Thunacar Knott is a fell in the central part of the English Lake
The main spine of the Central Fells runs south from Bleaberry Fell to
High Raise before turning sharply east en route for Blea Rigg and
Loughrigg Fell. A secondary ridge projects southward from High Raise,
terminating in the Langdale Pikes.
These are a high rocky parapet
looking down upon the valley of Great Langdale, fringing an area of
moorland behind. This upland plateau has its highpoint in Thunacar
Recent surveys give the fell a height of 723 metres
(2,372 feet), a significant increase to the 2,351 feet given by Alfred
Wainwright in his Pictorial Guides to the Lakeland Fells.
fell is situated in Great Langdale in the midst of one of the most
popular areas for walking in the district.
It is surrounded by
the much-loved Langdale fells of Harrison Stickle, Pike of Stickle, Loft
Crag and Pavey Ark. Despite this, Thunacar Knott is often by-passed by
walkers because of its uninspiring appearance, being just a slight rise
on the moorland between Harrison Stickle and High Raise. Indeed, many
people do not regard it as a separate fell, considering it just the
outlying highest point of the spectacular Pavey Ark cliffs.
summit of the fell has a small tarn and two tops, with the southern top
being the highest point while the northern top has the more significant
cairn and is often regarded as the true summit. Even though Thunacar
Knott is quite insignificant it is slightly higher than all the
surrounding area and gives good all round views with the prospect to the
west being especially fine.
Many walkers feel compelled to climb
Thunacar Knott in order to complete their list of “Wainwright” fells and
they usually do this while climbing the more popular neighbouring fells.
The usual starting point is the New Dungeon Ghyll Hotel in Great
Langdale and goes via Stickle Ghyll, Stickle Tarn and Pavey Ark.
Thunacar Knott can also be climbed from Stonethwaite in Borrowdale via
Langstrath and the Stake Pass.
routes near Thunacar Knott