On a clear day there can’t be many better 360 degree views of the Yorkshire Dales than the one from the top of Great Knoutberry Hill. At 2,200ft and a position at the junction of several major dales it provides a breathtaking aspect. I approached it via Dent Railway Station from where the views back down Dentdale are spectacular enough but a good 700ft further up at the hill’s trig point the Howgills, Garsdale, Wild Boar Fell, Wensleydale, Widdale and the Three Peaks all come into the reckoning. On clearer days than when I visited on Saturday, you can make out the Lake District, the northern Pennines and even see over the Vale of York. It’s not that many years ago that Great Knoutberry Hill was out of bounds but now the route to the top is on access land and well worth the effort. Watch out for June’s edition of Dalesman when we’ll be featuring the walk in detail. My photo shows Dentdale from the bridleway, several hundred feet from the summit.