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Knott Rigg and a frozen Moss Falls
Date & start time: Monday 1st February 2010, 11.50 am start.
Location of Start : Newlands Hause car park, Buttermere, Cumbria, Uk ( NY 193 176 )
Places visited : Moss Force (waterfall) and Knott Rigg.
Walk details : 2.1 mls, 825 ft, 1.20 hrs mins.
Highest point : Knott Rigg, 1824ft ( 556m)
Walked with : Ann and the dogs, Harry and Bethan.
Weather : Overcast with a very cold wind, forecasted to deteriorate into possible snow showers!
We therefore needed a shorter walk today, but at least we had sufficient time to travel a little further up the valley.
So . . . it was up onto the cold fells near Buttermere to check out a local waterfall and the views east from the top.
Our start point at Newlands Hause.
Moss Force (waterfalls) are this side of the road, Knott Rigg is the fell opposite.
Looking behind me I get a view of all three of the Moss Force waterfalls
as the beck cascades off Buttermere Moss and High Snockrigg.
This is the second freeze of the winter and not as cold as the December period,
consequently the stream is still flowing. These falls have been ice-climbed when really frozen . . . but not by me !
Returning to the car for the main part of the walk.
This is the Newlands Valley looking east, down the valley and across to Blencathra.
Ann and I then set off on the climb up Knott Rigg.
Looking west, our view looks down on the Buttermere Valley and the head of Crummock Water.
The North Western Fells
of Whiteless Pike, Wandope and Sail, their tops hidden by cloud.
The hard work of the climb nearly over, there is now a more gentle section along the ridge.
High cloud on Blencathra too as we look down over Derwent Water.
There may be cloud about but the air is clear enough to see across to distant Helvellyn.
However Harry and Bethan are looking at Ann . . . maybe she has a spare dog treat handy ?
That view, with a subtle variety of colour shades, deserved a close look.
From our fell, Knott Rigg, there are four valleys before you reach the snows of Helvellyn and Catstycam.
Oh ! . . . can't you find a bigger cairn for the summit ?
You want me to stand here and look warm ?
The dogs continue on in search of the snow . . .
. . . which they immediately start to eat !
The weather forecast seems to be coming true as bad weather approaches from the north (right to left).
Time to turn round.
I'm wrapped up from the cold too as the snow flurries start and the cloud base lowers.
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Technical note: Pictures taken with either Ann's Canon 75 or my Canon G10 digital camera.
Resized in Photoshop, and built up on a Dreamweaver web builder.
This site best viewed with . . . clear roads to get up Newlands Pass in the first place.
Previous walk - 31st January 2010 The Knock Murton Track
A previous time up here - 8th Sept 2007 Knott Rigg, Ard Crags at sunset
Next walk - 3rd February 2010 Fleetwith and Black Star