Monday, 2 April 2018

The Knott, Great Sca Fell and Coomb Height

To the north of Skiddaw are the Uldale and Caldbeck fells.  With their rounded tops they are perhaps more reminiscent of the Pennines than the Lake District.  Like the Pennines they are also quieter, making them an ideal choice for a last minute Easter Sunday wander with our pals Graham and Sandra.  We didn't really have a plan for ticking off hills other than to head out and enjoy a walk.  If we could pick up a couple of Wainwright tops for Moira and I then that would be a bonus.

From the parking we made our way up Grainsgill beck to reach the snowline, which started somewhere around the 400m contour.  The ground however wasn't frozen underneath the snow, making it a rather boggy walk up to the wind scoured cairn marking the summit of Knott (710m). 

The summit of Knott - a rather windy cold place to be on an Easter Sunday in early spring, but the views were wonderful 

Rime ice feathers on the summit cairn

From Knott we made our way across to Great Sca Fell.  At 651m this meant losing a few contours in the process and re-climbing them on the way back.  Once at the summit cairn we debated about continuing on to Brae Fell, but in the end decided to leave it for another day and head back up and over Knott to descend via Coomb Height.  

Coomb Height (627m) incidentally is not one of Wainwrights tops and is really only a continuation of the broad ridge leading east from Knott.  It does make a nice descent route with some great views south across to Blencathra and then west over Great Calva to Skiddaw.

A small cairn marks the top of Coomb Height.  The northern slopes of Blencathra beyond
Great Calva with Skiddaw beyond

That's 101 Wainwrights completed.  The next target is to get below the halfway mark, so that's another 7 to do in the next few weeks.    

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