logo Walking Britain

Lake District Walk
Rannerdale Knotts & Grasmoor

Nat Park - Lake District - Lake District North Western Fells

Wainwrights - Eel Crag, Grasmoor, Rannerdale Knotts, Wandope, Whiteless Pike

County/Area - Cumbria

Author - Paul Brown

Length - 8.0 miles / 13 km    Ascent - 2880 feet / 873 metres

Time - 6 hours 50 minutes    Grade - moderate

Maps Ordnance Survey Logo Anquet Maps Logo

Ordnance Survey Explorer OL5Sheet Map1:25kBUY
Anquet OS Explorer OL5Digital Map1:25kBUY
Ordnance Survey Landranger 90Sheet Map1:50kBUY
Anquet OS Landranger 90Digital Map1:50kBUY

Walk Route Description

Photo from the walk - Rannerdale Knotts & Grasmoor
Click image to visit gallery of 5 images.

This Lake District walk starts at a small parking area at the foot of Rannerdale Knotts, near Hause Point, on the eastern shore of Crummock Water (NY163183). From here Grasmoor can be seen to the north, the last objective of the route. Head eastward from Hause Point straight up the steep slope of Rannerdale Knotts. The path is not obvious in places and at one stage there is mild scramble up a stony gully to contend with (probably passable by contouring to the south). From the summit of Rannerdale Knotts there are wonderful views over Buttermere to the High Stile range and Fleetwith Pike beyond, and of Whiteless Pike, Grasmoor and Crummock Water, ample compensation for the effort involved.

Continue eastwards along an intermittent path over the easy bumpy ridge of Low Bank to a col (NY179177) before veering left to join a more prominent track up Whiteless Breast and on to Whiteless Pike. The path hereabouts is generally good though occasionally rocky requiring the use of hands as well as feet. It is quite a pull up to the top of the fell, especially on a hot summer's day, but there is an unrivalled view of Grasmoor's southern flank as well as a marvellous panorama. Thirdgill Head Man and Wandope beckon to the north via a nice airy ridge.

The top of Wandope is remarkably flat with Crag Hill - the next objective - and Sail well seen in profile over Addacombe Hole, a spectacular example of a hanging valley. Skirting the edge of this, a prominent sandy path up Crag Hill is soon met leading to the stone trig point on Crag Hill from which a breathtaking prospect of Grisedale Pike and the Skiddaw fells beyond Coledale is revealed.

Leaving the top of Crag Hill, descend to the col between Crag Hill and Grasmoor (NY186203). This area is criss-crossed by several tracks and can be confusing in mist. Continue westward straight across this junction following an eroded path leading up the fellside beyond, which levels out somewhat after a few hundred metres. Walking along the southern flank of Grasmoor there are excellent views down to Buttermere. A short stroll over more or less flat ground gains the undistinguished top of Grasmoor. The Vale of Lorton leading to the Irish Sea extends to the northwest, and the corrugated face of Whiteside over Gasgale Gill is quite remarkable.

Walk back to the top of the Lad Hows ridge approximately 300 metres east of Grasmoor's summit (NY177202) and head down towards Rannerdale. The first section is quite steep though after a few hundred metres the gradient eases as the path veers right and zigzags back to the valley floor to meet another footpath. Turn left here, upstream, into the diminutive Rannerdale valley, crossing Rannerdale Beck via a footbridge (NY168186). Looking back up the valley Whiteless Pike is seen in stark profile, appearing almost conical from this angle. A short stroll though pleasant fields leads back to the parking area.

Other walks nearby

Walk 1231 Grasmoor & Whiteless Pikemoderate7.0 miles
Walk 2020 A circuit of Rannerdale Knotts, Crummock Watereasy/mod2.5 miles
Walk 1142 A circuit of Buttermere from Buttermere villageeasy4.5 miles
Walk 2609 Crag Hill & Grasmoor from Buttermeremod/hard8.0 miles
Walk 2735 Fleetwith Pike and Buttermere Circularmod/hard8.5 miles

Recommended Books & eBooks

Walking the Lake District Fells - Buttermere

Walking the Lake District Fells - ButtermerePart of the Walking the Lake District Fells series, this guidebook covers a wide range of routes to 32 Lakeland summits that can be climbed from the Buttermere, Lorton and Newlands valleys, with highlights including Haystacks, High Stile, Grasmoor and the fells of the Coledale Round. Suggestions for longer ridge routes are also included.
More information

Outdoor Adventures with Children - Lake District

Outdoor Adventures with Children - Lake DistrictGuidebook to 40 outdoor adventures in the Lake District with children under 12, including walking, cycling, orienteering, paddling, boating, hostelling and more. Graded activities for varying age ranges or for families with children of different ages.
More information

Outdoor Photography

Outdoor PhotographyThis practical handbook covers digital outdoor photography and the whole range of outdoor activities including walking, running, cycling, water sports (in and on the water), as participant or spectator. Covers basic concepts, equipment and processing and optimising your images back at base.
More information

Further Information

Walk Location Map

Walk location map

Lake District Walking

The Lake District National Park is seen by many as one of the scenic gems of the British Isles. The natural beauty has attracted many artists and writers through the centuries and today the same scenery provides the perfect backdrop to a wide variety of walks. The National Park is located wholly within Cumbria with Windermere, Ambleside and Keswick the main tourist towns. For many this is the finest area in England for walking with a wide variety of scenery. Even on the busiest weekends it is possible to get away from the crowds by carefully selecting one of the less-visited fells. More Information

Walk grading - Learn how each walk is assessed and select a walk to suit your ability and experience by going to Walk Grading Details.

Accommodation Nearby

Bawd Hall
Newlands, Keswick
4.3 miles / 6.9 km away
Midtown Cottages
High Lorton
4.6 miles / 7.4 km away
Stoneygill & Stoneyacre
Newlands, Keswick
4.7 miles / 7.6 km away
Ghyll Farm B & B
5.2 miles / 8.4 km away
Manesty Holiday Cottages
5.4 miles / 8.7 km away
* Featured Supplier

Self Catering & Cottage Holidays - Properties throughout the UK & Europe

Follow Walking Britain for the latest news. Facebook Twitter

Mountain Weather

Stay safe on the mountains with detailed weather forecasts - for iOS devices or for Android devices.