Rannerdale Knotts

  • A small fell of great character amongst giants
  • Good underfoot walking
  • Views up and down the Buttermere valley

1,160 ft. Rannerdale Knotts is often ignored , largely because it sits at the foot of bigger and grander fells and when driving along the road it simply merges in to its neighbours. However this belies what is a both an idyllic 1/2 mile ridge and the impressive hidden depths of Rannerdale valley itself (according to Wainwright the scene of a battle between the Anglos and invading Normans but how they both came to be in a side valley of Buttermere is a bit of a mystery). The walking is excellent and the views outstanding both up Buttermere and down the Lorton Valley. I took my time, sat on its small rocky summit, and let my thoughts wander back over 35 years to when my parents regularly took us to a little beach at the foot of Rannerdale Knotts where we swam, canoed and skimmed our way through my childhood. Ahhh…

Recommend: Do take the route that goes through Rannerdale valley and not direct from Buttermere.

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OS Map: O/S 1.25,000. OL4 The English Lakes North West. Buy Map
Start Point: NY163182. There is limited parking at the foot of Rannerdale Knotts. Head up the valley for the best way of climbing the Knotts
Height to Climb: 208ms (682 feet)
Terrain: The paths are excellent all the way and over the summit although the descent is steep.
Eating & Drinking: The Fish Inn & Bridge Inn are in Buttermere, as is a new, well presented tea shop.
Similar Walks Nearby: Lands of Loweswater
Fleetwith Pike
A walk around Buttermere
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