Rannerdale Knotts

Rannerdale Knotts, across Crummock Water.

Height: 1160 feet above sea level in the first edition, 1165′ feet in the second. It’s still in its growing phase.

Volume: Book 6 (The Northwestern Fells)

Date climbed: First visit: 28th October 2011 (walk 46). Second visit: 16th September 2017 (walk 136).

Rannerdale Knotts

Rannerdale Knotts, seen on the descent from Whiteless Pike

Bagged as number: First round: 141 of 330. [ << Great Crag (140)  (142) Grasmoor >> ]

Second round: 119 of 330.  [ << Beacon Fell (118)  (120) Wandope >> ]

Route of ascent and descentFirst visit: Ascended from Buttermere via the route depicted on page 3 of Wainwright’s chapter. Descended to Rannerdale by the route depicted on page 2 of same, then went on to Grasmoor.

Second visit: Ascended the way I came down last time. Descended to the east then went on to Wandope.

What Mr Wainwright says(from page 1 of his chapter): “Rannerdale has a lasting place in history as the setting of a fierce battle in which the Norman invaders were ambushed and routed by the English in the years after the Conquest.  Alongside the fields, and thrusting as a headland into the lake [Crummock Water], is the abrupt and rugged end of a low fell…

Rannerdale Knotts summit

Rannerdale Knotts summit cairn

All the excitement is concentrated in the dark tower above the lake. Behind, a quiet valley isolates the fell from the greater heights in the rear. This is Rannerdale Knotts, and mountain in miniature, and a proud one. Not even Gable has witnessed a real battle! And what’s more, our side won!”

What I say: This is one of the smallest Wainwrights, both in altitude and extent. Small it might be though, but it’s perfectly formed, a climb that the whole family could enjoy with spectacular views. I took an hour to get up and back down the road: as I walk faster than some will be comfortable with (well, while I still have the energy anyway), 90 minutes is ample, and it will be time well spent.

[ << Rampsgill Head       Raven Crag >> ]


One Response to “Rannerdale Knotts”

  1. […] today lay on the other side of the valley, in the North-Western fells. I bagged three — Rannerdale Knotts (small, but perfectly formed), Wandope and Whiteless Pike (pictured below). All worth doing, though […]

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