11th July 2014

A roasting hot circuit of Crummock Water


Walk Overview
Time 2 to 4:45pm
Duration 2 hr 45 min
Distance 7.6 mile
Ascent about 500 ft
Walking with On my own
Cinderdale Common - Ranenrdale - side of Rannerdale Knotts - Buttermere - Scale Bridge - Low Ling Crag - Pump Houe - Lanthwaite Woods - 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.


Weather Readings

The Gadget
All readings were taken using a Kestrel 2000 Weather Meter
Live temperature recorded at the time I press the hold key
Maximum Wind Speed Maximum wind speed since the weather meter was turned on at each location Average Wind Speed
Average wind speed since the weather meter was turned on at each location
Wind Chill
Combination of wind speed and temperature. The gadget does the calculations not me.

Route Map


It's been a heck of a long time since I've walked all the way around Crummock in one go; certainly pre website days. We were just talking about this last Sunday while we were here. So, when I was thinking this morning about where to walk today, I decided to put years of neglect to right. The added bonus was the weather.

For no particular reason I head through Rannerdale (the lower end) as a means of reaching the lake at the same place we set off from last Sunday for the walk up Rannerdale Knotts.

Rannerdale Beck crossing point.

Grasmoor towers above me and as inviting as it looks, I'd set my mind on walking around Crummock.


Today I took a route to Buttermere that runs down the lower slopes of Rannerdale Knotts. I didn't gain much height but most of what I did ascend on the walk was done here.


Shouldn't this be called The Two Fish Inn.

Zooming in on Fleetwith Pike and Haystacks, both found at the far end of Buttermere.

A view over a hay field on the edge of the village. There are lots of country smells I particularly like, such as damp earth when walking through woodland in autumn and that strange smell you get for only a few minutes when it very first rains after a long dry spell. For me personally, there's nothing like the scent of hay on a scorching hot summer day.

Looking back along the lonning towards the village.

Summer is in full swing in the Lakes. Visitors are flocking to the place, footpaths and picnic areas are busier than normal, ice cream sellers are doing a fine trade and as you see here, the farmers are making good use of the extended dry conditions.

I cross a shady Scale Bridge.

On the opposite side of the lake are Grasmoor, Rannerdale Knotts and Whiteless Pike.

"Would you happen to know what they call that hill over there" the elderly lady asked. "It has such a distinctive shape and we'd love to know what it's called". "The fell itself is Fleetwith Pike and the pointed bit on the side is Honister Crag" I told her. She wrote this in her notebook, asked me to take a picture of them standing on the bridge and thanked me because they could now tell their children exactly what they were standing in front of. We chatted for a little while where they told me they'd had a "Wonderful week in the Lakes. Particularly today when we thought we'd be adventurous by walking from Buttermere to the edge of the lake. We never imagined we'd find ourselves walking somewhere as beautiful as this."
It doesn't matter how long it had taken them to get here from the village, the fact is they'd got as much satisfaction from walking along here than any of us could get from a full day on the high fells. I suppose this proves the Lake District has something for everyone and you don't necessarily have to get up onto the fell tops to have a good walk.


Here's a close up picture looking down the Mellbreak side of Crummock. The bit sticking out into the water is Low Ling Crag; surely the smallest 'crag' in the Lake District.

I cross another bridge and again look down towards Fleetwith Pike. The big bulk of a fell on the left is High Snockrigg / Robinson.

Low Ling Crag in front of Grasmoor.

And now in front of Rannerdale Knotts, although from this angle they look like they're one and the same.

The steep end of Rannerdale Knotts.

Whiteside and Grasmoor.



The beach at the northern end of the lake offers ample opportunity for both sunbathers and waterbathers to enjoy themselves. However, as you can see the place is almost deserted. I guess most people walk to the waters edge next to Lanthwaite Woods and don't bother going any further. All the families I saw later on we missing out on a real treat by not walking this far.

The surface of the water hints at it being quite windy down here, but it wasn't. there was hardly a breath of wind at all.

Heading towards the Pump House.

I've almost reached the Lanthwaite Wood end of the lake and although I couldn't see them, all I could here were the excited shouts of children as they made their way into the cold water. It was good to see the place packed with families enjoying the summer conditions.

A water level view of Grasmoor and Rannerdale Knotts.

A view back along the path showing part of Low Fell beyond the trees.

A view down the length of Crummock Water. It wasn't half hot now, , , , fantastic!

I walk through the woods next to the lake.

Red Pike and High Stile fill the skyline on the opposite side of the lake.

I turn around to take a final picture down the lake to Low Fell.

I'm only a stones throw from the car now, although I should point out that I didn't try that in case I hit the wrong car. Anyway: it isn't far and sadly the walk was over.

Talking about cars, , , , the time has just about arrived for me to say goodbye to mine. Am I sad to see it go? Well, not really, I'm just sad that I'll have to go through all the hassle of looking for a new one. Nothing too ostentatious you understand, after all, it's just a means get getting to and from places.

Apart from watching football, I can't think of many things worse than looking at new cars so the conversation at the garage could very well go something like this:-
"Do you need any help there"
"Yes please, I'm looking for a new car"
"Well, you've come to the right place. Did you have anything particular in mind"
"Actually, I quite like the red ones, or blue if you haven't any of those"
"Mmmmmm, what about this one. It's good on fuel, cheap insurance & road tax, , , , and its red"
"Very nice, but do I still put screen wash in the front and petrol in the back"
"Err, yes, that's right sir"
"Okay, I have one of those, but can I just ask one question"
"Of course"
"Will I need to learn to drive again"
"No, , , but why do you ask that"
"You see it's like this, I work in IT and each time we buy new computers everything has changed so we have to learn what to do again. I just wondered if new cars were the same as this and if they were, could I have the downgraded version so I'd already know what I was doing"

David Hall -
Lake District Walks