Lake District: Rannerdale Knotts, Whiteless Pike, Wandope,
Sail, Eel Crag Hill and Grasmoor
20 May 2012
Another day, and a beautiful morning. We drove to Crummock Water for an
exploration of some of the north-western fells, culminating with Grasmoor. This
isn't an area of the Lake District I know well, and so I was looking forward to
the exploration. This is the view across Crummock Water as George and I walk
along the road from the car park.
A look back along the road to Grasmoor. We will descend steeply along the Lad
Hows ridge on the right of the fell later in the day
First comes Rannerdale Knotts, ascending the route of the old road, long ago
surplanted by the motor road around its base which runs level with the lake.
George runs ahead as usual when I climb slowly, always keen to show the way.
With some height gained on Rannerdale Knotts, another view of Grasmoor and the
curving descending Lad Hows ridge; to its right, Wandope and Whiteless Pike.
Looking down on the head of Crummock Water with Buttermere beyond
The walk ahead takes us along the ridge of Rannerdale Knotts and then a climb
onto Whiteless Pike
George shows the way along the pleasant ridge of Rannerdale Knotts
On Whiteless Pike, the route to Wandope
From the western top of Wandope, it is an easy grassy walk to the higher top on
the right of picture. Centre is Eel Crag Hill
From Wandope, looking to Crag Hill left and Sail, right. A path runs across the
upper part of the crag to get to Sail without having to visit the top of Crag
Hill, which we'll visit on the way back. Wandope is my 100th Hewitt
(two-thousand-feet summit) - and 142nd
and 164th Wainwright.
A look backwards to Grasmoor, our final objective
Heading for Sail
George pauses before tackling the little rocky ascent
George is intrigued by the placement of the cairn on the summit of Sail. Sadly
the cloud cover is increasing, but it remains high and well above the summits,
at least around here, and crucially it remained dry.
From Sail, looking to Crag Hill which we will cross
On Crag Hill, George's 100th Wainwright, looking on to the final objective of Grasmoor
George by the wall shelter on Grasmoor. He was pleased to find someone's
rejected sandwich here.
From Grasmoor, looking across Crummock Water to yesterday's
Starling Dodd (pointed, centre) with Great Borne
to its right.
About to descend the steep Lad Hows ridge, which curves down to the right.
Centre-left is Whiteless Pike which we climbed earlier, and centre-right is the
ridge of Rannerdale Knotts.
Having successfully negotiated the steep part of the ridge, it is fairly easy
going now, through the heather
Another very pleasant walk with some good views, though the weather deteriorated
more than expected. After yesterday's walk where I saw no-one, today I saw a few
but it was still fairly quiet as soon as I was away from the car parks in the
Total distance 13.4 km and 1271 metres of ascent in 5 hours 50 mins