Rannerdale Knotts, Buttermere, Crummock Water

13 Miles

29th May 2017

 

 

A slight drizzle, with the expectation of rain for most, if not all, of the day.  The path to Rannerdale Knotts, via 'the Bluebells', which are still there, but the bracken is now tall enough to drown them out.  The show, over for another year.

rannerdale knottsRannerdale Knotts

 

 

 

Around the base of Rannerdale Knotts.  Profanities coming from a farmer rounding up sheep in a nearby field.  As someone who works in the Northumbrian countryside, it's an oddly familiar sound.

below rannerdale knotts

 

 

 

A view of Crummock Water, from the road...

crummock water from the road

 

 

 

After a brief stint on the road, the path for Rannerdale Knotts beckons...

beginning of the path

 

 

 

The steepest section through the middle of one of the crags is paved, making life a little easier.  A bit more rain coming down by now, the sky reflecting off the steps...

steps up rannerdale knotts

 

 

 

A look back down...

looking back down rannerdale knotts

 

 

 

The road out...

the road out

 

 

 

The photo below was taken at 11:15am, at the top of Rannerdale Knotts.  More than 8 hours earlier, this chap set out from Keswick, in the dark, to head up Skiddaw, then turned south-westward to head through Coledale to eventually descend here at Rannerdale. When at the very bottom, he'll be swimming across Crummock Water, then continuing up Red Pike and High Crag, descending to Buttermere - another swim - and then climbing up Robinson to make his way over to Newlands, and eventually back to Keswick. All this when the tops are covered in cloud, and visibilty down to a few feet.  Hats off to you, fella!

what a guy

 

 

 

Descending the rear of Rannerdale Knotts.  Nowhere near as steep as the ascent, but still a couple of nice crags to climb over.  It does steepen as you get closer to Buttermere village, and there are some rocky outcrops to carefully navigate, given the wet condtitions, although you could probably miss them all together if you take what looked like an easier path to the right.  But we don't want that, do we...

Spot the Herdy...

spot the herdy

 

 

 

A little diversion through the stunning Ghyll Wood, to drop us out at Buttermere.  A really nice little path, this.

ghyll wood

 

 

 

Mill Beck... 

mill beck at ghyll wood buttermere

 

 

 

The kind of thing the locals have to put up with...

i cant understand the mentality

 

 

 

St. James...

st james buttermere

 

 

 

Syke Farm.  The path goes through here...

syke farm

 

 

 

Out on the shores of Buttermere.  Quite a few folk walking around the lake.  A sit down and bite to eat while admiring Haystacks...

haystacks from dalegarth

 

 

 

Fun on the lake...

fun on buttermere

 

 

 

Fleetwith Pike.  Officially my favourite fell (so far) as I found out on my last lakes walk...

fleetwith pike

 

 

 

Photographer...

photographer on buttermere

 

 

 

New construction on Buttermere...

new construction on buttermere

 

 

 

Awesome Duo... 

fleetwith pike and haystacks

 

 

 

On Peggy's Bridge.  I think my photos are slightly decieving in that I don't show many other walkers/tourists.  But Peggy's Bridge is a little wooden bridge crossing Warnscale Beck, just before it reaches the lake, and there were about 8 people on the bridge, with others coming and going in the brief period that I perched on the end, to rest my camera on the hand rail and take this shot.

on peggys bridge

 

 

 

South side of Buttermere, the path is well prepared for the footfall this area attracts...

burtness wood

 

 

 

Buttermere Dubs Trail, linking from Buttermere to Crummock Water.  Now a more 'interesting' surface.  Much more to my liking...

buttermere dubs trail

 

 

 

First view of Crummock Water. The rain seems to have eased off.

crummock water

 

 

 

A look back.  The more exposed trees are catching some of the brightness from the thinner clouds above...

looking back towards fleetwith Pike

 

 

 

Grasmoor catching sunlight, Rannerdale Knotts in darkness in front...

grasmoor and rannerdale knotts

 

 

 

Viewing Rannerdale Knotts from Low Ling Crag...

rannerdale knotts from low ling crag

 

 

 

High Ling from Low Ling...

high ling from low ling

 

 

 

Low Ling Crag sticking out into Crummock Water.  A natural pier...

low ling crag

 

 

 

Cotton Grass below Mellbreak...

cotton grass by crummock water

 

 

 

The final stages on the north side, here at High Wood...

high wood

 

 

 

And a beach to finish off...

beach on crummock water