1st January 2007

A new years day walk on Ard Crags and Knott Rigg


Walk Overview
Time 10.25 to 13.35
Duration 3 hr 10 min
Distance 6.3 mile
Ascent 1739 ft
Walking with Jennifer
Rigg Beck - Aiken Knott - Ard Crags - Knott Rigg - Newlands Hause - Newlands Pass - Rigg Beck
Fells visited
Directory places visited

Starting Point Information Centre
Parking spaces, Rigg Beck, Newlands Pass

This is another of the many disused quarries in the Lake District that have been adopted as an unofficial car park. It may not be the largest parking spot around, but if I were looking for a space in the middle of the day I'd be tempted to grab a space here rather than take a chance on one of the other car parks having room.


Route Map

Rigg Beck seen from the start of the walk. The path we followed alongside the beck can be seen on the right.

And looking back to the Newlands Pass road. The previous picture was taken from the bridge in this photo.

Ard Crags ahead of us. Our route took us a little way past the wall, across the beck and up to the lowest point on the skyline, before picking up the ridge path up to the summit.

The view back down the lower section of the ridge. The fell directly opposite is Cat Bells, with the eastern fells behind.

Getting steeper now on the path up to Aiken Knott.

Newlands Valley with Maiden Moor and High Spy behind.

Robinson, just about to get a soaking from the rain moving in from the Buttermere direction.

Looking back over Ard Crags to see the band of rain continuing on its way over Borrowdale and Derwent Water towards Blencathra; the dark fell on the left of the photo.

Wandope, Crag Hill and Sail.

Looking along the ridge towards Knott Rigg with High Stile, Red Pike, Starling Dodd, Great Borne in the far distance and Whiteless Pike (the pointed fell on the right).

Keskadale Farm.

The view down to Newlands Valley from the path between Ard Crags and Knott Rigg.

Looking back to Ard Crags.

And ahead to Knott Rigg.

Leaving Knott Rigg in gale force winds strong enough to make us need to hold onto each other, particularly on the bit between the end of the path seen in this picture and the top of Newlands Pass. No more pictures until we reached Newlands Pass I'm afraid, it was far too windy to mess around with a camera.

Back to normality and starting out on the long walk down Newlands Pass. Perhaps a little sad I know, but I intentionally walked to Newlands Hause from Knott Rigg rather than taking the other path directly to Keskadale Farm. The reason behind this was so I could include the section of the pass between Newlands Hause and Keskadale Farm, because this was the only section out of all the passes in the Lake District I hadn't walked before. As I said, perhaps a little sad.

The view ahead.

And the view back up the Pass.

A close up of Little Town, the tiny hamlet found on the opposite side of the valley, below Cat Bells.

A nice collection of old farm equipment in the garden at Birkrigg.

David Hall -
Lake District Walks