Warrendale Knotts

Warrendale Knotts

Warrendale Knotts is the name of a superb series of limestone knolls situated above Settle and Langcliffe and immediately to the west of Attermire Scar.

Height (m): 440
Height (ft): 1444
Prominence (m): 40
Classification: Four
Hill No: 16363
Grid Ref: SD833642
OS Map OL2
No. of Visits 4

The steep western flanks of Warrendale Knotts and its close neighbour to the south, High Hill, dominate the town of Settle. The limestone scars and outcrops providing a wonderful backdrop to the town. The finest prospect however is from the south where the full set of knolls can be clearly seen.

Warrendale Knotts from Sugar Loaf
Warrendale Knotts from Sugar Loaf

From this angle it looks like there are numerous well defined summits on Warrendale Knotts. In truth it is only the main western top that has enough prominence to be regarded as a summit in its own right.

Limestone outcrops of Warrendale Knotts
Limestone outcrops of Warrendale Knotts

There are no public rights of way to the top of Warrendale Knotts though there are a number of thin walkers paths that can be used to access the summit. Despite being the steepest side these paths are generally found approaching from the Dales High Way to the south.

Looking towards the highest of the Warrendale Knotts
Looking towards the highest of the Warrendale Knotts

Perhaps the most direct route is to take the stile in the wall at grid reference SD832640. Across the thin stile a thin path slants up below the limestone cliff above before heading steeply for a nick in the scar above. Once above it is then an easy walk to the summit on grass.

The stile leading to one route on to the top
The stile leading to one route on to the top

The summit has an Ordnance Survey trig point, surrounded by a shelter at its southern end. This is officially the summit though I have a feeling that the cairn to the north is higher. The view from the trig point is excellent, particularly to the south. There is also a good prospect looking back down to Settle. Oddly the trig point is labelled as Stainforth on the Ordnance Survey database.

The trig point looking down towards Settle
The trig point looking down towards Settle

The cairn to the north is sat atop a small but attractive limestone pavement. The view north from the cairn overlooking Ribblesdale is simply fantastic, one of the best views in the dale. Closer to hand there is also a fine view of nearby Attermire Scar. Whilst it is easy to pick out the entrance to Victoria Cave it also entertaining to try and spot some of the many other caves on the scar.

The view of Ribblesdale from the cairn
The view of Ribblesdale from the cairn

Warrendale Knotts has its own caves as well. The easiest to reach is one at the foot of the main knoll and can be easily seen and accessed from the public footpath running below Warrendale Knotts. The cave is not very deep but makes a perfect shelter in poor weather.

The cave at the foot of Warrendale Knotts
The cave at the foot of Warrendale Knotts

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