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" Rannerdale Knotts for Harry "
Date & start time: 2nd October 2019. 3.15 pm start.
Location of Start : By the red phone box, Loweswater, Cumbria, Uk. ( NY 143 211 )
Places visited : Hause Point, Rannerdale Knotts Low Bank and down the valley.
Walk details : 2 miles, feet of ascent, 1 hour 45 mins.
Highest point : Rannerdale Knotts, 1160 ft - 355 mtrs above sea level.
Walked with : Ann and our dogs, (Harry) Dylan and Dougal.
Weather : Sunshine and blue skies, a slight breeze on the top.
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It was a beautiful day, one of the best of the last month or so.
Rannerdale, which was one of the climbs our late Harry did many times, was calling him once again.
We ascended in wall to wall sunshine and enjoyed the day, pausing to think of our departed but deeply loved boy on the top.
The weather was superb, the reflected blues mirroring the sky above.
We set off from the car park by the road side and quickly started to climb up the path onto the Hause.
First views of the High Stile Ridge when topping out the first part of the climb.
Here the old track to Buttermere continues over the outcrop and down the other side . . . we follow the path left, on and up the fell.
We look down on Ling Crags on the far shoreline of Crummock, the lower crag now catching the bright sunlight.
Up a level and we can now see over to Wood House and Buttermere (lake) beyond.
The path traverses to the other side now and our views of Low Fell are centre stage once again.
Dylan is first up and checks our progress.
Up onto the rocky crag that fronts the crag.
This was a favourite place of Harry and Bethan who used to sit on the rock and take in the view from here.
This was Harry's 60th and final ascent of Rannerdale and now it was time for him to join his sister Bethan just below, together once again.
A poignant spot for us and one we can see first thing in the morning from our bedroom.
Dylan chooses to face the other way for his photo today.
Below is Buttermere, the village and the lake. Beyond are the high fells of Fleetwith Pike, the Gables, Haystacks and Kirk Fell over the back.
Actually you can see part of the Scafell Pike Ridge through the gap too.
We pause for peaceful contemplation on the summit cairn of Rannerdale Knotts having just scattered Harry's ashes.
Time to head along the knotts of Rannerdale Knotts.
Grasmoor and Whiteless Pike across the way are bathed in bright sunlight . . . in deep contrast to the Rannerdale Valley below.
Two locals who were not at all put out by our two dogs passing by.
They did generously move aside to allow us to climb the second highest knott up ahead.
The view along Low Bank . . . from Robinson Fell on the left to High Stile on the right.
Down in the trees the Honister Rambler bus leaves the village
on its scheduled run back to Keswick via the Lorton Valley.
We'll drop down into the valley once we can find the path down.
Not here . . . just a little further along, in the dip before the next rise.
Part way down the steep shortcut to the valley and our view is north to Low Fell once again.
Zooming in on our cottage in Loweswater.
See the big white house underneath Low Fell . . . that's not ours !
Down to the bridge in Rannerdale Valley . . . most used when the bluebells are in bloom.
Today the flowers are gone and the remaining leaves of the plants are hidden under a carpet of bracken.
We follow the beck down, heading back to the car now on the last section of the walk.
The hawthorn that featured in many of our May photos, now has small red berries instead of white blooms.
The shapely pyramid of Whiteless Pike takes centre stage in the background.
The large crab apple tree is surrounded by bracken, turning brown now after the first cold nights of autumn.
I think this is where we came in . . . as we used to say in the cinema.
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Technical note: Pictures taken with either Ann's Panasonic Lumix TZ60, or my Panasonic Lumix Gx8 Camera.
Resized in Photoshop, and built up on a Dreamweaver web builder.
This site best viewed with . . . a suitable final resting place for dear Harry.
Previous walk - 30th Sept - Setmurthy and the Derwent
A previous time up here - 2nd August 2011 Rannerdale with Dee and John
Next walk - 3rd October - High Nook - Holme Force