Steel Knotts

Details
Grid Ref NY 440 181
Height 1,414 ft

Steel Knotts is flanked by two of the quietest valleys you're likely to find in the Lake District. On the east is Fusedale and on the west you have Martindale / Howe Grain. Thankfully the fell reflects its surroundings and you generally find the place as peaceful and quiet as you could ever hope for.

No one has ever bothered to build a cairn at the summit of this fell because the natural rocky outcrop does a good enough job of telling you you're at highest point, and to be honest, I can think of more than a few other fells which would benefit from a summit like this one. This would make a great wind shelter for those winter lunch stops. Sadly I always seem to climb this fell at either the start of a walk or at the end of a walk; never at a time when I'm likely to stop for something to eat.

The summit itself always reminds me of a miniature version of Harter Fell summit (the Eskdale one).

 
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Route suggestions

Route suggestion: Martindale New Church - The Coombs - Steel End - Steel Knotts
1.5 mile / approx 850 ft ascent
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As you drive along the road through Howtown you'd be forgiven for looking up to the Steel End ridge on Steel Knotts and judging it as a little daunting. The reality is; a walk up this ridge soon dispels any thoughts of hardship and you'll reach to top feeling satisfied but far from worn out. From the top of the ridge, you have a short easy walk across to the unmistakable summit.

 

Route suggestion:
1.1 mile / approx 760 ft ascent
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As seen as though Steel Knotts has two churches at its base I've chosen to offer a route from each of them. This one begins at the old church where you'll find roadside parking for about 10 sensibly parked cars.

The route is easy enough to pick up from behind the church, but make sure you don't follow the path alongside the wall otherwise you'll end up hacking your way through chest high bracken to get back up to the correct path. You need to take the path which leads up to the right hand side of the large enclosure and then diagonally up the fellside.

If you're feeling energetic, you can cut the corner at the summit ridge and instead of going through the gate, walk up the side of the wall.


Photo gallery


Steel Knotts summit

Taken from Brownthwaite Crag
 
Seen from the valley near Howtown

 
 

 

 

 

 

Choose a walk that includes this fell
The number of walks to choose from is 10

14th August 2016
  Steel Knotts and Hallin Fell 3.6 mile 1400 ft
Martindale New Church - Lanty Tarn - Birkie Knott - Steel Knotts - Martindale Old Church - Hallin Fell - Martindale New Church
 

28th April 2013
  Bucketing down on Steel Knotts and Hallin Fell 3.3 mile 1300 ft
Martindale New Church - Birkie Knott - Steel Knotts - Martindale Old Church - Hallin Fell - Martindale New church
 

10th April 2011
  Steel Knotts and Hallin Fell 7.8 mile 2100 ft
Martindale new church - Birkie Knott - Steel Knotts - Brownthwaite Crag - Fusedale - Howtown - Geordie's Crag - Hallinhag Wood - Sandwick - Howegrain Beck - Martindale new church - Hallin Fell - Martindale new church
 

12th September 2010
  Steel Knotts, Beda Fell and Hallin Fell 9.3 mile 2900 ft
Martindale new church - Birkie Knott - Steel Knotts - Martindale old church - Winter Crag - Beda Head - Beda Fell - Bedafell Knott - Freeze Beck - Boredale Hause - Boredale Head - Boredale - Garth Heads - Howegrain Beck - Martindale new church - Hallin Fell - Martindale new church
 

28th March 2009
  Steel Knotts, around and up Hallin Fell 7.8 mile 2270 ft
Martindale New Church - Lanty Tarn - Birkie Knott - Steel Knotts - Brownthwaite Crag - Fusedale - Howtown - Ullswater - Geordie Crag - Sandwick - Hallin Fell - Martindale New Church
 

24th December 2008
  A Christmas Eve in Martindale - Steel Knotts and Hallin Fell 4.3 mile 1500 ft
Martindale New Church - The Combs - Steel End - Steel Knotts - Martindale Old Church - Howegrain Beck Bridge - Martindale New Church - Hallin Fell - Martindale New Church
 

25th March 2007
  Two fells, two dales, but where do all the people go 5.8 mile 1850 ft
Martindale New Church - Martindale Old Church - Steel Knotts - Brownthwaite Crag - Fusedale - Lanty Tarn - Martindale New Church - Hallin Fell - Martindale New Church
 

27th May 2006
  A walk in Martindale - a new church an old church and two small fells 6.25 mile 2149 ft
Martindale New Church - Martindale Old Church - Steel Knotts - Gowk Hill - Fusedale - Martindale New Church - Hallin Fell - Martindale New Church
 

14th May 2005
  One short of a dozen Far Eastern fells. 14.2 mile 4500 ft
Martindale New Church - Steel Knotts - Wether Hill - High Raise - Kidsty Pike - Rampsgill Head - The Knott - Rest Dodd - The Nab - (double back) - Satura Crag - Brock Crags - Angle Tarn - Angletarn Pikes - Beda Fell - Martindale New Church
 

7th August 2004
  A long walk from Patterdale and a nice sail on Ullswater to finish. 13.5 mile 4360 ft
Patterdale - Angle Tarn Pikes - Brock Crags - Rest Dodd - The Knott - Rampsgill Head - Kidsty Pike - High Raise - Steel Knotts - Hallin Fell - and the steamer from Howtown to Glenridding
06.05 to 14.10 The 14.20 steamer from Howtown to Glenridding. Walking from Glenridding to Patterdale 14.55 to 15.15
 



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Lake District Walks