|Name of walk||Bluebells and Rannerdale Knotts|
|Date of walk||2015-06-04|
|Distance walked (miles)||6|
|Duration of walk||4 hours 10 minutes|
|Weather||Sunshine and blue skies|
|Peaks on walk||Rannerdale Knotts|
|Parking||Car park near Rannerdale|
Ged and I were working on Thursday morning but were free after the maths exam. So in order to make the most of the best weather day of the week we decided to head off to Rannerdale straight from work in order to see the bluebells in flower before they had all gone, and to take a walk up Rannerdale Knotts and then walk down to Buttermere. A walk of about six miles.
Suited and booted consummate education professionals in the morning.
Booted and relaxed fell walkers in the afternoon!
Looking up to Grasmoor. We had parked in the middle of the three car parks near to Rannerdale.
Crummock Water with Mellbreak on the left and Low Fell ahead.
Walking into the Rannerdale Valley. We are a couple of weeks too late to see the bluebells at their best. Work commitments and weather had conspired against us, but there are still enough in flower to satisfy.
Looking up to Whiteless Pike.
We cross the beck as the best of the Bluebells are on the side of Rannerdale Knotts. We stop and have our lunch by the beck.
Again looking back to Whiteless Pike.
Grasmoor behind us. This is a gentle little walk even by itself, but we also wanted to incorporate a Wainwright so we head to the shores of Crummock Water and the way up to Rannerdale Knotts.
View north from Crummock Water.
We head up the pitched path.
The views soon open up to reveal Buttermere and the fells beyond.
It is a steep ascent, a combination of pitched path and grass, but not difficult.
Loweswater can now be seen too.
Yellow gorse in flower on the side of the fell.
Summit view, including Fleetwith Pike, Great Gable and Haystacks.
The way ahead towards the Newlands Valley and the way down to Buttermere.
Looking back to Rannerdale Knotts.
View down the Rannerdale Valley.
'Shauna the Sheep', especially for Sue Fryer, who was amused that I even managed to squeeze a sheep photo into my Buckingham Palace blog post.
Route down to Buttermere with High Stile and Red Pike behind....maybe our next walk on Monday, weather willing!
The Newlands Valley and the slopes of Robinson.
At Syke Farm. Ice cream and coffee....the two life essentials! Two ice creams Ged? Being a bit greedy there!
View down the length of Buttermere to Fleetwith Pike and Haystacks.
A passing maths teacher takes our photo, we chat about this morning's GCSE exam paper, the state of education and the worsening regard for teachers, before heading back in the direction of Crummock Water.
View back from the shores of Crummock Water as we make our way back to the car park, this time on the road.
Greylag Geese and goslings in the field.
I can just imagine confused foreign visitors with their phrase books out.
White Wagtail. Or possibly Pied, but it is a bit rude to shout out "Show us your bum", just to be absolutely sure.
We had driven to Buttermere and walked down to the shore for the classic view back to Fleetwith Pike and Haystacks.
View to High Stile and Red Pike.
A seat with a view. It is now 6pm and all is quiet. We drive back via the Honister Pass and Keswick.
The walk took us four hours and ten minutes, including a lunch stop and a coffee break. A gentle walk with great views and temperatures of over 21C. Almost like summer!