31st December 2016

The end of 2016 on Rannerdale Knotts

Time 11:45am to 1pm
Duration 1 hr 15 min
Distance 2.7 mile
Ascent 1100ft or there abouts
Walking with On my own
car park - Rannerdale Knotts - Low Bank - above Great Wood - road back to car
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.

Weather Readings

The Gadget
All readings were taken using a Kestrel 2000 Weather Meter
Live temperature recorded at the time I press the hold key
Maximum Wind Speed Maximum wind speed since the weather meter was turned on at each location Average Wind Speed
Average wind speed since the weather meter was turned on at each location
Wind Chill
Combination of wind speed and temperature. The gadget does the calculations not me.

Route Map


And all too soon we find another year has flown by. Most of it was good, some of it was not so good but what ever else 2016 had brought I've had a really great year of walking. 130 walks, almost 1000 miles and a rucksack full of memories to carry around for as long as the old grey matter still functions as it should. As for the walk of the year, well, for the 2nd year running it has to be a walk from Hawkshead (18th June). It's unfair to carry on putting them in order of enjoyment so I'll stop listing them at number 1.

It doesn't take long to get onto the fell on this walk. In fact, the car is just and so out of sight just down there where the road bends. If you trip up when you get out of the car you'll probably land at the bottom of the path.

Looking across to Red Pike, High Stile and High Crag. For the time being they're all free of cloud.

I'm most of the way up now and here's a view looking down to Crummock Water and Loweswater.

Rannerdale Knotts summit.


Today, I had the sudden idea of taking a slightly different route back. Instead of going into Rannerdale or down to Buttermere, I headed for the trees you can see down there.

And as if by magic here I am down at the fence line. It was a decent off path route at this time of year but not one I'd try in the middle of summer - - - - bracken - - - far too much of the stuff.

Looking ahead to Crummock and Mellbreak.

Now I double back on myself to get down to the road.

A view back along the road towards the Buttermere direction. The fell on the left is Robinson, dark fell is Fleetwith Pike and to the right of that is Haystacks.

Given todays date, if you carry on walking along this road you'll end up in 2017.

And not just to finish the walk, but to finish the year, here's a picture looking at a cloud topped Grasmoor.

David Hall -
Lake District Walks