Knock Pike

Knock Pike

Knock Pike is one of a number of shapely foothills that adorn the lower slopes of the Cross Fell range overlooking the Eden Valley.

Height (m): 398
Height (ft): 1306
Prominence (m): 101
Classification: HuMP
Hill No: 5303
Grid Ref: NY685282
OS Map OL19 / OL31
No. of Visits 1

Knock Pike is the lowest of my list of 68 North Pennine summits. In terms of prominence however it ranks eighth on the list with 101m of height gained from its col with Flagdaw, a higher but much less interesting hill to the north-east.

Knock Pike from the east
Knock Pike from the east

It is interesting to note that situated below the high fells of Cross Fell range (which features the four highest summits in the entire Pennine range), there are a succession of shapely foothills. To the south of Knock Pike is Dufton Pike which is probably the best known. Others include Burney Hill and the likes of Brownber Hill, Murton Pike and Roman Fell.

The steep grassy slopes of Knock Pike
The steep grassy slopes of Knock Pike

These miniature mountains are generally much more shapely than the vast moors that tower above them to the east. The difference in shapes and sizes is down to geology. Most of the Pennine range has an underlying base of limestone or gritstone formed during the Carboniferous period. Both Knock Pike and Dufton Pike however are made from a rock known as Borrowdale Volcanics which was laid down during the Ordovician period around 450 million years ago. These are very old hills!!

Knock Pike from the enclosed lane leaving Knock at Town End Farm
Knock Pike from the enclosed lane leaving Knock at Town End Farm

There are no footpaths as such to the top of Knock Pike but fortunately it lies on open access land. It can be reached easily from its namesake village of Knock which is just a mile away to the south. From the eastern end of the village take the enclosed lane heading north from Town End Farm. Continue along the path after it becomes unenclosed as it contours around the base of Knock Pike and above Swindale Beck. After passing through the wall at grid reference NY689282 turn left to follow the wall around. Upon reaching its highest point on the 350m contour simply turn right and head uphill to the summit.

The quarry on the north-eastern slopes of Knock Pike
The quarry on the north-eastern slopes of Knock Pike

This is the quickest route up. On my visit I actually bagged Knock Pike and Flagdaw on my way back down from Knock Fell. Upon reaching the deep col between Flagdaw and Knock Pike I turned right and followed a track to the large disused quarry on the north-eastern side of Knock Pike. From there I took a path climbing to the left of the quarry. This led me up to the saddle between Knock Pike and the minor top situated above the quarry. From the saddle I then turned left to climb to the top.

The Cross Fell range from the top of Knock Pike
The Cross Fell range from the top of Knock Pike

As with Dufton Pike, the summit of Knock Pike is unadorned by cairn or Ordnance Survey trig point. It is a neat grassy top with an excellent 360 panorama which contrasts the Cross Fell range to the east with more distant views across the Eden valley to the west. If you are lucky enough to have good visibility then a whole line of Lakeland summits can also be seen.

The view across the Eden valley to the south-west
The view across the Eden valley to the south-west

Knock Pike Walks

9th February 2018 – Distance: 9.2 miles: Knock – Knock Gill – Pennine Way – Knock Fell – Dun Fell access road – Flagdaw – Knock Pike – Knock.
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