Ard Crags and Knott Rigg

Ard Crags

North Western Lake District

Route: Knott Rigg and Ard Crags

Area: North Western Lake District

Date of walk: 16th April 2016

Walkers: Andrew and Gilly

Distance: 5.8 miles

Ascent: 1,700 feet

Weather: cloudy at first, gradually becoming sunnier

We’ve climbed these two fells a few times before, but today’s route was a new one for us as we’ve not previously returned via the path above Sail Beck. We parked at Newlands Hause and thanks to an early start no-one else was around. The hause is about 1,100 feet above sea level and this gave us a big leg up Knott Rigg which stands at 1,790 feet

The climbing starts immediately and the way ahead is obvious throughout. After reaching the top we continued along the ridge to Ard Crags, with ever improving views of Newlands Valley far below

At the summit of Ard Crags we followed a faint path down towards Sail and then joined the delightful path which runs above Sail Beck. Care was needed on a couple of occasions where the recent floods had washed away parts of the path

Eventually Newlands Hause came into view and with it the only two snags to this walk. Firstly we had to ford Sail Beck which we managed to do without incident (although Gilly may disagree with that assessment) and secondly there’s a climb back up to the hause. A climb at the end of a walk is unwelcome but it looked worse than it was, and we agreed that this new route was one we’d happily repeat, as it enables a relatively short circular walk up these two great little fells

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