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School Knott Windermere


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School Knott Windermere

Wainwright wasn't right about everything!

School Knott is a small peak that overlooks the town of Windermere and the lake of the same name. In his guide to the outlying fells Wainwright criticised the hill, but it has long been a favourite with those who live in the area and tourists who are "in the know", and for good reason.

To reach the summit our video follows a pleasant country walk along narrow lanes and tracks and across pasture land to reach a small tarn, before making the final ascent to the summit. We chose this route as opposed to the more direct one as when you climb the fell there is little indication of the quality of the view that appears as you reach the top.

It is ironic that Wainwright should pour scorn on this delightful little fell, as the views rival, and in some respects, better those of Orrest Head, which he famously walked in 1930 and from which he found the inspiration to explore the Lake District and later produce his wonderful series of guides.

For all of it's delights, School Knott is certainly less popular than Orrest Head. Both are featured on this site, so you can check them both out and make up your own mind. Better still, get your boots on and give them both a try.

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The busy tourist hot spot of Bowness on Windermere has plenty for the visitor to see, but if you want to escape the tourist hustle and bustle then just a couple of miles away is a haven of peace and tranquility.

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School Knott is one of the summits featured in the following Jonathan Craig Guides. Click the picture of the book for more information.

Accommodation near School Knott

"Nowt But Scenery"

This book of walks around Windermere is available as a general version and also with instructions from a number of hotels.

Thornbank House Belsfield Hotel
Burn How Hotel White Lodge