Walk up Rannerdale Knotts from Crummock Water
Route Summary: Circular route to climb one of the lowest Wainwright’s with wonderful views across Crummock Water, Buttermere and Loweswater.
Circular route to climb one of the lowest Wainwright’s with wonderful views across Crummock Water, Buttermere and Loweswater.
|6.32 km||309 m||2.5 hours|
Calculate the time using Naismith’s Rule and factor in your own pace.
Start and Finish: Roadside parking on the B5289, next to Crummock Water.
Check out our Best Mountain Weather Forecast?
Walk up Rannerdale Knotts from Crummock Water Route Map and GPX DownloadDownload file for GPS
Summits and Places on this Route
- Rannerdale Knotts (355 metres)
Walk up Rannerdale Knotts from Crummock Water Details
At 355m, Buttermere’s Rannerdale Knotts is one of the lowest fells in the Lake District. However, the craggy summit and spectacular views of nearby lakes gives this little mountain a lot of character. Starting next to the shores of Crummock Water, this straight-forward route runs through the historic Valley of Bluebells before climbing a fairly steep, rocky path to the summit.
Rannerdale Knotts from Crummock Water Route Description
1 From the roadside car parking area, follow the grassy path upwards, towards the river.
2 Cross the river (there are narrower places to cross upstream if the water is too high) and continue following the wide track.
3 The track weaves across the moorland and reaches a wooden gate, with a sign for the historic Rannerdale bluebell valley. Between April-May the valley floor and the hillside of Rannerdale Knotts is blanketed with bluebells.
4 Continue through the gate and follow the path down to a footbridge.
5 Turn right and go across the bridge. Ignore the wooden gate and instead, turn sharp right. Keeping the stone wall to the left, follow the narrow footpath, with great views of Mellbreak ahead.
6 The path widens and bears around to the left.
7 Continue through the wooden swing gate to reach a small car park.
8 Follow the road for a few metres and then turn left to climb the fairly eroded rocky steps up across the hillside.
9 The steep path offers spectacular views back across Crummock Water.
10 Continue upwards, following the now grassy path.
11 When the path levels out, keep left. Follow the narrow footpath as it climbs and bears around to the right.
12 As the path approaches the rocky summit crags, there is a choice of routes; for a steeper climb, continue straight ahead in the gully between the crags. For a gentler climb, keep right and follow the grassy path as it gradually zigzags upwards.
13 Both route options reach the craggy summit of Rannerdale, with wonderful views of the lakes and surrounding fells.
14 After taking in the view, continue straight ahead on the narrow path between the rocks.
15 The footpath runs almost straight down the centre of the ridge. There are a few minor rocky sections but the majority of the descent is very straightforward.
16 The path eventually widens and reaches a grassy fork. Keep left and then left again at the second fork to climb down to the base of the valley.
17 Turn left and follow the well-defined path along the valley floor.
18 The path eventually reaches a right hand wooden gate. Go through the gate and across the footbridge.
19 Turn left and retrace your steps to return to the car parking area.