This ramble up Rannerdale Knotts was the ‘taster’ part of a two-day ‘introduction to Lake District fell-waking’ holiday with my sister Dell. Luckily, there was just enough time after our mid-morning arrival in Buttermere to undertake it before the heavens opened for the rest of the day! This fell can be easily reached directly from the village by going up the soft green sward near the National Trust car park in the direction of Whiteless Pike and then branching off left at the first shoulder, thereafter continuing along it until the summit is reached. A good path down the ‘nose’ of the fell then conducts you gradually to the Crummock Water shore road, returning along it to Buttermere.The weather was both rather close and very windy, but at least it was dry and relatively clear, with good views in the Buttermere direction of both the lake and its spectacular collection of fells, of the main fells on both sides of Crummock Water (Grasmoor and Mellbreak) and also, further north, of Loweswater and Low Fell. With its knobbly main ridge, commanding position and airy summit, this is a fell of great character, despite its relatively lowly height, and an excellent platform for viewing and becoming oriented to the neighbouring fells, especially for first time ‘off-comers’!PS Some pictures are also included below of other matters of interest glimpsed during the remainder of the rain-soaked day!Highest point (Rannerdale Knotts): 1160 ft./354 m. Distance: 2.79 miles/ 4.48 km. Ascent: 1045 ft./ 690 m.
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