Becky and I set off from home at 5am this morning destined for the South Lakes. The journey down was enjoyable. Instead of heading towards Glasgow and thereafter taking the M74 with all its surrounding windfarms, we instead headed for Edinburgh and thereafter took the A7 through Galashiels and Hawick. A much more pleasant route.

I decided to ascend Hutton Roof Crags today, a hill I have had on my wish-list for a number of years. Hutton Roof Crags is a Site of Special Scientific Interest (SSSI) thanks to its fantastic limestone pavements. A significant proportion of the UK's limestone pavement is to be found on Hutton Roof Crags and neighbouring Farleton Knott.

I wasn't sure where best to park for this one, so a quick check of previous ascents logged on the Hillbagging website suggested the Plain Quarry car park.

Hill: Hutton Roof Crags
Date: Saturday 2nd April 2016
Company: Myself and Becky
Distance: 3.6km, Ascent: 110m
Time: 1Hr 10Mins

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After taking a photo at Plain Quarry, we followed a path heading in the general direction of the hill. There are several paths which can potentially be taken from the car park.

Plain Quarry:

The ascent was fairly pleasant despite the rain and complete mudfest of a track. The track we took during the ascent unfortunately passed very few sections of limestone pavement.

Becky and some nice limestone blocks:

We followed the track running parallel to a stone wall before passing through a small gate in the wall.

Ascent towards Hutton Roof Crags summit:

Beyond the gate, we reached the trig point within a matter of minutes. I was however aware that the trig point is not the summit. The featureless summit is 110m away from the trig point.

Becky at the Hutton Roof Crags trig point:

At the summit of Hutton Roof Crags:

After visiting the summit, and another potential high point not far away which definitely wasn't a high-point once standing on it, we returned back towards the trig point and then back to the gate in the wall.

In order to see more limestone pavement, we took a different track back down the hill. This return track was far, far superior to our ascent track as it passed lots of limestone pavement.

Lots of nice limestone pavement:

On reaching the car, we agreed to ascend another nearby easy Marilyn. We opted for Arnside Knott, a 159m Marilyn above Morecambe Bay. I had ascended this Marilyn previously, in 2014, however it would be a new hill for Becky.

For our ascent of Arnside Knott, we parked in the car park at the road-end.

Hill: Arnside Knott
Date: Saturday 2nd April 2016
Company: Myself and Becky
Distance: 1.8km, Ascent: 72m
Time: 35Mins

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The ascent of Arnside Knott from the car park involved minimal effort. We followed a short steep track leading towards a viewpoint.

Looking towards Morecambe Bay during initial ascent of Arnside Knott:

Becky ascending Arnside Knott:

Morecambe Bay:

At the Arnside Knott viewpoint:

Beyond the viewpoint we walked along fairly level ground towards the summit. During the walk to the summit we passed circa fifteen people. A popular wee hill despite the rain.

On the track towards the summit of Arnside Knott:

We stopped briefly for a photo at an h-shaped tree which has lots of coins pushed into its various cracks.

An h-shaped tree:

Bench near the summit of Arnside Knott:

We visited the trig point and then the summit which is allegedly beside a tree 8m away from the trig point.

Becky at the Arnside Knott trig point:

We initially took a slightly different way back which was good in that it provided views down to Arnside Tower which we had not seen during our ascent.

Arnside Tower:

Descending Arnside Knott:

We eventually met up with our ascent track which we used to descend back to the car.

I am looking forward to a few more hills during the next few days. Just hoping the weather will be better than forecast.