Rannerdale Knotts

Rannerdale Knotts

Route: Rannerdale Knotts

Area: Western Lake District 

Date of walk: 22nd June 2023

Walkers: Andrew, Gilly, Tom, Charlotte and baby Finley

Distance: 3.0 miles

Ascent: 1,100 feet

Weather: Sunny

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

We made an early start and parked in the small National Trust car park at Hause Point. From here the ascent starts almost immediately. Within a few minutes there were lovely views over Crummock Water and Buttermere. It’s a steep climb but made much easier in recent years thanks to the addition of a rock staircase. We were soon on the north top of the fell enjoying good views over Crummock Water. Nephew Tom was carrying six month old Finley in a baby back pack and today was Finley’s first Wainwright, but he knew nothing about it as he’d fallen asleep – he’ll have to do it on his own two feet one day

We set off along the knobbly summit ridge, clambering down a slightly awkward gully at one point. There are lovely views of both Crummock Water and Buttermere along the way. Eventually we reached an easier grassy section known as Low Bank. At the end of the ridge there’s a fork in the path and choice of return routes – either left along Rannerdale or right, along a path which heads towards Buttermere and then turns towards Crummock Water side. We opted for the former today, as it’s slightly shorter and my new knee, replaced four months ago, was starting to suffer. Click here to see the alternative route and here to see the famous Rannerdale bluebells, which would be over by now. If walking this route in May the return via Rannerdale and its bluebells is unmissable

We descended down High Rannerdale and entered the bluebell area at a footbridge over Squat Beck, which we didn’t cross. It just remained to walk below the crags of Rannerdale Knotts to the end of the walk near the shore of Crummock Water

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