Nursery Knot

Nursery Knot is a prominent limestone knoll situated just above the Greenhow to Grassington road as it drops down below Stump Cross Caverns.

Viewed from certain angles Nursery Knot seems almost like an island of limestone sat in the sea of dark moorland that stretches away to the north. In truth there are plenty of other limestone features in the area but still there is a very definite contrast between Nursery Knot and the other prominent local heights such as High Crag and Simon’s Seat.

Looking down on the limestone 'island' of Nursery Knot
Looking down on the limestone ‘island’ of Nursery Knot

The top of Nursery Knot is very easy to reach as there is room to park a couple of cars at the foot of the hill coming down from Stump Cross Caverns. From there it is a five minute walk to reach two stiles at a junction of walls. Simply climb over the first stile and, ignoring the second one, slant up the grassy slopes on the left. The top of the knoll is marked by a long rib of exposed limestone.

Evening on the summit of Nursery Knot
Evening on the summit of Nursery Knot

For its relatively modest height of 389m Nursery Knot is a great viewpoint. Apart from the above mentioned High Crag and Simon’s Seat there is a superb view of Grimwith Reservoir. Looking north the moor stretches for miles beyond the Wig Stones to the summit of Meugher with Great Whernside further round to the left. Also in view are Fountains Fell, Darnbrook Fell, Plover Hill and High Green Field Knott.

Enjoying the view of Grimwith Reservoir from Nursery Knot
Enjoying the view of Grimwith Reservoir from Nursery Knot

It is for the view more than anything else that I’ve included Nursery Knot in this section. It is a lovely place for relaxed contemplation and is a great spot for catching a sunset from. In fact two of my four visits to date have been specifically to watch the sun go down.

Enjoying the last rays of sunshine on Nursery Knot
Enjoying the last rays of sunshine on Nursery Knot

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