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Knott Rigg 11th July 2020

Updated: Aug 4, 2020

So we went to sleep on Friday 10th July knowing that in the morning the weather was set fair and we would be going up Ullock Pike, Long Side and Carl Side, getting Theo to 80 fells with ease.

As you can tell from the title that didn't work out. We woke up to loads of cloud, we couldn't see the top of Ullock Pike so we de-camped to Buttermere and decided to complete Knott Rigg and Ard Crags.

Parking at Newlands Hause was lucky and we quickly gained height. The picture below is after 15 minutes walking.

The steepness of the climb is not too bad and the path is really straightforward to follow as the picture below shows. This is not the top but another one of the false tops we've come to expect now! We don't get too excited until we've checked the map and seen we're there.

We skirted around the knoll seen above.

Then the final traverse of nice bouncy grass to the summit, being slightly to the left on the picture below.

Turns out there is no cairn so Theo made a start on one!

Update! On 4th August driving home from work listening to Countrystride podcast number 34 when (at 39 minutes) Mark Richards mentioned a "cairn of minor consequence" on the top of Knott Rigg. Couldn't stop smiling knowing that Theo had built it - here it is in progress.

Maybe we'll go back one day and see if it's still there.

I should mention, and as you can tell from the headgear, it wasn't too warm. In places on the walk the wind was biting cold. No matter we were on to Ard Crags to get Theo to 79!

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