The Knowe Fell trig point is located to the north-west of Malham Tarn towards the end of the long southern ridge of Fountains Fell. It was built in 1949 as one of the third order of trig points.
|Station Name:||Knowe Fell|
|Date Built:||18th August 1949|
|Levelling Date:||1st June 1951|
|Historic Use:||3rd order|
|TUK Ref No:||TP4295|
|No. of Visits:||3|
It is not the easiest of trig points to get to. All three times I’ve been to Knowe Fell it has been by following the wall south from Fountains Fell. On the first two occasions I came across a section of ground that wobbled underfoot like blancmange. An alternative approach is to climb up alongside the wall from the Henside to Tennant Gill bridleway to the south.
On my first visit visibility was just about good enough to see each of the Three Peaks. That was back in 2004 and my camera wasn’t particularly good so I didn’t get great photos. On my second visit a year later the weather was fairly dreadful and the furthest my friend and I can see was about ten yards from the trig point.
Just under 13 years later I finally came back for a third attempt. It really was a case of third time lucky. With patches of sunlight and dramatic cloud in the sky it was perfect conditions to enjoy the sweeping views. Indeed, I would go as far to say that, along with the Cosh Outside trig point, it is one of the best trig points for views of Three Peaks country.