Monday 1 April 2013

Ard Crags and Knott Rigg

We'd picked another walk that we felt stretched Evie, it was another step forward from the previous day but again we felt wasn't pushing too hard.  We also had the incentive of lots of mini eggs to help when spirits were flagging...

We parked at a small car park in a bend in the road just before you get to Birkrigg on the road from Braithwaite.  A few years later we ended up staying at Birkrigg, and did this walk and more.  The disadvantage of this route was the length of road walking at the end, although at least they are fairly easy miles to cover.

Difficulty: 3
Walkers: Tim, Caroline, Isabelle (10), Grace (8), Evie (5)
11:05, 0.0km 0h00 0m, Start (175)
13:31, 2.6km 2h26 404m, Ard Crags (581)
14:10, 4.0km 3h05 462m, Knott Rigg (556)
16:07, 8.2km 5h02 488m, End (175)

Lovely weather for the route up from the car, ideal day and activity for our wedding anniversary.  After following this path you cross over the stream to your left, and then head straight up the peaks looming ahead.  I'm pretty sure we didn't tell Evie where we were headed to avoid early complaints!

The view looking south over to Maiden Moor and High Spy.

Once crossed over the stream, the path is fairly obvious...

You reach Aiken Knott first, before being able to see where you're headed.  Still, everyone was happy (especially Isabelle with the chocolate)

Nice view for lunch.  There wasn't really any shelter, so middle of the path for lunch it was.

The view from Ard Crags looking back the way we'd come, with a tiny piece of Derwent Water visible and the snowy peak of Skiddaw on the left.

Caroline, Grace & Isabelle, happy (ish) at the top of Knott Rigg.

The gentle path down back to the road.

Good view of Poppy in the baby carrier - it did have a rain cover, although I tore it putting it on too vigorously.  Most usefully it has slight suspension, which absorbs the worst of the weight on each step.

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