All the Fells: Grey Knotts

Grey Knotts – The Western Fells 2,287′ (33)

Date: 12 September 1985/12 July 1997

From: Honister Pass/Brandreth

Grey Knotts is an untidy, shapeless, rocky fell at the bottom of the ridge leading from Honister Pass to Great Gable. Having done this ridge twice, I’ve climbed Grey Knotts twice when many much more significant fells have come under my boots only once. On the first occasion, having so misplanned an assault on Great Gable via Honister as to have had to walk the entire length of the Pass from Seatoller, I arrived on the open moorland lying above Buttermere and Ennerdale already leg-weary but determined to at least knock off this fell whilst I was here. I did this by taking the path from the Drum House that heads ultimately to Green Gable and, once I had pulled alongside the ridge, using one of the grassy gaps in the rocks to gain the ridge and follow the fence until it took me to the undistinguished summit. The other time, I used Moses Trod to gain Green Gable and followed the fence back, intent on the steep and rocky descent to the pass, which demanded more care than something that low really ought to and landed me back at the Mine Shop and the car feeling mildly exhilarated at such an entertaining descent.

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