Knott Rig & Ard Crags

With the weather Forecast looking grim later in the day we needed a good three hour hike to get another 2 fells climbed. We decided to climb Knott rig and Ard Crag from Newlands Hause (map). The path is easy to follow from the small car park just head North along the well defined path and make your way to the summit at 556 m and the smallest weediest Cairn stone i have ever seen. The views from this point were stunning but were short lived as low cloud started to pour in from the top of Grasmoor. Again make your way along the route in a North east direction to the highest of the 2 summits Ard Crags (Map) great views in good weather will see Grisedale Pike , Grasmoor, Robinson, Causey Pike and Derwent water and you can easily see the Cat Bells (Map) way down in the distance. From Ard Crags there is probably a way down into Newlands Valley however we decided to double back along the route we come and headed back to the car. A good walk that most fit people can do with ease, hard to get lost just watch the edges as some of them have some good drops if you lost your footing. If you worked your way to the car park from Buttermere then why not take the route down through Newlands valley either to Little Town on the east flank of the cat bells then Skelgill, or around the back of Rowling End and end in Braithwaite.