Shipman Knotts is a fell in the English Lake District
which reaches a height of 587 m (1,926 ft) and is situated in one of the
quieter areas of the national park, two kilometres north east of
Although not one of the best known Lake
District fells and strictly speaking it is just the southern shoulder of
Kentmere Pike. It earned a separate chapter in Alfred Wainwright’s
Pictorial Guide to the Lakeland Fells due to “Its characteristic
roughness ... rocky outcrops are everywhere on its steep slopes”.
The ridge from Shipman Knotts to Kentmere Pike climbs due north as
far as the cairned top of Goat Scar (2,053 ft), before turning north
west to complete its journey.
A wall follows the ridge, although,
in places it zig-zags abruptly off the watershed. The eastern face above
Longsleddale is steeper and includes Rough Crags and Goat Scar itself.
The western face is rough but, after the initial climb out of
Kentmere, has shallower gradients and there are small areas of mixed
woodland on both sides.
South of Shipman Knotts, across the
unnamed walkers pass from Kentmere to Longsleddale, is a broad upland
area between the two valleys.
This continues for five miles to
the confluence of the Sprint and Kent at Burnseside. There are a number
of lower hills within this area, including Hollow Moor (1,397 ft) and
Brunt Knott (1,400 ft).
This ridge is also decorated by an
unusual number of tarns for the south eastern Lake District, the
principal waterbodies being Skeggles Water, Gurnal Dubs and Potter Tarn.
The summit consists of three rocky hummocks on the east side of the
wall. The middle one is considered the highest point and gives a good
view of Longsleddale although much of the view is restricted by nearby
fells of a higher elevation.
The ascent from Kentmere village
takes the track which goes up west towards the valley of Longsleddale,
crossing the ridge to the south of Shipman Knotts. The climb continues
until the highest point of the pass is reached at a height of 350 metres
(1,150 ft). A Dry-stone wall is then followed northerly from the summit
of the pass to reach the top of the fell.
Shipman Knotts is also
climbed regularly as part of the ascent of Harter Fell from the south
and as part of the Kentmere horseshoe, a 19 kilometre walk with 1,100 m
(3,600 ft) of ascent.
It starts and finishes in the village of
Kentmere and takes in the better known fells of Kentmere Pike, Harter
Fell, Mardale Ill Bell, Thornthwaite Crag, Froswick, Ill Bell and Yoke.
routes near Shipman Knotts