KNOWE FELL & BLACK HILL from MALHAM TARN

 


Summary

Date - 28th June 2009 Distance - 11.25 miles
Ascent - 1450ft
Map - OL2 Start point - Car park near Malham Tarn (SD 894658)

 

Summits Achieved

Name Height (ft) Height (m) Grid Ref
Knowe Fell 1945 593 SD 8663 6855
Black Hill 1535 468 SD 8660 6620

 

Preface

Shaun came trotting in, and said, "do you remember that Dad found another summit in Yorkshire that we have not climbed"

"Yes", replied Allen. "I think it's called Knowe Fell".

" Well", said Shaun, "I have just heard Dad talking to Uncle Bob, and they have agreed to do that hill this Sunday."

"That's great", piped up Tetley, "it is ages since we walked with Uncle Bob, with him being so busy with work."

 

The Walk

We took the now familiar route to Settle, then via Langcliffe and over the narrow roads to the car park near Malham Tarn, where we met Uncle Bob. It was to be a dry rather warm day with some sun and a nice breeze that took the edge off the heat. Immediately as we set off there were a number of cows and calves, who were quite unconcerned about the humans. We think this one was telling us something!

We had in fact done the first part of the walk previously, when we had climbed to Fountains Fell & then Darnbrook Fell in May 2007, and indeed it would be to the same ridge that we were to climb today, but then we would head in the opposite direction.

We joined the Pennine Way and headed along the track towards the far side of the tarn. Dad kindly opened the gate for Uncle Bob.

photograph courtesy of Bob Woolley (Uncle Bob)

The track then continued, coming beside the tarn and then heading into the trees.

It was very pleasant walking under the trees, soon passing the Field Study Centre, then on along the Pennine Way, passing Water Houses, Great Hill and Freer Hood. Dad snapped these two black faced lambs sitting companionably together.

At a step stile we crossed a wall, then continued over pasture to reach a narrow road. Here Uncle Bob poses on the stile.

Still on the Pennine Way, we now walked along the track to Tennant Gill Farm, then climbed to pass below Little Fell. At this point the Pennine Way path turned sharp right, but we struck off ahead on a narrow path that climbs steeply by the wall, to the ridge. Last time we went on to Fountains Fell, but today we turned south along the ridge over ground we had not walked before. The ridge is wide and has a clear track that was for the most part quite dry. A pleasant change compared to some of the boggy tracks we have had to walk in other adventures. It descended gently, passing at one point this large patch of cotton grass, waving in the breeze.

Soon now we began to climb gently to the trig point on the summit of Knowe Fell, our main objective today. There were good views of the surrounding hills not least of Pen-y-ghent seen here in the background.

We scrambled out for our picture sitting on the top.

"Well", said Grizzly, "it is about time we put in an appearance!"

Then we all settled down to eat our lunch, and Uncle Bob and Dad took the opportunity to have a nice well deserved rest. Just before we started off again a yellow helicopter came speeding low over the ridge heading in the direction of Horton in Ribblesdale. It was the Air Ambulance, and we wondered what mercy mission it was flying to. Now we walked on down the ridge to eventually reach a bridleway, which we followed right to the road. As we went along we saw and heard the curlews and lapwings. We thought of Uncle Brian as he loves to see and hear these birds. At the road it was right to its brow, then over fields to a wall, that we then followed right to come to a gate and stile. Beyond a flock of sheep were milling about and both Dad and Uncle Bob, could not resist getting their cameras out yet again.

Climbed the stile, and immediately climbed steeply up left, directly to the top of Black Hill. This was our second visit to this summit, and it could not have been a more contrasting day. Then, last March, it had been blowing a full gale, and we had needed the rucksack to act as a wind break for our picture!! It was much more benign today.

The visibility was better too, affording us this fantastic view to Malham Tarn backed by the hills. High Trenhouse Farm are the buildings in the foreground.

Now as we did in March, we took a descending path, that ran parallel with the main track, which we eventually joined. Then walked on, climbing to the path junction, with its three armed signpost.

In March, our route had been towards Stockdale Lane, but today we continued ahead the half-mile to Langscar Gate. Here crossing the road, we took the path over Dean Moor to return to the start.

We had had another cracking walk, and it was great to have Uncle Bob for company too!

Well by now you will have guessed that it was tea time! So it was down to Malham village. While we had the rest of our picnic in the car, Dad and Uncle Bob went to The Old Barn Cafe. Scones with butter jam and cream were the order of the day, accompanied by plenty of tea. Then we said our goodbyes, and Dad drove us home.

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