24th April 2009

Rannerdale Knotts


Walk Overview
Time 14.15 to 16.30
Duration 2 hr 15 min
Distance 4.8 mile
Ascent 1300 ft
Walking with On my own
Lanthwaite Green - below Grasmoor - Cinderdale Common - Rannerdale - Low Bank - Rannerdale Knotts - Crummock Water - B5289 back to Lanthwaite Green
Fells visited
Directory places visited

Starting Point Information Centre
Car park, Lanthwaite Green

A reasonable sized car park that tends to be quite popular, although having said that, this is somewhere I've never failed to get parked. Presumably the occupants of most of the cars would head straight across to the steep ridge up to Whiteside or the Gasgale Gill route up to Coledale Hause.

Parking Is free.


Route Map

I knew I'd be a little too early for the famous Rannerdale bluebells; yet despite the possible bad timing of the outing, I just fancied a walk up Rannerdale Knotts. To make the walk a little longer though, I parked at Lanthwaite Green and followed the narrow path above the road.

You just never know what your going to see. I don't know why, but I nearly jumped out of my skin when I looked round and saw it sitting there only a few yards away from where I was standing.

Ahead of me is Rannerdale Knotts, a nice little fell of modest height and always enjoyable as short walk.

The steep end of Rannerdale Knotts.

Looking into Rannerdale and High Rannerdale. In a couple of weeks or so, this area will be showing off one of the finest displays of bluebells you're ever likely to see.


The footbridge over the Rannerdale Beck.

There was the strangest light in Rannerdale as I left the path and headed straight up to the ridge. It wasn't caused by me making a mess of the photograph, it was actually like this.

Buttermere seen from the ridge.

A close up of Buttermere village.

Walking towards Low Bank; the high point found about mid way along the ridge.

Rannerdale Knotts summit with Mellbreak behind.

Crummock Water, Loweswater and Low Fell / Fellbarrow.

A close up of Rannerdale Farm.

Carefully walking down the very steep but quite short path between Rannerdale Knotts and the road next to Crummock Water.

Almost back to the road now, and because there was almost no traffic about I decided to follow the road back to the car.

The view down the length of Crummock Water.

David Hall -
Lake District Walks