Blawith Knott and Tottlebank Heights

Name of walk Blawith Knott and Tottlebank Heights
Date of walk 2018-10-06
Distance walked (miles) 3
Duration of walk 1 hours 50 minutes
Weather Blue skies and sunshine
Peaks on walk Blawith Knott and Tottlebank Heights
Walked with On own
Parking Roadside spaces.

Today was a rare blue sky day so I headed for Grizebeck and the A5092, turning off on the road sign-posted to Woodland, between Beanthwaite and Gawthwaite. It is a long, narrow, single track road. There is a parking spot directly opposite the Giant’s Grave, but I parked further up the hill, where there is room for several cars. It gives a great view of the walk ahead. It was a sensible decision, as the other parking spot had been taken. Google earth is always useful to search out parking places, and to familiarise yourself with landmarks.

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View of Blawith Knott from my parking spot. You can see the grassy route up. It is a solo walk today as Brendan is in Ireland and Ged is in Madeira. The words 'cats', 'mice' and 'play' spring to mind!

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I walk down the hill to the Giant's Grave, the route up is just beside it.

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Not easy to miss it!

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The girls seem all on edge. I can hear dogs in the distance, and a horn. Now either there are a lot of dog walkers about and a cornet player is having great difficulty centering his G, or a Hound Pack is on a scent trail!

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View over to the Duddon and Blackcombe.

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Looking back to the road and where I parked my car.

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Coniston Hills.

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The first cairn with Scafell Pike in the distance.

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The Duddon Estuary and the wind farm.

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Another of Blackcombe.

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The second cairn on Blawith Knott.

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Both cairns together, they are very near.

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Some hounds on the summit, sniffing for their route.

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They take no notice of me, sheep etc. They are totally focused on their task.

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Close up of Angus Tarn, my next destination. Named after Sean McMahon's late Bearded Collie.

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Beacon Fell.

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My route ahead. Tottlebank Heights is on the right. There is a good, grassy path to follow.

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Another hound arrives, hears the horn, and heads off in the right direction.

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Dow Crag and Coniston Old Man.

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I arrive at Angus Tarn and sit on a rock, I am quickly joined by a darter dragonfly.

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Angus Tarn.

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And again from the route towards Tottlebank Heights.

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The cairn can be seen on the top.

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The sheep are still peering around corners, wary of stray hounds.

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Some really good views to the Coniston Hills today.

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The summit cairn on Tottlebank Heights. Coniston Water just peeking out on the right.

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A bit of Coniston Water in close up.

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Beacon Fell.

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A couple more shots of the Duddon Estuary.

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Morecambe Bay.

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Kirkby Moor wind turbines.

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I head down towards the farm. There is no path here, but it is easy enough now that the bracken is dying.

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Tottlebank.

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This track leads all the way back to the road.

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Back on the road looking back at Blawith Knott.

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View back as I head up the hill to my car.

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Not a cloud in the sky!

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The small tarn next to the parking area.

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Burney, the next Outlying Fell on my radar. I stopped on the drive back to suss out the route and parking space.

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I drove home via Ulverston and the Coast Road. Morecambe Bay.

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View to Piel Island and its castle.

An excellent walk! Really easy for navigation and with some great views. The walk was 2.8 miles and took under two hours. I saw no other people. If you walk back a bit from the summit of Tottlebank Heights you should be able to find a better way down to the track than I did.

Jo.

 

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