1.THE KNOTT from the foot of CORNEY FELL ROAD



Date - 25th January 2009 Distance - 7.5 miles
Map - OL6 Start point - 1. Gateway foot Corney Fell road (SD 115945) 2. Muncaster Castle car park (SD 097966)


Summits Achieved

Name Height (ft) Height (m) Grid Ref
The Knott 1086 383 SD 1431 9517
Hooker Crag on Muncaster Fell 757 415 SD 1120 9832


The Walk

It was quite a long drive to the start point so we had to be up early and off soon after 08.00. It was a route we know well as we have done many walks in this direction. After passing the village of Broughton in Furness we came to Duddon Bridge where the road crosses the River Duddon. Quite often we turn off just before the bridge, but today we crossed and soon turned to go up the Corney Fell road, or so we thought. Dad however noted that there was a sign below the name saying "road closed". Our hearts sank as we remembered recently being prevented from walking by the road near Grasmere being closed. The fell road is very high and was today probably closed due to snow. All was not lost as instead Dad used the main road and while rather a roundabout route still got us to the start in good time.

He got ready quickly and we jumped in the rucksack and settled down as he started off. We walked along the road for a short distance then right along a good track by a farm that led on to Stainton Farm, where we used the ladderstile and bridge to cross the rushing beck.

Dad then continued by the wall on the left, but after about a 100 yards realised that he was going in the wrong direction. Before turning back he stopped to take this shot looking to the fells.

In the centre front is The Knott flanked either side by White Pike and the pointed top of Yoadcastle. Our objective today was The Knott. We had climbed the others a few years ago.

The farmer was in the yard and he pointed out the stile on the footpath, but then suggested that it would be much easier to just walk along the farm track, and that he was quite happy for Dad to do this. So off we went and made good progress to the gate in the wall. Then the terrain beyond was rough tussocky moor and it was rather harder going but steadily plodding on Dad finally reached the summit. He was just about to get us out for our obligatory photograph, when the wind suddenly got up and the hail came down. He looked towards where the weather was coming from and could see that the sky was leaden and out to sea it was as black as we had ever seen it. Instead of jumping out he made us snuggle down and covered us over so that we would not get wet. Dad was not so lucky. There was not any shelter so all he could do was huddle down as best as possible by the rocks and wait the storm out. It took nearly and hour to pass, but pass it did and we were then able to have our photo taken. You will see that Tetley has a stone in front of him. This was to stop him falling off, as it was still very windy.

We felt ever so sorry for Dad as he was absolutely soaked. The water was literally dripping off his coat and he could wring the water out of his gloves. We are glad to say that the weather was to improve significantly and he did completely dry out. The plan now was to climb Stainton Pike seen here from The Knott.

Dad descended and headed for a ravine that had to be crossed to reach the snowbound areas. The rough ground was wet and Dad used the grassy tussocks to make progress, but then ahead he could see that the water was lying on the surface and running across the ground. It was impossible to get through this without sinking and so sensibly he decided to leave climbing this for another day. We returned now via our ascent route. In one field was a large number of black-faced sheep who were inquisitive and so Dad snapped a few shots one of which is below. Yes we know more sheep, but a change from the Herdwicks. These do have quite nice faces but are not a smiley as the Herdwicks.

Dad had planned that if there were time after this part of the walk he would climb Muncaster Fell. The abandonment of Stainton Pike meant this was so and he drove us the few miles to Muncaster Castle car park. The castle was closed, but is an interesting place to visit and there is a World Owl Centre there too - www.muncaster.co.uk. A short walk along the road brought us to the track called Fell Lane. This climbed steadily the gradient not letting up for a while. Once clear of the woods we saw the top of the fell ahead with its trig point, and a little further climbing brought us to the summit. It was still a bit windy but we hung in to have our photo taken sitting on top of the trig point.

Here is a more general shot of the summit. The mountain immediately to the right of the trig point is Harter Fell and the snow covered ones to the left are the Crinkle Crags.

The view all round was wonderful, even taking into account Sellafield. We strained our eyes but are sad to say that it was not however clear enough to see the Isle of Man. Reluctantly we had to leave and Dad descended carefully. Reversing our outward route again we passed Muncaster Tarn. What a contrast in the weather to that of a few hours earlier. We are proud to say that Dad got this photograph shown by Dianne Oxberry during the weather forecast on NW Tonight that evening.

We were soon now at the car but not before Dad took this of White Pike, The Knott and Stainton Pike where we had been earlier. It looks so benign now.

Well it had been quite and exciting day and a walk of contrasts in many ways. We were the lucky ones as we settled on the back seat of the car to have our sandwiches and cake, while Dad had that long 65 miles drive home. We certainly have the very best Dad in the world!!


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