23rd December 2011

Rannerdale Knotts and Rannerdale


Walk Overview
Time 11.00 to 12.15
Duration 1 hr 15 min
Distance 2.7 mile
Ascent 1100 ft
Walking with On my own
Crummock Water - Rannerdale Knotts - Low Bank - Squat Beck - Rannerdale - Crummock Water
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

Crummock Water and the road around Hause Point, taken just along the road from the small car park.

In no time at all you've gained enough height to get this view down Crummock to Low Fell and Fellbarrow.

I know it's really called Crummock Water, but we tend to be very informal and call most of the lakes only by their first names such as Ennerdale, Coniston and Rydal.

Cloud was covering the higher tops today and the only one visible from here was Fleetwith Pike at the far end of the valley.

Rannerdale Knotts may be one of the smallest of the fells, but don't underestimate just how steep this end of the fell is. It doesn't last long at all, and before you know it you're at the top. However, if this were one of the 3000ft fells with a route like this all the way, it would be one of the most challenging walks in the Lake District.

Looking up the steeper section of the route   and now looking back down.

Crummock Water and Loweswater.

A couple of spots of snow can be seen on High Stile from the rocky area near Rannerdale Knotts summit.

Rannerdale Knotts summit in front of Robinson. On the right is Fleetwith Pike, Haystacks and Buttermere.

Still at the summit and now looking towards Mellbreak, Crummock, Loweswater, Low Fell and Fellbarrow.

Grasmoor, topped by cloud.

Walking across the ridge and just about to drop down 'the rocky bit'.

The rocky bit.

A close up of Buttermere, , , , the village, not the lake, although I'm sure you knew what I meant.

A view back along the ridge.

After you've turned sharp left at the end of the ridge, you begin the walk down Rannerdale.

Looking in the same direction as the previous picture from further down the valley.

And now a view back up the way I'd came.

I wonder how many other places have flowers that are described as being "an historic feature".
I feel a bit cheated actually. I came here especially to see the bluebells today when there wouldn't be many people about and I couldn't find any, , , bluebells or people.

Rannerdale Beck.

David Hall -
Lake District Walks