Rannerdale Knotts

Rannerdale Knotts

Route: Rannerdale Knotts

Area: Western Lake District 

Date of walk: 17th November 2018

Walkers: Andrew and Gilly

Distance: 4.8 miles

Ascent: 1,200 feet

Weather: Sun and blue skies – not a cloud in sight

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

We usually park in the National Trust car park at Hause Point, but today parked at Cinderdale Common – this would add a couple of miles to the itinerary, but as it was a glorious morning we were in no hurry. We forded Cinderdale Beck and followed the path into High Rannerdale, crossing Squat Beck via the wooden footbridge. From here we walked to Hause Point to begin the ascent of Rannerdale Knotts

This starts quite gently and is followed by a steep section up a gully. This was once a scrambly affair, but progress has been made much easier in recent years by the addition of rock steps. Before long we arrived at the north top, from where there are some lovely views over Crummock Water. We carried on along the knobbly summit ridge known as Low Bank and at the end of the ridge we were faced with two possible routes back. We could have made the obvious choice and walked back along Rannerdale, but the valley is in shade during winter months. Instead we descended towards Buttermere, turning right before the village to follow a faint path above Great Wood and along the lower flanks of Rannerdale Knotts. Such a choice would be unthinkable in May, when the famous Rannerdale bluebells are in flower, but it was a good decision today

When we reached Hause Point we briefly retraced our steps to the foot of the fell and then walked back to Cinderdale Common along the valley road

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