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Date & start time: Thursday 5th February 2009. start.

Location of Event : Newlands Pass, Cumbria, Uk ( NY 193 176 )

Places visited : Knott Rigg from Newlands Hause, up and back.

Walk details : 2 ml, 750 ft of ascent, 1 hours 30 mins.

Highest point : Knott Rigg 1807 ft ( 556m )

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

Weather : It had cleared but it was still rather grey. The daylight faded fast as a result.

Knott Rigg from the Buttermere side of Newlands Pass


After a busy and rather dull morning weather-wise the prospects were better for a high level late afternoon walk.

Knott Rigg with it's high start would make it ideal place to manage a good walk before the light faded.

Despite the snow and the low temperatures, all the roads are open.

We parked at the top of the pass and started the ascent.

Across the way from where we climbed are the Moss Beck Falls, otherwise known as Moss Force, taking its name from Buttermere Moss above.

The lower falls are partially frozen and look interesting . . .
. . . the more prominent higher falls are similarly icy.

While I took those photos Ann managed to sneak ahead.

We climbed up into the thicker snow.

Behind is the road up from Buttermere.

Harry is very enthusiastic and delighted to play snowballs . . . Please throw him one yourself !

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Time to put the micro-spikes on and continue the climb.

The Herdwick was Lord of this Glen

But he / she looked around when she noticed the dogs and rather spoilt the effect.

The last part of the climb and the snow is thicker on this side where it has drifted over the ridge.

On the slopes of Wandope opposite, the reverse effect where the snow has been blown and only remains in the gullies.

The sun made a brief appearance through a break in the clouds between Red Pike and Starling Dodd.

It didn't last though, and so the afternoon takes on a slightly darker hue.

The summit of Knott Rigg and the sky looks full of snow up there.

Click here or on the photo above for a 380 degree annotated panorama.

We walked a short distance further in order to catch the view down to Keskadale.

In the distance Derwent Water makes an appearance and Clough Head seems well covered in snow.

Just to prove I was on the walk too !

On the way back the dogs are still full of beans.

The last leg is downhill all the way.

Clouds blowing up the Buttermere valley obscure the distant fells

and the fading light sets the photo flash working as Ann enjoys the final walk down through the snow.

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Technical note: Pictures taken with with my Cannon G7 or Ann's Ixus 75 Digital camera.

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

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