Back to School, Knott
Back to school, Knott!
Many people over the years have suggested I get a dog. Why? Because I'm fat? It would get me out wouldn't it? So today as my old pal Jeffrey Epstein from Best Loved Hotels and I were taking to the hills near Linthwaite, I suggested he was performing the function of a dog. Not very nice I know but then we have known each other a long time. And he did get me to go out.
The three peaks challenge is well known of course. It comprises Snowdon in Wales (1085m), Scafell Pike (pronounced 'Scoreful Pike' or 'Skawful Pike' with the emphasis on the first syllable for anyone who is interested) in England (978m), Ben Nevis in Scotland (1344m). But our 3 peaks challenge is different. And a little easier. For a start you can walk it from Linthwaite House Hotel. It saves petrol or diesel and is therefore greener. It comprises Brantfell (with a small add-on of Post Knott), School Knott, and Orrest Head.
Of course we had to do some prep. We tucked in to a large plate of Cumbrian sausage, bacon, tomato, scrambled eggs, black pudding, and mushrooms. All washed down with copious quantities of coffee and freshly squeezed orange juice. You never know, one of us might break a toe nail and the other would have to go for help. So good mountain craft says stock up well before you go.
The weather was going to be changeable. Unusual eh? Anyway, at last appropriately attired, we headed off down the drive, turned right at the bottom and headed East up the Crook Rd. A few hundred yards later we turned left onto Haverthwaite, then stormed up the side of Brantfell. Me puffing, Jeffrey gliding like a ring wraith. He has low blood pressure and moves with the elegance of a gazelle. We drank in the fresh air, followed shortly after by the views which are simply amazing. The summit of this hill is literally 15 minutes walk from the hotel. How many of our guests make it?
Onwards to skirt Post Knott (National Trust), another dandy view point normally accessed directly from Bowness. North through the woods until we pick up the Dales Way, then off North again skirting the edge of Bowness. It's remarkable how near to the town you can be one minute, and the next in open countryside.
We were of course aiming for Orrest Head which is located just East of Windermere, where the town meets the A590. Yes, that's right, near to Booths, the Railway Station and Lakeland.
We could see Orrest Head, we just got distracted by a sign which said School Knott so we headed up there; an enormous climb of just 750' (thereabouts). Again, panoramic views and a stunning rainbow. You could see both ends. It seemed like a signal. That just left us to jauntily walk down to Windermere for hot chocolate. We'd run out of time. Orrest Head would have to wait for another day!
Total distance 4.06 miles.
Highest elevation: about 750'.
For a slight variation on this walk see http://tinyurl.com/7jb9rcv which is the Boot Boys walking site; a group of walkers I sometimes allowed to join.