Rannerdale Knotts

This is the ideal fell to entice any less than enthusiastic walker.  It's small - but big and isolated enough to be recognisable as a fell in its own right, it's easy to conquer, and it has some of the best views in the district.

Here are some pictures
(click on any picture for a larger version)

There's little Rannerdale Knotts in the middle of the picture, protected by all those huge hills all around.  We - that is, Joanna, a family friend, myself and the dogs - approached from Buttermere, which is in the distance.  Incidentally, it was beautiful weather, with a breeze to offset the heat - this picture was taken 2 days later...

Climbing out of Buttermere village.  High Stile and High Crag are beyond the lake.
Ahead are some large and intimidating fells - but we're not going that way!

The end of Buttermere comes into view.
We're now on the top ridge of the Knotts, looking up at the valley between Grasmoor and Whiteless Pike.

The view south-east from the summit cairn.

And north-west, towards Loweswater.  Mellbreak on the left, from where the first picture above was taken two days later.
Descending this way, to the west, is strictly for enthusiasts - it's steep and messy underfoot.  But, since I last came this way, a path has been constructed to take out the worst effects of erosion, which has tamed it somewhat.

Coming down to the end of Crummock Water.
Looking across Crummock towards Mellbreak.

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