Knipe Scar from Bampton Grange.

Start. Bampton Grange.

Route. Bampton Grange - Risebarrow - Low Scarside - Knipescar Common - Knipe Scar - Knipe Moor - Knipe Telephone Box - River Lowther - Bampton Grange.

Notes. Rising northeast of Bampton Grange Knipe Scar commands outstanding views across the valley of the River Lowther, unrestricted views to the rolling summits stretching from High Street in the south to Heughscar Hill in the north. A wonderful tract of rolling upland, good enough for the Romans to build their high road, as you scan the horizon the eye is inevitably drawn to the deep cleft of the Mardale Valley. Haweswater Dam closes the mouth of the valley, constructed between 1929-35 to hold back the waters of Haweswater Reservoir, all 18.6 billion gallons. There's a number of ways onto the hill, straight up the front crossing Knipe Moor, from the eastern side via Scarside or from Fell Gate, as none looked that interesting we opted for a circular taking in the enchanting old ruin of Low Scarside, ending with a delightful walk along the banks of the River Lowther.

Our day started at the phone box in Bampton Grange, a few yards to the east a single track road lead to Knipe, we followed this passing the cemetery to reach a cattle-grid, here a finger-post pointed up the hill. Following a dry stone wall we ascended , when the wall swung right likewise so did we, on a good path with the wall to our right we wandered on. On reaching a disused quarry we left the path to access a stile in a wall corner. Now following faint field paths we strolled on, hedgerows and walls guided us to a field gate which allowed access to another long abandoned quarry, here we turned northeast, up hill following the vague line of an ancient lane. The lane disappeared into a hawthorn copse, hidden by the bushes a stile, allowing access to the next field. Onwards and upwards crossing another stile then through a field gate before reaching a delightful ruined farmstead, Low Scarside built in 1674 must have once been a beautiful place surrounded by trees nestled in a hollow high above the valley. We navigated around the ruin before ascending through the next field, on passing through another gate we entered Knipescar Common, an area of dense gorse bushes.

An excellent path carried us across the common, a mile of high level walking followed, above Knipe Scar, passing a stone circle and small pool before making our descent. Following the line of another dry stone wall, on good paths we descended crossing Knipe Moor to gain access to the lane we'd left at the cattle-grid, we turned right in the direction of Knipe. A few hundred yards down the lane a well cared for telephone box marked the start of a riverside path, a finger-post announced it was just over a mile to Bampton, an easy end to a wonderful day, in equally wonderful company, strolling along the banks of the quite picturesque River Lowther, magic.

view route map.

home.

Bampton Grange seen from the tarmac lane to Knipe.

Ascending Knipe Moor in the company of a dry stone wall, looking to the gorse and limestone west face of Knipe Scar.

You don't need to gain much height to earn stunning views like this one to the mouth of the Mardale Valley.

Like a crooked finger, Knipe Scar reaches across the skyline.

A wonderful old ruin in need of a new lease of life, built in 1674 Low Scarside.

Seen from the field above Low Scarside the gorse thicket on Knipescar Common backed by Inscar Plantation, to the left Knipe Scar.

From Knipescar Common wonderful views across the Lowther Valley, the deep notch on the skyline being the Mardale Valley.

Views north along Knipescar Common....

....and south to Wilson Scar with Low Scarside visible to the right of the shot.

Sue strides out across Knipe Scar.

Looking to a familiar landscape, Moor Divock and Heughscar Hill graced by my presence only three days ago.

Looking back to Knipe Scar, about to step onto the tarmac of the narrow fell road.

Knipe telephone box, abandoned by Telecom now in the safe hands of Knipe residents, the sign in the box read "no refreshments in Knipe just free range eggs." which for some reason Sue found quite amusing.

Footbridge over the River Lowther.

The River Lowther looking north.

Knipe Scar as seen from the banks of the idyllic River Lowther.

Near journeys end and a final look to a wonderful limestone plateau well worth the effort.

back to top

back to list