21st June 2014

The Knott to Stony Cove Pike


Walk Overview
Time 7:30am to 1pm
Duration 5 hr 30 min
Distance 9.6 mile
Ascent 3400 ft
Walking with On my own
Hartsop - Hayeswater - The Knott - Rampsgill Head - Straights of Riggindale - High Street - Thornthwaite Crag - Threshthwaite Mouth - Stony Cove Pike - Caudale Moor - Caudale Head - Rough Edge - Hartsop Hall - Brothers Water - Hartsop
Fells visited
Directory places visited

Starting Point Information Centre
Car park, Hartsop Village

Unspoilt, sums up the lovely village of Hartsop; apart from the car park that is. At least it is tucked away beyond a narrow gap between the buildings at the top of the village.

The car park is free and offers almost instant access to the surrounding fells. The number of different walks you can do from here are jut too many to list.


Weather Readings

The Gadget
All readings were taken using a Kestrel 2000 Weather Meter
Live temperature recorded at the time I press the hold key
Maximum Wind Speed Maximum wind speed since the weather meter was turned on at each location Average Wind Speed
Average wind speed since the weather meter was turned on at each location
Wind Chill
Combination of wind speed and temperature. The gadget does the calculations not me.

Route Map


I left Hartsop at an early hour this morning, although, at this time of year it was still a longtime after the crack of dawn. With this being the longest day, that event would have happened hours ago and even I don't tend to get up that early. What I should do is make the effort to spend the night up on one of the fells so I could watch the sunrise on June 21st. On a positive note, if I'd done that last night, the sunrise would have been hidden behind all the cloud. Maybe next year!
After a short walk up from the car park I find myself standing here looking past your bottom (giggle, , , , giggle). Okay it's really called Pasture Bottom and it isn't that funny anyway. Up there on the skyline is Threshthwaite Mouth where I'll be walking later in the day (from left to right).

One of the reasons for this walk was to see how the work at Hayeswater is progressing. The intention is to restore the reservoir to it's original (natural) state as a mountain tarn. At the moment they're just lowering the level of the water so apart from the signs, this stronger bridge for vehicles, the new bridge for walkers further up, and the work on the access road there isn't much to see at the moment.

Looking down Hayeswater Gill. That blue sky up there fills me with hope for a good day.

"Don't be shy, come out and say hello"

Okay, someone has been good enough to supply us with a new bridge so I might as well use it.

There's no water flowing over the dam anymore but this pipe is being used to take water out of the tarn.

The level of the water is definitely dropping and although I'm sure they know what they're doing, I don't understand whey they don't let it out a bit quicker. No, I don't mean put some dynamite under the dam. I just think that perhaps it could be allowed to run down Hayeswater Gill perhaps at the rate is does after heavy rain.

I leave the main path and 'nip' up to The Knott using the narrow path next to the wall. As I look back I have a very hazy view across to Rest Dodd and The Nab. There's also a quite large herd of Deer down there but they were too far away to get anything like a decent photograph.

The Knott summit in front of High Street.

and again, this time with the cloud topped eastern fells behind.

There were two reasons why I didn't expect to get a view from Rampsgill Head today. The first one was because I wasn't intending to walk up here (you can't get a better reason then that), and the second was because it was under cloud while I was on The Knott. As soon as I'd taken the previous picture and turned around to start walking, the cloud had lifted. After a moments indecision, I thought why not and added this onto the walk.

High Street and Thornthwaite Crag are seen ahead of me. They look a long way off but I always find the walking to be quite easy around here, or at least it is once you're actually up on the ridge itself.

A close up of Haweswater.

A view back down to the Straights of Riggindale, The Knott and Rampsgill Head. Kidsty Pike is also there on the right and High Raise still holding onto some cloud.

Approaching High Street summit in bright sunshine and, , , ,

, , , , looking back to the summit in bright sunshine.
While I was actually at the top, a black cloud passed over and it felt like someone had knocked the light off.

The view ahead shows most of my route to Thornthwaite Crag (right). The easily recognisable Ill Bell ridge is on the left (Yoke, Ill Bell, Froswick). In the distance you can see part of Windermere.

Just short of Thornthwaite Crag and I take a picture of Hayeswater. I wonder how big the tarn will be when it gets back to it's original size.

Well, there's no doubts about where you are when you arrive here. This picture shows Red Screes in the background.
and this one shows Froswick, Ill Bell and Yoke.

A close up of Windermere.

Thornthwaite Crag is left using a narrow path that initially feels like you're heading to Gray Crag. After a little while however, the path turns to the left where you have a steep and loose scree path which takes you to Threshthwaite Mouth.

Looking over Threshthwaite Mouth to Stony Cove Pike.

The lowest point between Thornthwaite Crag and Stony Cove Pike is the highest point on the Threshthwaite Mouth pass. Here, you have a picture looking down to Troutbeck Tongue and Windermere in the distance.

Stony Cove Pike summit.

I can't work out what drives some people to do the things they do but it looks like the vandals have been up here and pulled the plug out of one of the two tarns found at Caudale Head,
They must have got board because they've left the other one alone.

From Stony Cove Pike I could have headed down to Hartsop Dodd (right with cloud shadows) and then straight down to Hartsop. Today, I opted to descend the Rough Edge ridge down to the bottom of Kirkstone Pass. All the way down the views are fantastic and although many people would disagree, it's well worth the sacrifice of not getting to the top of somewhere.

The top of Rough Edge with a view across to the eastern fells.

A close up of Crinkle Crags and Bow Fell.

From the Rough Edge ridge you get this fantastic view of Red Screes and Kirkstone Pass. You can also see Windermere in the distance, , , , twice.

This is the view from Rough Edge ridge. Brothers Water is below and in the distance is part of Ullswater.

Over on the left are Dove Crag, Hart Crag, Fairfield, St Sunday Crag and part of the Hartsop Above How ridge.

Caudale Beck offered an ideal opportunity to cool off for a while. Unfortunately the insects had other ideas. As soon as I knelt down to start pouring water over my head, I was 'un'-politely persuaded to move on.

Before I made my escape I took this picture looking across to High Hartsop Dodd, Dove Crag and Hart Crag.


Almost back to reality and I take a picture looking through the valley to Brothers Water, Place Fell and Angletarn Pikes.

I walk through Sykeside camp site to reach Hartsop Hall and Brothers Water.

It was all peace and quiet at Brothers Water while I was here. The only other person was a lady sitting under a tree reading a book. I think she'd hit the jackpot as far as finding a relaxing spot goes.

Looking across the outflow to Brock Crags, The Knott and Gray Crag.

I walked past Cow Bridge car park which was packed to overflowing and from here it's only a short walk along the road to Hartsop.

Buttercup meadow on the outskirts of Hartsop.

A Hartsop cottage below Hartsop Dodd.

and some more below Gray Crag.

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Lake District Walks