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Name:Benson Knott
Hill number:5292
Height:319m / 1047ft
Parent (Ma):2665  Lambrigg Fell
RHB Section:34D: Southern Cumbria
Nuttall/Wainwright area:Lake District - Far Eastern Fells
County/UA:Cumbria (CoU)
Class:Hump, Tump (300-399m), Clem
Grid ref:SD 54840 94143
Summit feature:no feature 3m NE of cairn
Col:186m  SD567932  
OS map sheet(s):(1:50k) 97
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Walked by lanes from Camping and Caravan Club campsite north of Kendal up to Laverstock Bridge. Path from there up to the twin summits of Benson Knott visiting the cairned one first and then the trig. Took direct route from Benson Knott across pasture to The Planting, again visiting both summits. Then followed lanes down to the LDNPA offices in Kendal where I was working for a few days. Just under 13km in about 2 hr 15 m.Herbert Anchovy15/08/2019
Evening walk over fields from near reservoirN.Morters27/03/2019
Climbed from Morrisons car park via Riverside path,feild paths, quiet country lanes to railway bridge.Bridleway then taken past farm up to access land onto twin summitrobert14/01/2019
Parked at 542953 against the railway bridge. Short road walk east and then a track SE to a stile/gate at 549944. Then an ATV track to summit. Great views! Solo. One hour return.bolton29/12/2018
Small parking area on W. side of railway bridge at 542953 - E. along road for 200yd and then up farm track and indistinct RoW to pedestrian gates by wall corner - Continued along indistinct RoW to step stile by locked farm gate and then well-used ATV track/path to summit cairn. (S)gerrybowes31/07/2018
As others, from the layby by the railway bridge. What a cracking little hill this is! Odd that Wainwright didn't include it in his Outlying Fells given that it overlooks Kendal where he lived. Presumably the land was private at the time the book was published - now Access Land. Also it falls outside the LDNP although that wasn't a requirement for inclusion.Crib Goch22/07/2018
Handy layby for parking immediately to W of rly bridge. Good farm track initially then directly over brackeny sheep pastures (2 stone walls to cross). 2 tops at the summit - one is the HP, the other has the trig pillar.jonglew06/07/2018
With K from N. The first mapped field boundary S of barn area isn't there!Ashley26/03/2018
Short triangular walk from houses on Appleby Road (you can park by rly bridge about 200 m away if needed). All on row/ access land Pleasant, to nice dry tops with good views; nicer way on return alongside old, mixed estate plantation. With Petepwheeler05/10/2017
on a long walk round the Kendal skylineIWC08/07/2017
Parked in the layby near the railway bridge on the A685, to the north. Followed the right of way to a gate that gives access to Access Land. The RoW is indistinct after you leave the initial track but the walk through the meadows is a delight. Once on Acess Land a clear path goes to the summit. The view is fantastic, I could have sat all afternoon looking at it. This hill is a wee gem, the only downside is the scary walk along the A685 from the lay-by to the start of the RoW.Sprog01/07/2017
Fine twin topped hill - unfortunately raining, so views limited, but could see Kendal & Morecambe bay.ger30/05/2017
Up the bridleway from the N. From the summits, walked SE to cross the wall out and back onto The Planting, then S, easily crossing the wall to reach the footpath down the W side of Fisher Tarn.Moorponder07/04/2017
Good parking on the Kendal side of the Railway bridge to the north (alt 143m). Easy path all the way to the open access. Climb over a stile then a good track across rough fell to the top. 3.49 km return. 1 hour. 143m ascent.moorsman05/04/2017
A good walk up from railway bridge across the pastures then onto access land above.jenx23/10/2016
Up from bridge to North, very dodgy walking back up to the FP with limited verge to escape traffic. Lane finishes shortly after farm building then unmarked path up to top field gate then higher gate. Having walked both ways the Southern approach is better, starts higher and the lane by the transmitter leads to a gate and access land. Good parking nearby.nordicstar23/10/2016
On our way home from Westmorland - Parked on the A685 (next to the Railway Overbridge) back along the road to the old Tollhouse then up the track and across the fields to bag Hay Fell (Benson Knott summit) and trig on the secondary hill summit next to this.briandavies30/05/2016
Kendal circular.Smudge15/01/2016
Solo from bridge on A685. ROW through a couple of fields then open access land at the top. Nice enough summit with great panorama.simon and co10/08/2015
From SD 54248 95334.summitsup31/05/2015
From home via Birds Park Farm and Paddy Lane, returning via Singleton Park. Superb conditions - sunny, cold, light snow under foot.Nutty01/02/2015
Up from Meal Bank junction on cold,very clear late winter afternoon.Great views all round.With Oscar.catman01/02/2015
With Catman.oscarrosie01/02/2015
From railway bridge, path then access land.rhalstead27/12/2014
Ran up with HannahJim B26/10/2014
From home via Spindle Woods - Paddy Lane - A685 - Benson Knott, returning via Birds Park Farm. 8 milesNutty27/04/2014
Usual route. First time out with new Alt-Berg Tethera boots.Nutty24/03/2014
From home via Birds Park Farm, Paddy Lane, A685. Returned same way. First time out with new Alt-Berg Fremington boots.Nutty16/03/2014
I arrived at Oxenholme train station early afternoon so came up here for something to do. On paper it should have been nice and straightforward though some badly timed low mist meant that the exercise turned into a bit more of an adventure than I'd imagined.Alex C16/03/2014
From home in good weather to summit trig point (lower top) returning via Fisher Tarn.... not recommended, no right of way!Nutty29/12/2013
From home in low cloud to trig point (lower top) returning via Fisher Tarn.Nutty17/11/2013
Straightforward ascent. Parked by the railway bridge.JohnW28/09/2013
A quick Sunday lunchtime walk with Eire, Evan, Sail, Danu, Coel & Alfie. Access Land.Dangerous Dave28/07/2013
From the south nr mast, parking for couple of cars. Cut through pasture deep in wet grass (awaiting cutting) to open land and easy tracks to top and trig point. Back same way. Grand views to lakesnordicstar19/07/2012
From small lay-by by bridge over railway on A685 at SD 54246 95339. The obvious public footpath doesn't exist on the ground but easy grasy terrain no problem.David Gradwell26/02/2012
Easy parking for 1 car to NNW by beginning of path. 2 gates and no need to find a way over any walls.destaylor14/02/2012
Direct steep ascent from W. Summit about 110m beyond trig.Aye Jimmy03/08/2011
Walked from Kendal town centre along the A685 which was pathless after Morrisons. After bridge over WCML i took the PROW to firstly the trig & then then the HuMP summit. Returned as outward. On own.MorecambeMonkey25/01/2011
From south through recently cleared silage fields. GR8 views south and west.Dugswell202/08/2010
Parked in layby. Over a rail bridge on bridal path to Hay Fell. Over 2 cross walls into mist. To right hand tump with trig 5733 then steeply down to a narrow slot and up to higher hump 319m. No views - mist and rain. 14.30.arranc22/03/2010
double top - cairn top is higher, but trig point has better view - one for a clear day when you want a great view but to avoid the crowdsgigglejon09/02/2008
LDWA event. Boyd's Kendal Skyline Memorial Walk. Also Benson Knott Fell Race on 3rd Sept 1996.ADT09/09/2007
Restricted area. I did this on a challenge walk with the LDWA called Boyds Skyline Walk. This is why it is in as 2007 and not 2008 when i started recording peaks visitedlittlemisslakes06/09/2007
Appleby Road > BENSON KNOTT summit at SD 54869 94154 there is as OS trig pillar (S5733) to the SW at SD 54727 94131 317.601m > Appleby RoadTony Hartry17/05/2007
From Mealbanknickywood111/04/2004
lovely hill & view, E summit 1-2m higher than trig summit. from gate on road to SW RHW15/11/2002
With two month old Jamie in papoose carriervegibagger30/08/1999
Bought some new trekking boots in A'side for my forthcoming Nepal trip (Mera Peak) then Lesley cycled to Kendal YH whilst I drove, with time to nip up this Clem top before rejoining her at hostel. L cycled back to Leeds next day(!) whilst I drove back to SheffieldChris Pearson25/09/1997