Great Knipe 515m
Great Stainmore 290m
Polly Moss 522m
The three trigs visited are situated to the north and south of the A66 between Penrith and Scotch Corner.
At last some decent weather but still a bit broody. Great Knipe is north of A66 on a dual carrigeway and I was unsure where to set off from. In retropsect the B road to Banks Gate would have been better, or the transport cafe car park. As it was I took a shortcut across some fields from North Stainmore to pick up the lane from Banks Gate, and I was accosted by the farmer. Of course I was very humble, and eventually he became friendly and gave me good instructions for the ascent. There was an unpleasant section of reedy marsh and Jake the dog was not happy; he seems to be having some breathing problems when the going is strenuous, but he is thirteen years old.
The views of the A66 and the transport cafe below were impressive. I was able to get back to the south side of the A66 on my return at Banks Gate and then back to the road on a farm track.
The main interest was the plaque stating that this trig point was the final one used in the 1962 triangulation epic.
Trig no. 2. The arrow points to Gt. Knipe (prev. trig)
By the time I got to the third trig the light was going and although very close to the road it is a wild and isolated spot - quite atmospheric.