9th March 2013

Rannerdale Knotts and a short section of Crummock Water


Walk Overview
Time 09.30 to 11.00
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

After a nice dry spell, normal service has been resumed and rain has finally returned. It was bound to happen eventually, I just hope it doesn't last until the end of September.

Looking across Crummock Water.

Crummock Water and Buttermere.

Slippery when wet !

Loweswater comes into view as I gain height.


Rannerdale Knotts summit. The higher fells might have been under cloud, but once or twice I caught sight of a fresh dusting of snow.

And again, this time in front of Crummock Water and Loweswater.

That's Buttermere village and lake down there. I didn't walk as far as the lake today, but the route did take me as far as the edge of the village.
Walking along here the wind was blowing the rain full on into my face. You never seem to have an umbrella when you most need one.

Heading down to Buttermere and High House Crag. There were no prolonged views of the higher fells today, although if there had been, I'd have been looking across to Red Pike and High Stile from here.


Buttermere rooftops.

I turned off the road for a while and followed what I can only assume is the original road (route) through the valley. I guess it was easier to build a new road from scratch than upgrade this one.

Luxury holiday accommodation in the Lake District, quiet location, 5 minutes walk from Crummock Water and ample free parking.

An ideal choice for those that couldn't be bothered booking early enough to get somewhere decent in Buttermere.

Bookings can be made by writing to:-
beggerscantbechoosers Campsite

A short walk along the road takes you back to Hause Point and the car park. Actually, I walked along the grass verge, but you know what I mean.
That's Mellbreak on the opposite side of the lake.

Cloud covered High Stile, Red Pike and the one in front is Dodd (not the Skiddaw one).

Almost back at the car and it was raining much heavier now.

Before I headed for home, I took this picture looking over Crummock Water to Gale Fell. From this angle you wouldn't think there was a road running between the top of the wall and the side of the fell.

David Hall -
Lake District Walks