31st August 2012

Raining on Rannerdale Knotts


Walk Overview
Time 13.40 to 15.10
Duration 1 hr 30 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

As I was updating the website with this walk I was also watching the weather forecast was on the news (who said men can't multi task). The presenter told us that today was technically the last day of summer, a summer which was the wettest, dullest and coolest on record. You can't argue with that can you.
Hopefully a change in the season will bring a change in the weather and we'll get some nice sunny autumn days. To close the subject I'll just say goodbye summer 2012 and no, it hasn't been a pleasure to know you.

There's no lengthy walk from the car to this Fell. The car is just down there in the small parking area on the right.

On the opposite side of Crummock is Red Pike (the highest point on the left) and Starling Dodd (in the background on the right).

For a small fell like this, Rannerdale Knotts certainly has a steep path up this side of it. To state the obvious, the steepness doesn't last long.

Looking towards the head of the valley and the higher fells are all free from cloud. At least they are now anyway, but once the rain set in the cloud lowered and tops vanished.

As I said, this side of the fell is steep.

The steepness of the fell and the crags give an impressive foreground for a picture of Crummock Water and Loweswater in the distance.

I'm not quite at the highest point (that's it just over there), but still a fine view nonetheless.

Rannerdale Knotts summit in front of Red Pike and High Stile.

Looking across the ridge towards Robinson. The waterproofs were on by this point and it looked like the rest of the walk would be a wet one.

A close up of Buttermere.

A broadside view of Whiteless Pike.

At the end of the ridge the route almost doubles back on itself as it heads into Rannerdale. I'm now walking into heavier rain

A nice new bridge replaces the one that was damaged in the floods in 2009. Lets hope this one isn't put to the test.

High above is Whiteless Pike.

It's only a short walk around the base of the fell to get back to the car. Over there on the opposite side of the lake is Mellbreak.

The top of Grasmoor was gone from view and the problem I now had was getting out of the waterproofs and into the car without getting wet all over again.

David Hall -
Lake District Walks