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Rannerdale Knotts on a sunny Sunday
Date & start time: Sunday 20th June 2010, 12.30 pm start.
Location of Start : Hause Point car park, Rannerdale, Buttermere, Cumbria, Uk ( NY 163 184 )
Places visited : Rannerdale Knotts, Low Bank, Squat Beck, Rannerdale Valley, and back to Hause Point.
Walk details : 2.5 mls, 1000 ft, 2 hrs 15 mins.
Highest point : Rannerdale Knotts 1160 ft - 355m
Walked with : Gary and Sheena, Gareth and Kathryn, Ann and the dogs, Tim, Harry and Bethan.
Weather : Sunny again.
Gary and Sheena join us for a local walk up Rannerdale.
They missed out on the bluebells this year but Gary wanted to try his new panorama programme
on a set of photos taken from the top.
Rannerdale would suit Gareth and Kathryn very nicely too.
Parking at Hause Point below Rannerdale Knotts, Gary checks his camera equipment
as I take the dogs over for a dip in the lake to start them off . . . today is another hot day !
What's happened to the lake . . . the tide's out !
Apparently we've only had 50% of our usual rainfall in the last six months and they're considering a hose pipe ban
which is unheard of for this part of the country, and quite a contrast to last November's floods.
It's Sunday and many other people are enjoying the area in different ways.
The panorama of Crummock, Mellbreak and Low Fell as we climb.
Contrails and clouds.
Today's happy group pause for a photo.
Sheena, Kathryn, Ann, Gareth and Gary . . . with all three dogs even though they are not paying attention.
A second dip in some water for Harry
as he finds a small spring and a narrow stream on the front of the fell.
" Can't understand why those dogs keep wanting to get wet "
" They wouldn't be doing it if they had to stay out all day and all night, right through the year "
More boats on the lake in front of Wood House.
Raymond is gathering sheep at Rannerdale Farm below.
We will climb up past the rocks to my right on the last part of the climb.
Gary reaches the top and sets his camera up for his 360 panoramic photo.
[ Move your cursor over the photo to see if he's going to take any more]
Bethan just manages to pose for the camera right in front of Gary and I.
Who says dogs don't know where to sit for maximum attention !
The summit of Rannerdale Knotts looking towards Gable.
Fine weather clouds just touch the top of Great Gable but quickly move on.
Gareth and Kathryn touch the highest point before they move on too.
The second Knott or summit a little further along the ridge.
We have walked the length of Low Bank and find the path down into Squat Beck (Rannerdale) Valley.
The bracken has grown and the valley is now decked in summer greens.
All the bluebells have disappeared in favour of the bracken.
Even the bank opposite is green now.
Some of the sheep from Rannerdale Farm have been herded up this way and are seen progressing along the Cinderdale track towards the open fell.
Rannerdale's spring blues have changed to summer green
and had we not walked here in May we wouldn't have had an idea that this valley was any different to a hundred others locally.
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Technical note: Pictures taken with either Ann's Canon 75 or my Canon G10 digital camera.
Resized in Photoshop, and built up on a Dreamweaver web builder.
This site best viewed with . . . tea in the garden to rival yesterday's scones ?
Previous walk - 19th June 2010 Muncaster Fell with Gareth& Kathryn
A previous time up here - 18th May 2010 Rannerdale and the Bluebells in May
Click here for Gary's photos from today.
Next walk - 21st June 2010 The Classic Howtown Walk