Lakeland Walking Breaks

Post Knott and Brantfell


Post Knott and Brantfell

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School Knott

Orrest Head

Cockshott Point

Bowness and Windermere

Claife Heights and Far Sawrey

Biskey Howe and Sherrifs Wood


Accommodation near to Post Knott and Brantfell

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Belsfield Hotel, a Lake District Hotel in Bowness on Windermere The Burn How Hotel, a Lake Distrcit Hotel in Bowness on Windermere
Thornbank House, a lake District Guest House in Windermere White Lodge, a Lake district guest house in Bowness on Windermere

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Post Knott is a seemingly insignificant outcrop of rock overlooking Bowness Bay that became famous in Victorian times. A wide carriageway was constructed to enable horse drawn coaches to reach the viewpoint. Seats were built at intervals in the walls along the carriageway to enable walkers to rest, and also to provide carriage customers with a seat should their journey be interrupted for any reason.

Brantfell is the hill behind Post Knott. Considerably higher and steeper, it was deemed to be too far for Victorian tourists to venture, but in modern terms offers a relatively easy climb. The views from the summit are well worth the effort. .

On the route up are seats set into the wall. Built over 100 years ago, they still work as well as ever, however, we certainly do not recommend sitting on this one during a gale!

Post Knott features one of the finest views in the Lake District, with the Northern Basin of Windermere, Loughrigg and Fairfield, all prominent.

Anything Post Knott can do, Brantfell does equally well, as these two shots from the summit clearly demontrate.

Have a look at our video of Post Knott, to find out why this seemingly insignificant lump of rock became so popular with Victorian tourists when there were far better viewpoints just a short distance away.

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