30th December 2010

Rannerdale Knotts


Walk Overview
Time 10.10 to 12.00
Duration 1hr 50 min
Distance 3.3 mile
Ascent 1200 ft
Walking with On my own
Near Rannerdale Farm - Rannerdale Knotts - Low Bank - High House Crag - Crummock Water - Hause Point - Near Rannerdale Farm
Fells visited
Directory places visited

Starting Point Information Centre
Parking spaces, Rannerdale Farm

Just one of a series of small car parks along this section of road . This one offering the quickest access to Rannerdale Knotts and the small valley of Rannerdale, which during the latter part of spring has one of the best displays of blue bells you'll find anywhere.

Parking is free.


Route Map

Last nights weather forecast said that the best place for any sunshine today would be the fell tops, which would be "poking out from the clouds". When I'd heard this I thought brilliant, and immediately came up with some grand ideas of where to walk today. None of which took into account what I'd feel like. When I left home however, it was soon evident that at least on this side of the Lake District the forecast was completely wrong. I hate to admit this, but in a way I was pleased. I still felt bad enough for it to take me an hour of puffing, panting and coughing to reach the top of Rannerdale Knotts.

Crummock Water stretching northwards towards, but not quite as far as Low Fell and Fellbarrow.

Reflections in Crummock Water.

Looking down to Hause Point.

A close up of Rannerdale Farm.

Talk about hard work, , , , If I hadn't known how close I was to the end of the up hill part of the walk I'd have turned round. It's hard to believe that something as small as a virus can take so much out of you.

Rannerdale Knotts summit. In the background are Robinson, Fleetwith Pike, Brandreth, Green Gable, Great Gable and Haystacks.

Still at the summit and now looking around to Starling Dodd, Great Borne and part of Mellbreak.

And an uninterrupted view from the summit showing Buttermere valley.

A view back along the ridge.

Time to leave the ridge and head down to Buttermere, , , well, almost to Buttermere, but still in that direction.

Looking over Buttermere to Buttermere.
OK, one is the village and one is the lake.

There are lots of paths crisscrossing the fellside on route down from Rannerdale Knotts. If you're not sure which one to take; the best advice I can offer is, it doesn't matter, just aim for this farm house which is at the most convenient place for you to join the road.

I could be wrong, but I assume this lonning used to be the main road. Judging by the surface, it was abandoned before the advent of the modern motor car.

And just about to rejoin the main road.

Mellbreak, seemingly found at the end of the road, which of course it isn't.

Red Pike and High Stile, seen above the Buttermere end of Crummock Water.

Looking back along the road. The darker fells in the distance are Fleetwith Pike and Haystacks.

These two certainly had more energy than I had today. By the time I got back to the car, I felt more like I'd done a 15 miler on the high fells than a short walk up Rannerdale Knotts.

David Hall -
Lake District Walks