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.
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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.
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.
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.
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 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 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.
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.