A WALK IN THE ULDALE FELLS to KNOTT

Grizzly completes the Wainwright Fells


Summary

Date - 24th June 2009 Distance - 9 miles
Ascent - 2290ft
Map - OL4 Start point - Green Head (NY 286371)

 

Summits Achieved

Name Height (ft) Height (m) Grid Ref
Brae Fell 1923 586 NY 2887 3516
Little Sca Fell 2083 635 NY 2895 3421
Great Sca Fell 2135 651 NY 2913 3389
Knott 2329 710 NY 2961 3298
Burn Tod 1952 595 NY 2827 3286
Frozen Fell 2050 625 NY 2873 3323

 

Preface

Allen rushed in breathlessly calling out, "Grizzly, Grizzly, I've got something important to tell you."

"All right" he replied, "but just sit and catch your breath first".

He did, and after we had all gathered round, continued.

"Dad, has just been speaking to Uncle Eric, and we are walking tomorrow, but it is where we are going that will please you in particular Grizzly. It's to the Uldale Fells taking in Brae Fell and Knott."

"Oh, I've waited ages to do this walk, cried Grizzly. "It means I will finally complete the Wainwrights, so joining Dad, Shaun and Tetley."

"Yes", chimed in Shaun. "It will be a cause for celebration, so roll on tomorrow."

 

The Walk

Dad drove us to Uncle Eric's, then we went on in his car. As we passed the Keswick turn-off on the M6, we began to wonder where we were going, but Dad explained it would be an easier route. Left at the next junction on to the road towards Wigton. After a while turned off this to pass though the very pretty villages of Hesket Newmarket and Caldbeck.

"It's been years since I came this way", Dad remarked to Uncle Eric. "I will have to bring Brian. He will enjoy it."

He did too, just a week later, and you can find out all about it in Archie & Cheviot's story.

Further on we came to Caldbeck Common, and soon took a narrow road left, that led to Green Head. Here we parked on a wide verge by a junction (there is nowhere to park a car beyond this). It was a perfect and warm summer day with just a few clouds, so we were thankful for the cooling wind. As Dad got ready, we made ourselves comfortable in his rucksack. As you can imagine Grizzly was eager to be off.

The narrow road climbed slightly passing a house called Holborn. Now as a track the way continued almost to the ford of Charleton Wath. The fellside rearing up to our left, was Brae Fell, our first climb today. A path in a groove climbed steadily up the slopes but we got a little too far to the right.

"What's that over there", enquired Little Eric.

"Binsey", replied Tetley, knowingly. "We nicknamed it Wheelie", he continued.

Allen piped up, " it is one of my outstanding Wainwrights."

"Yes, I know", replied Dad. "We will be climbing it with Uncle Eric, so you and Little Eric will be able to tick it off."

We had reached a brow, but Uncle Eric was a little way behind, as he cannot go quite as quickly as Dad, so we waited for him. Here the view had opened out to the high fells, which made a good picture.

The dark foreboding crags are Dead Crags rising to Bakestall (2208ft), then to the highest point Skiddaw (3053ft), and then beyond Skiddaw Little Man (2837ft).

A clear track now led all the way to the summit. Uncle Eric, Allen, Little Eric and of course Grizzly bagged it. As we all jumped out and climbed up onto the large cairn, Shaun called out "get the camera out Dad."

We paused a while to take in the fine views all around, and thought how lucky we are to go to such wonderful places. A clear track led down and then on to the cairn on Little Sca Fell, and a further short walk to Great Sca Fell's summit. We had all been to these tops before, but Dad did kindly take our pictures again for the record. Apart from the boggy ground and peat hags in the depression, it was a simple walk of three-quarters of a mile and 250ft of ascent to the summit cairn on Knott. Again Uncle Eric, Allen & Little Eric bagged this. Grizzly did too, and for him it was cause for celebration, being his 214th and last Wainwright summit. We called out "well done", and gave him a hug! Of course we had our picture taken, but more importantly Dad took Grizzly's photo on his own with the book open at the page for Knott. It had taken him just about a week under 5 years to complete them.

We now had to impose on the good will of Uncle Eric, diverting to climb two Birkett tops, that were outstanding The first was Burn Tod. From Knott we walked in a westerly direction, descending on a path, before tramping over rough moor to its summit marked by a single quartz stone. Tetley found this was nice and convenient to lean against for the picture.

Contouring back along the fell, but below the summit plateau, we found a convenient place to have a late lunch, with a great view down to Trusmadoor.

As we were munching our sandwiches, Little Eric said to Dad, "that will make a good photograph."

The fell rising to the left of the gap is Great Cockup with the small lake of Overwater behind, and the fell rising to the right is Meal Fell. We had climbed these on our last expedition here with Uncle Eric.

A narrow path now led us along the side of the fell. Then going left we contoured over rough ground to the undistinguished flat and unmarked top of Frozen Fell. This was the last new summit of the day. This and Burn Tod were two more Birketts ticked off, and all the tops done in this area too. Climbing east we then regained the path between Knott and Great Sca Fell. This was followed over Great & Little Sca Fells, so effectively we did these two tops twice! Below Little Sca Fell we took a path left towards Lowthwaite Fell. Last time we climbed this, but today we kept low, following a path until it turned away left. Here we descended to the path above the gill. This led down eventually to Charleton Wath. Crossed the ford and retraced our outward route along the track and road to the car.

An excellent walk! Grizzly was over the moon to have completed all the 214 Wainwright tops, and could not wait to get home to tell all his pals.

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