School Knott from Ings.

Start. Ings.

Route. Ings - Whasdike - School Knott Plantation - School Knott - School Knott Tarn - Hag End - Outrun Nook - Borwick Fold - Ings.

Notes. I had the chance to grab a couple of hours walking between the end of work and the hours of darkness today. School Knott at 760ft may be a mere pimple but it's a pimple with exceptional views, proving you don't have to climb very high to grab a birds eye view over Lakeland, after the past week I expected plenty of water under foot, I certainly got it.

My route followed the gated lane leaving Ings in a southerly direction, passing under the railway line to reach a fingerpost. I followed this path through waterlogged fields to reach Whasdike, more field walking followed before a path through School Knott Plantation lead to the lower slopes of the hill itself. I ascended to be greeted by stunning views over Windermere. My descent took me to School Knott Tarn before ascending the lower slopes of Grandsire, descending through Hag End Farm or Hagg End, depending on which map you're using.The farm lane lead to a short stretch of tarmac, which in turn lead to Outrun Nook where another fingerpost invited me to Borwick Fold, this path was wet, I carefully picked my way through and around some extremely boggy ground before reaching Borwick Fold and a dryer path. I descended along the edge, then through a small wood to reach the gated lane I started my day on, with stunning views to the north, tarmac under foot it was down hill all the way back to Ings.

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Reston Scar above Ings.

En route to Whasdike looking to School Knott.

Grandsire seen from the approach to Whasdike, my route followed the track to the left.

Long shadows across the pastures near Whasdike,

Blackmoss Farm backed by the snow capped hills of Lakeland.

An icing sugar day over Kentmere.

Looking to Reston Scar with the wide grassy ridge leading from Brunt Knott across the skyline.

A stunning view over School Knott Plantation, from the Coniston massif on the left to the Langdale Pikes the right.

Looming high above Langdale the unmistakable Langdale Pikes.

Seen from the summit of School Knott, Claife Heights over Windermere Lake, backed by the snow covered summits of the Coniston fells.

Another wonderful view to the Langdale skyline....

....and again, it just gets better, if you're getting bored....

....turn around. In the other direction, seen over the Kent valley the inviting ridges of the Howgill Fells.

Seen from School Knott, Grandsire.

A real gem especially today, little School Knott Tarn.

On the slopes of Grandsire looking to Coniston Old Man, with the ridges over Brim Fell leading to Swirl How and Wetherlam.

I've included this shot to remind myself I managed to get across with dry feet, just.

In the fields below Borwick Fold looking to Banner Rigg.

A magical view to the west, from the dip into Wrynose Pass (far left), let the ridges carry your eye across the summits of Pike of Blisco, the Scafells, Crinkle Crags, Bow Fell, the Langdale Pikes and finally the massive rock face of Pavey Ark.

Grandsire seen from the tarmac lane above Ings.

Swathed in cloud the hills to the north.

Reston Scar in early evening light.

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