31st July 2011

Rannerdale Knotts and a short section of Crummock Water


Walk Overview
Time 09.50 to 11.20
Duration 1 hr 30 min
Distance 3.3 mile
Ascent 1200 ft
Walking with On my own
Near Rannerdale Farm - Rannerdale Knotts - Low Bank - High House Crag - Crummock Water - Hause Point - Near Rannerdale Farm
Fells visited
Directory places visited

Starting Point Information Centre
Parking spaces, Rannerdale Farm

Just one of a series of small car parks along this section of road . This one offering the quickest access to Rannerdale Knotts and the small valley of Rannerdale, which during the latter part of spring has one of the best displays of blue bells you'll find anywhere.

Parking is free.


Route Map

Looking across Crummock Water.

Before you know it you've gained enough height to get this view across the lake towards Low Fell and Fellbarrow.


Rannerdale Knotts may well be a one of the lower Lakeland fells, but what it lacks in height, this end of the fell certainly makes up for in steepness. If this were a three thousand footer, it would be one of the hardest climbs in the Lake District.


Rannerdale Knotts summit.
The high fell in the left is Robinson. Fleetwith Pike is in the centre of the photo and Grey Knotts, Brandreth, Green Gable, Great Gable, Haystacks and Kirk Fell are on the right hand side.

and again, with Great Borne and Starling Dodd in the distance.

and once more, this time showing Mellbreak, Loweswater, Crummock Water, Low Fell and Fellbarrow.

Heading across the ridge.

A view back along to the summit.

Patchwork fields behind Buttermere.

Looking across to Newlands Pass.


"If you look around now, you can take a photo of that squirrel as well"
"Thanks very much, I hadn't spotted that"

"I'm finished now, so you can carry on with whatever you were doing"
"Don't flatter yourself, I'm not standing still so you can take a photo, I just don't want you to see where I bury this nut"

"Well you didn't think I could talk to cows as well did you"

I assume this was the original road at one time; obviously this was during a gentler time before the motor car began to dictate how how things should be.

From the roadside above the lake I took this picture of High Stile, Dodd (not the Skiddaw one) and Red Pike (not the Wasdale one).

A view back along the road with the distinctive shapes of Fleetwith Pike and Haystacks in the distance.


The sign says:
The National Trust / Agricultural Land No Public Access.
Maybe this guy works for the National Trust and he's been asked to move the sign to the dry end of the fence.

David Hall -
Lake District Walks