6th July 2014

Rannerdale Knotts and Buttermere


Walk Overview
Time 8:45am to 1pm
Duration 4 hr 15 min
Distance 7.7 mile
Ascent about 1500ft
Walking with Jennifer
Near Rannerdale Farm - Rannerdale Knotts - Low Bank - Buttermere (village) - Buttermere (lake) - Burtness Wood - Peggy's Bridge - Gatesgarth Farm - Buttermere (lake) - Pike Rigg - Buttermere (village) - Crummock Water - Hause Point
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


It was forecast for it to be better in the west today so we stuck to our side of the county and headed out for a walk in the Buttermere area. I'm not sure what it was like anywhere else but it was certainly a nice summers day across here and apart from that, just think of the money I've saved on petrol.
That's Mellbreak and Crummock by the way.

Height is quickly gained on here and you soon have a view down to Crummock and across to High Stile, Red Pike and Starling Dodd.

At the far end of the lake we see Low Fell and Fellbarrow.

Not a bad place to camp for the night. Although by the size of the tent and the amount of kit they had, I assume they hadn't walked very far to get here.

A close up of Red Pike.



From the top of Rannerdale Knotts we look down to Buttermere. Shortly after leaving the summit we decide it would be a good walk if we included a circuit of Buttermere on the walk.

The bulk of Grasmoor dominates the area as you can see from this photo taken just after beginning our walk along the ridge.

Looking back to Rannerdale Knotts summit.

Buttermere cafe below High Snockrigg.

Here's another view of High Snockrigg, only now a little bit of Robinson comes into view.

I could have walked to the waters edge to take the two trees out of the picture but I didn't so they're still in it.


Ahead is Fleetwith Pike and, although you can't really see it in the photo, a band of rain passing by its left hand side.

Haystacks above Warnscale Bottom.

Sunshine on Goat Crag.

The route leaves the lake for a little while at each end of the Buttermere. Here, we reach the waters edge again and begin the walk back up to the village.

A view across to Haystacks and the Buttermere pines. The path you can see running up (and down) the side of the fell is Scarth Gap Pass. Follow it right over and you'll find yourself in Ennerdale.

God alone knows how many times I've been here over the years, yet I never seem to manage a visit to the place when the tide is in.


Into the tunnel we go.

and when we emerged back into the daylight, I took this photo of High Stile and High Crag. You may have noticed there's also a boat in the picture.

This is the path through the woods at Pike Rigg.


Chick, chick, chick, chick chickennnn lay a little egg for me
"What d'ya mean lay a little egg? I don't just press a button and an egg pops out you know. If you want one you can buy it from the shop like everyone else"
"Blimey, talk about bad tempered"

Wilkinsyke Farm home of the best ice cream you're likely to find anywhere.

Excellent, here comes the refreshments department. What a team, I stay outside and watch the world go by while Jennifer goes in to buy the ice creams.

Baa, baa, black sheep have you any wool
"Are you trying to be funny or are those glasses you're wearing just for show?"
"Flippin Eck, what a spot for unfriendly animals"

We cut the corner by taking the old road which would bring us out only a short walk from the edge of Crummock Water.


Not far to go now but what's that in the water ??

Looks like the Crummockness monster is coming up for air. We weren't taking any chances so we ran back to the car and headed straight home.

David Hall -
Lake District Walks