Walk : Knott Rigg and Ard Crags

Date : 21st September 2011

Weather : Threatening, low cloud and windy

Route Details : Newlands Hause car park, Knott Rigg, Ard Crags and return

Distance : 4 mile round trip

 

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Overview

I had intended this day to be an assault on Haystacks, but with very dark, swirling low cloud and strong wind it was obvious that

this was not a good idea. I decided to abandon the walk and head back to the apartment via Keswick. I had set off in the car from

Buttermere on the road heading towards Newlands Hause initially then Keswick. As I approached the car park at the Hause there

were quite a few people making their way up the generous grassy lower slopes of Knott Rigg. There was a glimmer of sunshine and I

thought, why not, so off I set after parking up

 

 

From the car park the ridge walk to the summit is very clearly defined

 

 

As I gain height looking back towards Buttermere and the ensuing gloom

 

 

Having passed Knott Rigg summit the winds started to really pick up. The ridge itself is not all that wide and care was needed. Here looking

back towards the summit

 

 

Looking back across the Keswick road towards High Hole Beck in full flow

 

 

At the summit of Ard Crags looking towards Causey Pike shrouded in low cloud that was threatening to come in my direction. At this point

the journey back to the car park was the sensible option

 

 

 

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