2nd March 2008

Rannerdale Knotts


Walk Overview
Time 09.40 to 12.05
Duration 2 hr 25 min
Distance 4 mile
Ascent 1360 ft
Walking with On my own
Cinderdale Common - Rannerdale Knotts - Low Bank - Rowantree Beck - Rannerdale Beck - Cinderdale Common
Fells visited
Directory places visited

Starting Point Information Centre
Car park, Cinderdale Common

There are a couple of small car park areas along Cinderdale Common. They're all free and offer easy access to Rannerdale, where during late spring the display of blue bells is simply outstanding.


Route Map

This was another day where strong winds were forecasted and unfortunately they managed to predict the weather with a high degree of accuracy. And while I wasn't exactly battling against the wind at the modest height I ascended, I did meet two guys on Low Bank who'd turned back from their planned walk up to, and beyond Whiteless Pike. As one of them said to me "it just isn't worth the risk" so they'd settled for something a bit lower level instead.

After a short walk along Cinderdale Common I reached the entrance to the lovely little valley of Rannerdale.

In a couple of months time anyone taking a photo from this very spot would be treated to one of the finest displays of Bluebells you're ever likely to come across. During the season, the area is transformed into a sea of blue and attracts many more people than you'd ever see here at any other time of year. A real springtime treat.

Instead of heading straight into Rannerdale however, I headed down towards the Hause Point area of Crummock Water first. The reason for this was so I could do the ascent in the wind, rather than walking down the route and getting blown about while trying to negotiate the steep pitched path found on this side of Rannerdale Knotts.

Sunshine lighting up Crummock Water and Low Fell in the distance.

And from a little higher up Rannerdale Knotts, looking in the same direction as the previous photo.

The dramatic sky's I was seeing over Buttermere, combined with the strong wind I was experiencing, caused these shafts of sunlight to dance across the valley at tremendous speed. I found a conveniently placed stone to sit on, made myself as comfortable as I could and after about five minutes felt thoroughly entertained by this show of nature. It was actually quite difficult to follow the light for more than a couple of seconds. As soon as I'd managed to fix my gaze on a particular spot, it was gone almost as quickly as it had came, only to be replaced by yet another splash of light.

Robinson, High Snockrigg and Fleetwith Pike / Honister Crag seen from the walk across Low Bank.

With the sky not looking quite as threatening as it was in the earlier picture I was offered a somewhat clearer view down to Buttermere Lake, and village of the same name.

Never one to miss an opportunity I took a (very) short detour across to take some photos of this sheepfold while the Bracken was down. During the summer months the sheepfold is almost totally hidden by shoulder Bracken, which doesn't make for very easy walking at all.

The view down Rannerdale, but rather than follow the straightforward path seen in this picture, I headed cross country for a short distance to pick up the path above the intake wall around High Rannerdale (the greener area in the centre of the picture). It doesn't add much onto the distance, but still offers a nice alternative to the norm.

I'm sure I'm not alone here, but sometimes I feel like it's almost a force of habit that compels me to stick the the same route I've taken countless times before, when quite often there may be numerous alternatives.

Rowantree Beck.


It just doesn't seem right to get out for a walk and not have something to eat; as if I need an excuse for one or the other of these. And although I wasn't that far from the car at this point, I still thought this fine sheepfold next to Rannerdale Beck would provide enough shelter from the wind while I had a go at satisfying my somewhat excessive appetite.

Quite literally a few seconds walk up stream from the sheepfold is this somewhat rickety looking footbridge. Seen better days springs to mind, but thankfully still retaining enough strength to see me safely across.

David Hall -
Lake District Walks