D2: Threlkeld Knotts

8 August 2022

Runnable open terrain on North facing slopes entirely free of bracken and with great views of Blencathra across the valley.

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Nearest town: Keswick
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Latitude: 54.60843
Longitude: -3.03777
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The western part of the area, is a steep hill rising to 500m above sea level and has been extensively mined in the past. It has a wealth of contour detail.  Although parts give fairly quick running for the sure footed there is a lot of loose rock and some extensive boulder fields.  The eastern part, Threlkeld Common, is newer to orienteering and has only been used once.  The common is much flatter and wetter, being almost entirely covered in reeds with scattered boulders.  Only the longer courses will get onto the common.

Things to do in the area include the Threlkeld Mining Museum where you can see equipment of the type used in the area for mining minerals, barytes and slate.The Keswick Pencil museum is a quirky museum telling the story of pencil making in the area following the discovery of graphite in Borrowdale. For something to do outside there is the Greta Gorge walking along the old railway line as it criss crosses the river Greta.

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