Devotees of obscure stone circle viewing would likely have Knipescar low on their list. This shy limestone plateau north of Shap boasts one such circle on the OS map, but from what I could only questionably observe, it exists mainly in the imagination of academic archaeologists.
However, on a crisp, blue sky, nip-in-the-air winter's morning it was sheer delight. I took a concocted route so that I could arrive at the northern end and walk back along the whole plateau to take in the highest point, and hopefully, the stone circle. The former turned out to be indeterminate, and the latter was unconvincing in its apparently natural appearance. BUT, the cropped turf, wide Land Rover track along the undulating fell top, which is not shown on the OS map, provided the perfect walking surface, even in the prevailing muddy conditions. There were splendid views to the larger Lake District hills, and a glimpse of Haweswater across the Lowther valley - spring was on the way.
|Part of Knipescar Common plateau|
|North west from approximate summit of Knipescar|
|Big zoom to Haweswater|
|Riggindale and High Street|
|My car is just visible on side of road, top left - spring is here.|
|We wondered what was sticking up on this summit so...|
|...a touch of zoom with the camera, and who needs binoculars?|
|Ahhh! Yes I know...|
|Ours was the pink route - location - from the A 509 Conston road, just up from Greenodd|