Rannerdale Knotts

Western Lake District

Route: Rannerdale Knotts

Area: Western Lake District

Date of walk: 22nd May 2015

Walkers: Andrew and Gilly

Distance: 3.4 miles

Weather: Cloudy with some bright spells

For most of the day it drizzled with rain and cloud was covering the fells from head to toe. We’d more or less abandoned the idea of a walk but then late in the afternoon there was a break in the clouds and it was game on

We knew that the famous Rannerdale bluebells would be in flower so without ado we set off and parked in the small car park at the foot of Rannerdale Knotts. The climb up the fell starts immediately and it’s an interesting route up rocky staircases to the top, with wonderful retrospective views over Crummock Water, and today we could see over the Solway Firth to Scotland

As we walked along the summit ridge we had glimpses of the delight in store – swathes of blue on the fellside below confirmed that we’d got our timing right, the bluebells were in flower

We made our way down Rannerdale to the lower part of the valley where the bluebells were flowering in profusion, an amazing sight and smell – and an unusual one since they grow on open fellside rather than their usual habitat of woodland. After savouring this amazing spectacle we made the short walk back to the car park

IMPORTANT NOTE: I’ve been asked by the National Trust (North Lakes) to add this message to my post, and I do so willingly in order to try and help safeguard this wonderful display:

“Rannerdale’s bluebells are renowned as a natural wonder, beloved of visitors and photographers; however, they are being ‘loved to death’. Once the plants are damaged by trampling they can’t photosynthesise enough energy and it can take them years to recover. Over the last 5 years, nearly 25% of the bluebells have been lost. To save the bluebells, and access to them, the National Trust are asking visitors to fight the urge to get in amongst the flowers and just simply stick to the path. Only by protecting them today can we ensure everyone has a chance to enjoy this special spring display in the future.”

Could I please urge anyone following this walk to comply with the message

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