Rannerdale Knotts

Rannerdale Knotts

Route: Rannerdale Knotts

Area: Western Lake District 

Date of walk: 31st July 2020

Walkers: Andrew

Distance: 3.0 miles

Ascent: 1,100 feet

Weather: Mostly sunny, very warm 

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

I made an early start as today was forecast to be the hottest day of the year, with temperatures over 30c. 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. 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 path is quite faint and little used, and it can be hard to locate when the bracken is high, as it was today. The key to navigation is to keep Grassgarth Coppice, Great Wood and the post and wire fence close by on your left. Beyond the wood I continued to traverse the fellside, and near Hause Point I met up with my original ascent path. From here I retraced my steps back to the start

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