Knoutberry Haw

Knoutberry Haw

Knoutberry Haw is a subsidary summit of Baugh Fell, a vast, boggy and largely pathless hill in the north-west of the Yorkshire Dales.

Height (m): 676
Height (ft): 2218
Prominence (m): 20
Classification: Nuttall
Hill No: 2733
Grid Ref: SD731919
OS Map OL19
No. of Visits 2

Situated just over half a mile away, Knoutberry Haw is just two metres lower than Tarn Rigg, the highest point on Baugh Fell. The top of Knoutberry Haw has enough prominence to be included on the Nuttall’s list of 2,000ft high English summits but not emough to meet the slightly more stringent requirements to make the list of Hewitts.

Knoutberry Haw, the subsidary summit of Baugh Fell as seen from Swarth Fell
Knoutberry Haw, the subsidary summit of Baugh Fell as seen from Swarth Fell

The Ordnance Survey chose Knoutberry Haw rather than Tarn Rigg to locate one of their trig points and partly for this reason it makes a much more satisfying summit than the unmarked Tarn Rigg. Curiously the trig point is listed on the Ordnance Survey as East Baugh Fell when it is actually on the western side of the fell and one would have thought either Knoutberry Haw or West Baugh Fell would have been a much more suitable name.

The East Baugh Fell trig point on Knoutberry Haw
The East Baugh Fell trig point on Knoutberry Haw

Knoutberry Haw itself means ‘Cloudberry Hill’ – knoutberry being a local dialect name for the cloudberry, a relative of the raspberry. Knoutberries can still sometimes be found growing high up on these Pennine hills though I don’t recall seeing any on Knoutberry Haw itself. Other fells in the Yorkshire Dales that have a similar name include Great Knoutberry Hill at the end of Dentdale and Naughtberry Hill between Bishopdale and Walden.

Looking towards Knoutberry Haw from Tarn Rigg
Looking towards Knoutberry Haw from Tarn Rigg

The view from Knoutberry Haw is excellent with the Howgill Fells, just to the west, particularly well seen. There are also fine views south across Rise Hill and Dentdale towards Three Peaks country with Whernside especially prominent. Also in view on a clear day are the North Pennines and there is also a nice sighting of Sedbergh beyond the cairn on Garsdale Pike.

A close up of Yarlside in the Howgill Fells with the remains of Baugh Fell Quarry in the foreground
A close up of Yarlside in the Howgill Fells with the remains of Baugh Fell Quarry in the foreground

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