Knott Rigg is a fell at the head of the Newlands
Valley in the English Lake District. It is situated some 8.5 kilometres
south west of Keswick and has a modest height of 556 metres (1825 feet).
Its name is derived from the Old English language and means “hill on
a knobbly ridge”.
Knott Rigg is located on a four kilometre long
ridge which springs from Rigg Beck in the Newlands valley midway along
its length and runs south westerly to conclude at Newlands Hause.
The ridge also contains the adjoining fell of Ard Crags which stands
1.5 kilometres north east of Knott Rigg. Both fells are usually climbed
in combination with each other.
Knott Rigg is steep sided with
the western flank falling away to the valley of Sail Beck, while the
eastern side descends to the minor road between Keswick and Buttermere
in the Newlands valley.
The fell is best viewed from Newlands
Hause where it is seen as a sharp conical peak (although the highest
point is not in view), or from Buttermere from where a complete picture
of the fell is seen (although it is rather distant).
from the summit is severely restricted by the surrounding higher hills
of the Coledale and Buttermere Fells. However, there is a view to the
east in the arc between Causey Pike and High Spy which reveals views of
the Skiddaw and Helvellyn ranges.
The easiest ascent of Knott
Rigg is started from the car park at Newlands Hause (grid reference
This gives the advantage of starting at a height of
333 metres, giving an easy vertical ascent of just over 200 metres.
An alternative start can be made from further down the Newlands
valley, either at Keskadale Farm or Rigg Beck. The latter route goes
over Ard Crags first before continuing to Knott Rigg.
routes near Knott Rigg