Lake District Walks
Date: 23rd June 2006
Distance: 3.2 miles
Ascent: 1097 feet
Time: 1 hours 45 minutes
Start Grid Ref: NY173169
A short but lovely evening walk up on to Rannerdale Knotts. Fantastic views of the Buttermere valley.
Route Summary: Buttermere - Grassgarth Coppice - Low Bank - Rannerdale Knotts - Low Bank - Grassgarth Coppice - Buttermere.
2. Lisa and the Buttermere valley
3. Whiteless Pike
4. Rannerdale Knotts
5. On Rannerdale Knotts
6. The Buttermere valley from Rannerdale Knotts
7. Mellbreak and Crummock Water
8. Whiteless Pike
10. Happiness is an evening on Rannerdale Knotts
Walk Detail: We set off on this lovely little early evening walk shortly after pitching our tent up at the campsite in Buttermere. The climb, steep at first, was on pleasant grassy tracks through the bracken with increasingly good views back across Buttermere to Haystacks. In fact fantastic is an inadequate word to describe the views we had which were enhanced by the lovely sunshine.
Upon gaining the ridge at Low Bank the walk was a simple stroll to the summit with the views increasing in magnificence. Great Gable looked superb behind Haystacks, the High Stile ridge looked extremely impressive while I also got my first close look at Grasmoor and Whiteless Pike.
The summit itself commanded the most complete view with Fleetwith Pike and Honister Crag entering the scene while a few yards away there was a great prospect down to Crummock Water backed by Mellbreak. By this time I’d taken about 50 photos and I had to restrain myself from taking any more on the return journey which was just as delightful. Along with the walk on to Castle Crag this is one of the best short walks I’ve ever done though with the weather and mountain scenery on offer this one probably shades it.