Steel Knotts is a fell in the English Lake District,
near to Ullswater in the Far Eastern Fells. It stands between the
valleys of Fusedale and Martindale on a ridge running north-south.
At Wether Hill on the spine of the Far Eastern Fells, a subsidiary
spur branches off west to Gowk Hill, before turning north to run
parallel to the main ridge.
This passes over Brownthwaite Crag
(1,456 ft) and the rockier top of Steel Knotts before swinging a little
to the east and making a brisk descent to Howtown and Ullswater. The
Steel Knotts ridge, also termed Martindale Edge, runs for about two
miles in total.
To the east is the steep sided valley of Fusedale,
its beck forming the boundary of the fell. This flows north to the Lake
at Howtown, below the nose of the ridge. There are some crags on this
side, particularly at the northern end.
The western flank of the
fell has shallower gradients at the top before dropping over rough
ground to Martindale. The boundary here is made by Howegrain Beck which
carries the waters of Bannerdale and Rampsgill Dale to the lake at
Running off north west from the top of Steel Knotts is
a truncated ridge which falls quickly over Birkies Knott to valley
Here the Martindale road is crossed at The Coombes before
the land rises again to Hallin Fell, overlooking Ullswater from its fine
position between Sandwick and Howtown.
Hallin Fell is the true
continuation of Steel Knotts, although the eye naturally gives this
distinction to the narrow ridge descending to Howtown.
Knotts has a fine summit tor which is named Pikeawassa which provides a
pleasant little scramble to finish a walk.
The view of Martindale
is very good with the Helvellyn range also on display.
can be climbed from Howtown or from The Coombes and St Peter's church at
the top of the horseshoes on the Martindale road.
The ridge can
also be reached just south of the summit from Martindale Old Church or
at Gowk Hill via Fusedale.
routes near Steel Knotts