- The ridge of Knott Rigg / Ard Crags -

Date & Time: Saturday 8th Sept 2007. 6 pm start.

Location of Start : Newlands Hause, Cumbria, Uk. ( NY 193 177 )

Places visited : Newlands Hause, Knott Rigg, Ard Crags and return.

Walk details : 3.3 mls, 1150 ft of ascent , 1 hrs 55 mins.

Highest point : Ard Crags 1906 ft ( 581m )

Walked with : Ann and the dogs, Harry and Bethan.

Weather : A sunny evening with the prospect of a nice sunset ?


Steep Hill - you're right it is ... the Newlands Hause road sign


An evening walk after a busy day - after all, even though we live here, the essentials of life still have to be organised !

We chose the extended ridge of Knott Rigg at the head of Sail Beck.

This was the view from the road up Newlands Pass from Buttermere.

Leaving the car we start our climb further up that steep hill.

On the opposite side,

and behind us as we climb,

Moss Beck

cascade off the Buttermere Moss area

of High Snockrigg


before joining Keskadale Beck,

Newlands Beck and finally the River Derwent

flowing into Bassenthwaite Lake.

Evening sunshine as we near the flatter top of the fell.

Sail Fell is the backdrop to these two, who climbed the fell ahead of us - again !

Strong sunlight on Cross Fell in the Pennines, but now we are walking in the shadow of ever increasing high cloud.

Catstycam and Helvellyn are still enjoying the evening sun however.

I particularly enjoyed the variation in colour of each successive ridge as we looked across.

The Knott Rigg - Ard Crags ridge, situated between the high peaks of Sail on one side and Robinson on the other is quite an undulating ridge . . .

but once the first climb is achieved, it is easy walking with fine views all the way.

Our evening walk took us along the heather clad ridge to the small cairn at the end of Ard Crags.

The evening cloud was just starting to drop onto Blencathra summit but Causey Pike, like ourselves, was never in danger of being engulfed.

An aerial view of Keskadale Farm on the Newlands Valley road.

From Ard Crags we turned and headed back along the ridge

the dogs leading the way as ever.

The high cloud has gradually moved south and now only Fairfield and Seat Sandal are holding onto the evening sun.

Starling Dodd and Great Borne are well placed to catch the evening sunset

if the sun does manages to break through that gap underneath the cloud.


By the time we reached Knott Rigg again the red glow in the sky had reached it's maximum

but unfortunately it faded without giving us a proper evening sunset.

Still it's been a good walk.


Ann takes the lead this time as the dogs hang back on their rocky outcrop

waiting for me to take the previous couple of photos.

Not far back to the car now.

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Technical note: Pictures taken with a Canon Ixus Digital camera.

Resized in Photoshop, and built up on a Dreamweaver web builder.

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