This is a walk from the centre of Buttermere village going up through Ghyll Woods up to Grassgarth Coppice. From here head up to Rannerdale Knotts. We came back down the northwestern side and followed the route back to the village.
Calculated time is computed with the distance, the height difference, and an average speed of 2.2 mph. For an intermediate walker, this time includes small breaks.
(D/A) From the centre of Buttermere Village in front of Bridge Hotel on B5289, take the footpath leading up (North-East) through Ghyll Woods, once, at the top of the woods, you'll see a path leading off to the left (West) heading onto Grassgarth Coppice. Climb up this steeper section of the bank until at the main crossroads.
(1) From here you can head straight up (North-North-East) following the clearest path onto the tongue of Rannerdale Knotts, or take the smaller grass paths off straight ahead too. They all lead onto the main ridge of Rannerdale Knotts, just at different points.
(2) Once on top of the ridge line, you can see the clear path ahead (West-North-West) which you follow all the way to the top of the fell. There is some scrambling along the way towards the end of the ridge but this is nothing too taxing at all. Then marvel at the views from the top of Rannerdale Knotts.
(3) From Rannerdale Knotts, on the way down, head over the top of the fell and you'll see a clear path leading down and to the left (South-West). Keep on this route and it does get very steep in some sections. It becomes steps on the steepest of declines so be careful on a wet day to not slip and keep following this path down and again to the left (South) onto the side of the fell near the road. Continue on this route until it hits the road (B5289).
(4) At the road, follow this until a turning on your right with a signpost appears heading into some more woods.
(5) Take this path off (West) and follow the woods down towards the stream leading into Crummock Water. Head towards the shoreline and then cross the bridge that comes into view. From here turn left (South-East) again and follow the path that leads towards Buttermere and alongside the campsite.
(6) This takes you into the main car park at Buttermere where there are toilets located too, and then at the end of the car park you arrive back to the centre of Buttermere Village. (D/A)
D/A : km 0 - alt. 117m - Bridge Hotel - Buttermere Village
1 : km 0.69 - alt. 177m - Main crossroads
2 : km 1.16 - alt. 292m - Top of the ridge line
3 : km 2.53 - alt. 320m - Rannerdale Knotts (355m)
4 : km 3.4 - alt. 118m - B5289
5 : km 4.17 - alt. 136m - Woods
6 : km 4.99 - alt. 109m - Campsite
D/A : km 5.25 - alt. 118m - Bridge Hotel - Buttermere Village
Car park : Side of Sykes camping grounds.
Facilities : There are public toilets in the car park by the side of Sykes camping grounds. These are in the middle of Buttermere village and there is a charge of 50p to use them.
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A short Lake District ridge walk that includes two Wainwrights. Surrounded by higher fells, the ridge between Ard Crags and Knott Rigg offers some wonderful Lakeland scenery.
Linear walk with a few scrambles and beautiful vistas
The YHA is a great institution and I guess most fell walkers have stayed at a hostel at some time in their lives. They were created "to help all, especially young people of limited means, to a greater knowledge, love and care of the countryside, particularly by providing hostels or other simple accommodation for them on their travels". Here's a collection of routes starting and finishing at a YHA in The Lakes. Along the way there are 6 Wainwrights, 3 tarns, 1 lake and a pub.
The YHA is a great institution and I guess most fell walkers have stayed at a hostel at some time in their lives. They were created "to help all, especially young people of limited means, to a greater knowledge, love and care of the countryside, particularly by providing hostels or other simple accommodation for them on their travels". Here's a collection of routes starting or finishing at a YHA in The Lakes. Along the way are 6 Wainwrights, 3 tarns and 1 pub.
A walk taking in four Wainwright summits, with views of 4 lakes and the skyline of the High Western fells. The walk can be taken either clockwise or anticlockwise.
An interesting low level walk with the opportunity to explore old mine workings as an option. The walk takes in farmland paths and tracks and ventures above the fell wall to the dam and reservoir built by the miners. Even if you choose not to venture into the mine tunnels finding the entrances is mini adventure. Newlands Church is lovely and adds further interest to the walk.
On this circular walk you will be rewarded with a lovely ascent up the small but beautiful Ard Crags, followed by an undulating ridge to Knott Rigg. The descent from Knott Rigg keeps to the top of a second ridge with good views ahead. The last section takes in farmland paths and tracks before joining the road.
This is a circular walk around High Spy, Maiden Moor and Cat Bells. The scenery is good and the walk is made interesting by the old mine workings, both on the way up and also at Goldscope Mine. The return leg, through the woods above Derwent Water, is a nice contrast to the first half of the walk.
It is a useful walk when the tops are in mist and walking the ridge would give you no views or when the tops are covered in snow and you don't have ice axe and crampons to hand.
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