Rannerdale Knotts

Rannerdale Knotts

Western Lake District

Route: Rannerdale Knotts

Area: Western Lake District

Date of walk: 5th March 2017

Walkers: Andrew

Distance: 3.0 miles

Weather: cloudy with some bright spells

Rannerdale Knotts is relatively short in stature at 1,160 feet, but what it lacks in height it more than makes up for in its rugged mountainous character and the beauty of its surroundings

This is a walk I’ve done numerous times and I could never tire of it. The climb up the fell and return via the valley takes less than a couple of hours, and it a good choice when time is limited

I parked in the National Trust car park at Hause Point from where the climb 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 and from here I made our way across the knobbly summit ridge known as Low Bank

I then descended into Rannerdale valley which is famous for its bluebells growing in huge swathes on open fellside – an unusual and spectacular sight in May

With or without bluebells this is a superb short fell walk

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