Grey Knotts is a fell in the English Lake District
and is situated one kilometre south of the B5289 road as it crosses the
Honister Pass. It is well seen from mid Borrowdale as it rises above
The fell reaches a height of 697 metres (2287 feet)
and is part of a ridge which ascends from the woodland behind Seatoller
and continues south-west and then south for four kilometres to Great
Gable. The fell's name really only applies to the summit rocks but has
been adopted for the entire fell with the high ground in this area
locally known as Seatoller Fell on Ordnance Survey maps.
Knotts is a “Wainwright” fell and also qualifies as a Nuttall but this
must be a borderline case as it barely has the required 15 metres of
prominence to the adjoining higher fell of Brandreth.
highlights of Grey Knotts are situated on the eastern (Borrowdale) side
of the fell where Raven Crag is known as Gillercombe Buttress to rock
climbers. It is a popular area for bouldering using the large amount of
large boulders that have become detached from the main crag. There are
also several conventional climbing routes up the main crag.
Gillercomb is a fine example of a hanging valley from which issues the
stream of Sour Milk Gill which descends into Borrowdale in a series of
The top of the fell is dotted with grey
pinnacles of rock and two of these give the fell twin tops of equal
height and the eastern top has an Ordnance Survey trig point.
There are also several small tarns on the summit as well as some fence
posts which can be an aid to navigation.
The view from the summit
is very good with the Buttermere valley well seen to the north west and
the Scafell massif standing out to the south.
Grey Knotts can be
ascended from Seathwaite or Seatoller in Borrowdale or from the top of
the Honister Pass.
The route from Seathwaite goes up Newhouse
Gill thus allowing the walker to inspect the old graphite mines while
the path from Seatoller has to use the B5289 road for a kilometre before
going onto the fell. Then following a wall for some distance then
climbing the northern end of Raven Crag to reach the summit.
Knotts is often climbed from the top of the Honister Pass which gives
the advantage of starting at a height of 356 metres (1167 feet).
Walkers often use Grey Knotts as a stepping stone for the ascent of
Great Gable from Honister Pass also passing over the adjoining fells of
Brandreth and Green Gable on the way.
routes near Grey Knotts