: The Knott, the Pot and the Fairy
16th January 2014
have fond memories of Arnside. I prefer sunsets
to sunrises (being more of a person of the night) which
makes it far superior for me than Grange-over-Sands,
its companion across the water.
we had a family caravan nearby. Forty odd years
ago, it is where I lived when I started working in Kendal.
Until I was banned from The Albion.
the weather is too poor to venture into the Lakes, its
microclimate often offers a much kinder day. It
was such a day today. None of John, Martin and
Tony had previously visited all of three local features:
the Knott, the Pot and the Fairy so this was an ideal
opportunity to put that right.
the promenade our first objective was Arnside Knott,
the hill that overlooks the village and the estuary,
thereby providing spectacular views. It
did not disappoint.
the Knott to the Lakes
explored a part of the hill that I had not previously
visited, the east side of the hill. You have to be a
bit careful here as there is a very steep drop down
to the valley if you are stupid.
there is a safe way down to the east and to Arnside
Tower. Although I have passed this many a time,
I hadn’t had Tony with me so this had not been properly
investigated. "Danger, Keep Out" signs
are, to Tony, an invitation to explore. It was amazing to see the complex structure
of rooms and stairs that it must have had once upon
was the Queen Victoria Jubilee Monument, better known
as the Pepperpot, located at the top of Eaves Wood overlooking
nearby Silverdale. This is another fine viewpoint,
especially to the south.
was rather excited by what appeared to be the skeleton
of a prehistoric shelter, just awaiting a covering of
was taken in the wood, alongside another ruined building,
this one much smaller than the Tower although much larger
than John's shelter!
path to Challon Hall was notable for having to cross
the railway track, made more exciting by the oncoming
of a train.
We followed a trail to Haweswater
(no, not the big one in the Lakes) then up alongside a rather wet Silverdale Moss.
Knott from Silverdale Moss
To say the
gateway through which we had to pass was rather flooded
is an understatement. It would be more accurate
to say that the gate was in the middle of a fast flowing
Tower across the Moss
fast flowing footpath
will no one fall in for me when I take these photos?
our route did not pass the intriguingly titled “Creep-i’-th’-call
Bridge” which must be worth a visit if only for
Nor did we have a good look at Hazelslack
Tower, having arrived at the farm from the wrong side.
From here we took the bridle path that leads through
Underlaid Wood where the track had become a stream and
on each side were very large neatly laid out clints
and grykes of an overgrown limestone pavement.
we reached the objective: Fairy Steps. This
is a narrow gap in the limestone cliff with just enough
room to climb up the natural steps if you first remove
your rucksack. Allegedly, if you can climb the
steps without touching the sides, the fairies will grant
your every wish. I don’t think they are much troubled
in that respect.
wishes to be granted for Tony
three objectives achieved, we headed down to Storth
then crossed over the coastal road to the old railway
track, now converted to a path.
nod to Spring
from the old railway track
This led us round
to the station (still active and offering trains to
London but obviously by a different track). I
wondered if we could return to the road from behind
the station but the path just led to the viaduct via
a muddy bank of
that way, John!
Had it been midsummer, the rocks dry
and the tide well out, we might have chanced going under
the viaduct arch to reach the village. But not
in midwinter just a few days after exceptionally
high tides and the water being at a disconcertingly
being....etc, we returned to the station and crossed
over the footbridge to safety.
regular readers may recall, I am no longer on the block
at the Albion.
once we had cleaned our boots on the scraper
outside the front door, it was a very welcoming
spotted an old photo on the wall of my 1970
beer was good, the fire blazing; it was
a good place to celebrate our achievement of the three objectives,
the Knott, the Pepperpot and the Fairy Steps.
Thursday 16th January 2014
16th January 2014
climbed in feet:
(Memory Map / OS)
Knott, The Pepperpot, Fairy Steps
John Hn, Martin C, Tony
routes are put online in gpx format which
should work with most mapping software. You can follow
our route in detail by downloading bb1403 .
discover which Wainwright top was visited on which BB outing
- although it may not be that up to date - see: Which
For the latest totals of the mileages and heights (ditto) see: BB Log.
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