27th August 2016

Rannerdale to Barrow

Time 7:50am to 5:20pm
Duration 9 hr 25 min
Distance 11.1 mile
Ascent 4800ft - or somewhere close to that number
Walking with Paul Sharkey and Rod Hepplewhite
Rannerdale Knotts - Low Bank - Whiteless Breast - Whiteless Pike - Saddle Gate - Whiteless Edge - Wandope - Wandope Moss - Grasmoor - Eel Crag - Crag Hill - The Scar - Sail - Scar Crags - Causey Pike - High Moss - Outerside - Low Moss - Bsrrow - Braithwaite Lodge - Braithwaite
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.

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


An early morning view across Crummock Water to the side of Mellbreak, Gale Fell and Starling Dodd.

With a little height gained we look across to Red Pike and High Stile. Very clear indeed for anywhere not currently in the shade.



Rannerdale Knotts summit with Starling Dodd and Great Borne in the distance.

From Rannerdale Knotts we cross the top of Rannerdale valley to begin the walk up to Whiteless Pike.

High Crag, High Stile and Red Pike.

Stopping for a breather we look back down to Rannerdale Knotts.

Standing on top of Whiteless Pike summit. Head of us is Wandope and on the far right is Causey Pike, it'll be a while before we get that far.

Looking back to Whiteless Pike summit

Wandope Summit.

Next for all three of us is Grasmoor and then for Paul and Rod it's Whiteside, Hopegill Head and Grisedale Pike. For me, I'll be doubling back from Grasmoor and meeting the other two near the top of Crag Hill in a few hours time. A couple of weeks ago I had a 'niggling' pain in my knee; and although the pain has gone, I see no need to throw caution to the wind and set it off again by doing a walk of that length. Plus, I was out walking yesterday, Wednesday and Tuesday evening. So, I opt to miss out that section of Paul's route.

Grasmoor summit.

Hopegill Head and Grisedale Pike seen as I backtrack down to Wandope Moss.

Coledale, seen from the area above Eel Crags. From here I could see the other two cutting across from just below Sand Hill to the Whiteside Ridge but after a little while I lost sight of them so retreated to our prearranged meeting spot next to the path on Crag Hill.

Here's a close up of some of the old mine working on the side of Grisedale Pike.

Right, this is a comfortable spot so I might as well settle down for the next couple of hours.

This is the view I had while laying back relaxing in the sunshine.

And this is the view I had when I was sitting up.

Very clear views today. Here's a close up of Causey Pike, part of Derwent Water, Walla Crag, Clough Head and Great Mell Fell.

Grisedale Pike.

Crag Hill summit - - - taken after the three guys who had parked themselves on the toppled trig column had moved. Yes, it's a COMPLETELY selfish attitude that some people have. Although I still think it's wrong, I couldn't care less if I can't stand on the highest point of a fell because the chances are I've been there dozens of times already, but, and it's a big but, other people that arrived were clearly wanting their 'summit time' and because these three failed to consider other people, they must have left feeling a little disappointed.

Sail, Scar Crags and Causey Pike seen from The Scar.

Looking back up to Crag Hill.

Sail summit.

I suppose I've said it all before so what's the point in telling you this is an absolute disgrace and an insult to the Lake District.

Scar Crags summit.


Causey Pike summit view.

and now an Outerside summit view.

OK it's maybe getting repetitive but here the view from Barrow.

And to finish, tired legs take us down the bottom of Barrow and into Braithwaite.

David Hall -
Lake District Walks