Crummock Water from Rannerdale Knotts

Rannerdale Knotts

Route: Rannerdale Knotts

Area: Western Lake District 

Date of walk: 4th February 2020

Walkers: Andrew

Distance: 3.0 miles

Ascent: 1,100 feet

Weather: Cloudy with a few few sunny patches 

Rannerdale Knotts is one of the smallest lakeland fells, standing at the modest height of 1,160 feet. 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 I’ve climbed numerous times – 30 to be precise – and I could never tire of it

I parked in the small 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  I was soon on the north top enjoying more good views

I 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. I opted for the latter today, as the valley route has restricted views and is mostly out of the sun during winter months. 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

I 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 I met up with my original ascent path and from here retraced my steps back to the start

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