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On the Knott Rigg Plateau. The summit is ahead on the left. Ard Crags is over to the right with Causey Pike peaking over the top. Sail and Scar Crags are the dark fells left and middle.

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Knott Rigg summit.

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We continue on towards Ard Crags.

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Blencathra and Derwent Water.

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I always forget the big drop before you get to Ard Crags.

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Wandope, Sail and Scar Crags.

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Looking down on Keskadale Farm.

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Kas on Ard Crag summit with Causey Pike on the left.

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We continue on along the ridge.

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The view from the end of the ridge before it descends down to Rigg Beck.

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Looking over to the Helvellyn range still covered in snow.

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Looking over Rowling End to Keswick and Blencathra.

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Catstycam, Helvellyn Lower Man and Helvellyn, with the Brown Cove Crags route up visible.

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We now turn around and retrace our steps back along the ridge.

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Superb views over to Maiden Moor, Dale Head and Hindscarth and the Blea Crag route up to Robinson.

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Off to the left is the Keskadale ridge.

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A two photo view of the view east.

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Woolly Bear caterpillar.

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We head back down to Newlands Hause.

The walk to the end of the ridge and back was under five miles and took us just over three hours. The start of the walk is steep but it is still an easy walk on grass. The views are well worth the effort.

Jo.

 

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