Rannerdale Knotts

Rannerdale Knotts, across Crummock Water. (Picture taken on walk 37.)

Height: 1160 feet above sea level.

Volume: Book 6 (The Northwestern Fells)

Date climbed: 28th October 2011 (walk 46)

Rannerdale and Crummock Water

Looking down to Rannerdale and Crummock Water from Grasmoor. The dinky stature of the fell (lower left) is apparent.

Bagged as number: 141 of 214. [ << Great Crag (140)  (142) Grasmoor >> ]

Route of ascent and descent:  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.

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. Slopes of Mellbreak and Crummock Water immediately behind, Loweswater in the distance. And a sheep can admire the view, right?

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, 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.

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