The Knowe Fell Trig Point

Knowe Fell Trig Point

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
OSGB36 No: SD96T022
Date Built: 18th August 1949
Levelling Date: 1st June 1951
Historic Use: 3rd order
Current Use: None
Height (m): 593.445
Flush Bracket: S5526
TUK Ref No: TP4295
Grid Ref: SD866685
OS Map: OL2
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.

The trig point's flush bracket
The trig point’s flush bracket

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.

The 'view' on my second visit to the Knowe Fell trig point.
The ‘view’ on my second visit to the Knowe Fell 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.

Pen-y-ghent, Plover Hill and Fountains Fell from the Knowe Fell trig point
Pen-y-ghent, Plover Hill and Fountains Fell from the Knowe Fell trig point

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