Knott Rigg 556m - Ill Crag [Newlands] 546m - Ard Crags 581m - Aikin Knott 473m
|Date||21 March 2014|
|Start||Chapel Bridge - Little Town|
|Alt Start||140 Metres|
|Alt Max||581 Metres|
|Grid Ref||NY 2315 1939|
|Weather||Cloudy with some Sunny Intervals|
|Knott Rigg||Birkett, Dewey, Fellranger, Synge, Wainwright|
|Ill Crag - Newlands||Birkett, Synge|
|Ard Crags||Birkett, Dewey, Fellranger, HuMP, Synge, Wainwright|
The morning started with dark skies and hail storms. I had parked up in Little Town to complete two more of my second round Wainwrights. After getting my walking gear on and found that it was still hailing I decided to stop in the car until the bad weather had passed.
After waiting for almost half an hour the skies started to look a little less menacing. It was still not too bright but at least it was dry. I left the car in the small car park next to Chapel Bridge. Not far from the bridge is the quaint church of Newlands. I thought I would call in on my way back later on. After the church the road slowly rises to a stile which heads over fields to Keskadale Farm.
Once at Keskadale Farm the path rises steeply up the ridge to Knott Rigg. As I left the road and before climbing a stile over a fence I had to listen to several barking dogs that were in their kennels. The ridge route is an undulating one but not too difficult to ascend. The views back down into the Newlands Valley were lovely. The views towards Robinson were not so good as the fell tops were still in cloud.
I eventually arrived at Knott Rigg where the wind was quite strong but the sun was starting to appear. From this point onward the weather just got better. In fact the views from Ill Crag over to Ard Crags were great.
It had been a long since I was last on this ridge but it was great to return again. There were only three other walkers on the ridge today. From Ard Crags the views down into Newlands and beyond are fantastic. The descent from Ard Crags is quite a steep one down across Aikin Knott. I think I must have missed a path somewhere because I ended up back down at the road near Gillbrow (which took me over farmland). However from Gillbrow it was an easy return route to Chapel Bridge at Little Town.
Before getting back to the car I decided to call in to Newlands Church. It was well worth the visit.
Route - Chapel Bridge [Little Town] - Newlands Church - Keskadale Farm - Knott Rigg - Ill Crag [Newlands] - Ard Crags - Aikin Knott - Gillbrow - Newlands Church - Chapel Bridge [Little Town]
Photos of the walk can be seen below ...
PICASA WEB ALBUMS Link To Knott Rigg And Ard Crags From Little Town ...
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