Knott Rigg, Ard Crags and a Circuit of Buttermere

Name of walk Knott Rigg, Ard Crags and a Circuit of Buttermere
Date of walk 2009-08-13

Today Tom and I went to Newlands Hause to climb up Knott Rigg (1790ft) and Ard Crags (1860ft). A there and back walk of 4 miles. We set off from home at 8am and were first at Newlands with a choice of parking! The weather was excellent!

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Tom on the way up to Knott Rigg.

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Looking over to Whiteless Pike and the edge of Wandope.

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The view out to Derwent Water. Catbells in the mid-ground.

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Looking down to the edge of Crummock Water. Red Pike still in cloud.

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Summit of Knott Rigg, looking towards Ard Crags. Tuesday`s walk of Causey Pike, Scar Crags and the climb up to Sail on the left.

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Ard Crags. The heather looks good.

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Looking over at a mist-free Eel Crag on the left and Sail on the right.

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Tom approaching the tiny summit cairn, Causey Pike to his left.

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Looking out to Blencathra in the distance.

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Looking back with Red Pike now out of the clouds.

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Robinson with Dale Head to the left.

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We had reached the summit of Ard Crags by 11am and sat and admired the 360 degree view. We decided to take a long and early lunch.

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Walking back towards Knott Rigg.

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Across from where we parked the car was Moss Force, so we took a closer look.

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Looking back from Moss Force down Newlands Hause.

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For the afternoon we decided to take a walk around Buttermere. We parked near Gatesgarth. Looking across to Fleetwith Pike and Haystacks.

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The Tunnel.

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This horse was very friendly.

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We stopped at the far end of the lake for an ice cream and then a drink in the Fish Hotel before continuing around the far side of the lake.

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The imposing Fleetwith Pike.

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Looking back up the Lake.

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...and in the other direction towards Haystacks.

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High Stile and Red Pike.

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The walk around the lake is just under 5 miles and very easy. We went back via the Honister Pass and visited the Honister Slate Mine. View down the Pass.

Traffic was bad on the way home with queues for Ambleside starting before Rydal. The Rydal Sheepdog Trials were also adding to the tail-backs.
Nevertheless, another good day, and no sign of rain so it made a change! We got home about 6.30pm.
Jo.
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