Rannerdale Knotts

Route: Rannerdale Knotts

Area: Western Lake District 

Date of walk: 26th January 2018

Walkers: Andrew and Gilly

Distance: 3.0 miles

Ascent: 1,100 feet

Weather: Sun and blue skies

Rannerdale Knotts is relatively short in stature at 1,160 feet, but what it lacks in height it more than makes up for in its rugged mountainous character and the beauty of its surroundings

This is a fell we’ve climbed numerous times and we could never tire of it

On a glorious morning we parked in the National Trust car park at Hause Point and from here the ascent starts almost immediately. Within a few minutes there were lovely views over Crummock Water and Buttermere. After a steep section up a rocky staircase we were soon on the north top enjoying some lovely views. We carried on along the knobbly summit ridge known as Low Bank and as we did so decided that instead of our usual return route along Rannerdale (which is in shade for most of the day during the winter months) we’d descend towards Buttermere and walk back along the flanks of Rannerdale Knotts. This would be unthinkable in May, when the famous Rannerdale bluebells are a spectacular sight, but it was a good choice today

As we descended towards Buttermere we joined a narrow path which runs at mid-level above Great Wood, giving good views over Crummock Water along the way. Near Hause Point we met up with our original ascent path and from here retraced our steps back to the start of a wonderful short walk

I’ve added a postscript to this walk, with a few photos of an event which took place on the following day.  A planning application has been submitted for 8 zip wires to be strung across Thirlmere, together with associated infrastructure. Click here for details of this awful proposal – in the centre of a National Park and a World Heritage Site. Gilly and I attended a very well organised rally in protest against the scheme, where we listened to several moving speeches by people who care passionately about the Lake District. Let us hope that the application will be refused by the planning authority

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