5th February 2017

Crummock Water, Rannerdale, Buttermere and Scale Force

Time 9:50am to 2:40pm
Duration 4 hr 50 min
Distance 9.6 mile
Ascent It doesn't feel like it but somewhere around 1400 ft
Walking with Rod Hepplewhite
Scalehill Bridge - Brackenthwaite Hows - Lanthwaite Wood - Crummock Water - Cinderdale Common - Rannerdale - Buttermere - Scale Bridge - Scale Force - Crummock Water - Pump House - Fish Ladder - Lanthwaite Wood - Scalehill Bridge
Fells visited
Directory places visited

Starting Point Information Centre -
Car Park, Scalehill Bridge Loweswater / Crummock Water

This is a decent sized and very popular car park. Only a short walk from Crummock Water but, we the public are charged heavily for the privileged of leaving our cars here.

Route Map


The start of today's expedition would take us from the car park up through the woods and onto Brackenthwaite Hows. A great little fell with lovely views all round and, some surprisingly steep rocky sections on the way up.

Just short of the top of Brackenthwaite Hows and Lorton Vale comes into view.

As does Grasmoor

along with the view over Loweswater to the fells around Carling Knott.

and lastly, a photo of Crummock Water, Mellbreak and the snow topped Red Pike, High Stile and High Crag.

On the way back through the woods I came across this cave dweller trying and failing to start a fire by rubbing two sticks together.

Down by the waters edge and we look down the length of Crummock Water to Rannerdale Knotts, the High Stile ridge and up on the right is a section of Mellbreak.


Although today's walk would take us right round Crummock, the route doesn't actually stick to the shoreline for very long. What we did here was head into Rannerdale and over the end of Rannerdale Knotts as a roadless route into Buttermere. Pity about the lack of Bluebells but I can always come back again in May. Ah yes, , , , good old May, a month with a hot sunny days, short nights, green leaves, flowers and sun tans. A happy time of insect bites, scary cows in fields and two long weekends.

The view back across Cinderdale Common.


Whiteless Pike, seen from the bridge over Squat Beck in Rannerdale.

And before we start walking down to Buttermere, we look back to admire the view through Rannerdale.

High Crag, High Stile and Red Pike.

Buttermere public information wall.


Rod adds scale to Scale Force. No pun intended unless you really want there to be.

Dinner was ate near the waterfalls but there were several reasons why we didn't hang around for long. The main one was Rod's fault as he had forgotten to bring the sun loungers and the other, if I can quote Sandy Powell, was because "the temperature got so low we had to stoop down to see it and our fingers were so cold we couldn't handle the billiard cue's".

If you can remember when he said this, congratulations on reaching such a ripe old age.
If you've heard of him, well done on having a head full of interesting trivia.
If you've no idea what I'm talking about - google it.


We battled our way through mud, water, bogs and several quagmires to reach Low Ling Crag and do you know what Ladies and Gentlemen, the bottoms of our trousers were so dirty we were even refused entry into the Buttermere and district muck spreading competition on grounds of not being dressed to a high enough standard of cleanliness.

On t'other side of'd lake Grasmoor and Whiteside (or is it White Side) enjoy a good spell of sunshine.

The pump house.

Here's one last picture showing Grasmoor.

And to finish, we walk over the bridge, past the fish traps and back to the cars. As we said at the time, "yes, a good walk for this time of year"

David Hall -
Lake District Walks