Date & Time: Wednesday 27th June 2007. 6 pm start.
Location of Start : The National Trust car park, Buttermere, Cumbria, Uk. ( NY 173 172)
Places visited : Buttermere, Low Bank, Rannerdale Knotts and return the same way.
Walk details : 2.6 mls, 1100 ft of ascent , 2 hrs.Highest point : Rannerdale Knotts, 1160 ft ( 355 m )
Walked with : Ann and the dogs, Harry and Bethan.
Weather : A sunny evening with sunny evening light and an occasional cool breeze.
A Lost Sheep ? . . . " No, I live here - just call me Bracken"
Rannerdale Knotts, High Stile and Red Pike with Crummock Water in front.
An late afternoon walk today and the weather improved beautifully in time for our drive up to Buttermere.
Haystacks as viewed over Crag Farm at Buttermere.
The path starts beside the small roadside quarry and up towards Whiteless Pike. In the distance is Knott Rigg (Newlands Pass).
The bracken appears to be very invasive in this part of the valley.
Two locals watching us pass by. Our walk would take us along the ridge behind them.
The strong afternoon sunshine, combined with high, fast moving clouds produces wonderful light and shade patterns on the fells.
Haystacks is in shade but Gable Crags are bathed in strong westerly sunlight so that all the gullies stand out clearly.
On reaching the ridge we had a fine view of Whiteless Pike, but instead turned left to walk along to Rannerdale summit.
The top Rowan tree is seemingly growing out of the rock.
The darker, heathery slopes of Grasmoor behind contrast with the green bracken of Whiteless Pike.
Buttermere Village and the High Stile Ridge from Low Bank.
Further round the ever changing cloud patterns keep altering the highlights, and the perspectives change between one fell and another.
Haystacks and Warnscale Bottom in sunshine now and it's Green Gable and Great Gable's turn to be in shadow.
Looking the other way the editor, not the photographer, pauses for a moment of contemplation.
" I can see our house from here ! "
Ann takes another picture of the dogs . . . the wind just catching their ears.
The wind is catching mine too, but it just doesn't show in the same way !
Who left Ann in charge of the camera today ?
Harry and Bethan catch the best views from the far end of Rannerdale Knotts
Looking north across Crummock Water and Loweswater to a distant Scotland (Dumfries and Galloway)
Low Fell and Fellbarrow and third fell ?
The clear air was making Criffel look like a Lake District peak instead of a Scottish one.
Turning for home now, a view of Buttermere once again with an old sheep fold in the foreground.
Herdwick and High Crag as we walk back down to the car.
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Technical note: Pictures taken with a Canon Ixus Digital camera.
Resized in Photoshop, and built up on a Dreamweaver web builder.
This site best viewed with . . . superb scenery on your doorstep and a time to enjoy it.
Previous walk - 21st June 2007 Low Fell with Paul, Tamsyn and Robert
A previous time up here - 17th March 2006 Rannerdale to home - a longer dog walk