Saturday, 1 July 2000

Hard Knott

Hard Knott
Height: 549m (1,801ft)
Prominence: 154m (505ft)
Region: Southern Fells
Classifications: Marilyn, Dewey, Wainwright, Birkett
Summit feature: Large platform & trig pillar
Times climbed: 1
Related trip report:
Green Crag, Harter Fell & Hard Knott - 18/05/2014
The summit cairn and the fells of Eskdale
What Wainwright said:

"Hard Knott is well known for three features: the pass of the same name, a Roman camp, and the view of the Scafells from its summit. The fell itself is not especially remarkable, and is best described as a wedge of high ground dividing Eskdale and Mosedale."

From the main ridge of Crinkle Crags a low saddle juts out to the west in the vicinity of the southernmost Crinkle. To the west of the saddle the ridge turns southward and gains height, rising over a series of rocky knolls to the summit of Hard Knott.

Hard Knott is famous for its superb view of the Scafell massif to the north, the Hardknott Pass and the Hardknot Roman Fort.

The Hardknott Pass joins Eskdale with the Duddon Valley. There is a steep single-track road over the pass with gradients of up to 30% (1 in 3), reaching a maximum height of 393 metres (1,289 ft). The Hardknott Roman Fort stands at a height of about 200 metres (656 ft) on the lower slopes of the western ridge as it descends into Eskdale. A Roman road from Ravenglass to Ambleside once crossed the pass, although by a slightly different route.

As mentioned, the summit bears a cairn and has a fantastic view of the high fells that dominate the head of Eskdale.

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