Ard Crags and Knott Rigg

The Ard Crags ridge is between Robinson, on the one hand, and the Causey Pike/Sail/Eel Crags ridge, on the other, and it's lower than both.  I normally think of walking it when the clouds are obscuring the high ridges but not this one - and, since it is a linear walk, when there is someone at the other end to take us back to the car.  Not this time: the visibility was OK, if a bit murky, and we had to walk back the way we came, to Newlands Hause.

Here are some pictures
(click on any picture for a larger version):

This is a walk where you get the hard climbing out of the way at the start, and here is where you take a rest, and look down towards Buttermere
Looking east towards Newlands and Derwentwater.

This uncompromising slab of rock is Wandope,
next door to another slab, Eel Crags aka Crag Hill (on the left) and Sail

Between them is this hanging valley.  "Hanging valleys" seem to send geologists into raptures, for some reason (I'm sure someone is going to tell me), but I do know that climbing out of the valley via that arete on the left, up to the top of Wandope, is no joke...
Here you can see the ridge along to Ard Crags, with Scar Crags and Causey Pike in the background.

From the top of Ard Crags to Aikin Knott, you look down the Rigg Beck valley to Newlands and Catbells.
This is the view south-east, with High Snab Bank in the foreground, then most of the Newlands Round.

The dogs love heather, especially for rolling around in (and gathering ticks, of course)
This is the ridge in reverse, from Ard Crags towards Knott Rigg.  The Buttermere ridge, and Pillar, in the distance.

More pictures of this walk are available from here

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