Rannerdale Knotts

Rannerdale Knotts

Route: Rannerdale Knotts

Area: Western Lake District 

Date of walk: 29th June 2019

Walkers: Andrew, Gilly, David and Becca

Distance: 3.0 miles

Ascent: 1,100 feet

Weather: Cloudy with a few few sunny patches – very warm, humid and hazy

Rannerdale Knotts is one of the smallest lakeland fells, standing at the modest height of 1,160 feet.  We’d planned a more ambitious walk today, but thunderstorms were predicted, so it seemed more sensible to climb one of the lower fells. 

What Rannerdale Knotts 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 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 more good views

We carried on along the knobbly summit ridge known as Low Bank. At the end of the ridge there’s a choice of return routes: either back along Rannerdale, or along the Crummock Water side. We opted for the latter today, as the valley route has restricted views. Such a choice would be unthinkable in May, when the famous Rannerdale bluebells are in flower. The sight – and scent – of huge swathes of these flowers growing on open fellside is unmissable

We descended towards Buttermere down the easy grassy slopes and then joined a narrow path which runs at mid-level above Great Wood, giving good views over Crummock Water along the way. The retrospective views back to Haystacks and Fleetwith Pike are particularly good. Near Hause Point we met up with our original ascent path and from here retraced our steps back to the start. The hazy conditions and flat white sky made for poor light for photography, and the photos which follow don’t show the surroundings at their best I’m afraid

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