Saturday 1st June 2013

We'd been meaning to hike up Grasmoor earlier in the year, but kept getting poor weather and opted for some lower fells instead. It was looking good this weekend though, so we took the opportunity to get up one of the higher Lakeland mountains.

I've always thought of Crummock Water as a more quiet part of the Lakes, however that wasn't the case today. As we climbed steeply to the first summit, Rannerdale Knotts, we were greeted by several large groups. It would appear this is one of the busier low lying fells, easily accessed from the village of Buttermere.

The ridge walk along Low Bank off Rannerdale Knotts was a particular highlight, with craggy features and big views over Crummock Water and Buttermere. We then climbed steeply again onto Whiteless Pike where it was time for a lunch break, looking over to some paragliders dropping off the side of Robinson.

The ascent was easier from here onwards, along the exposed Whiteless Edge and onto the open fell side of Wandope, before the final push onto Grasmoor itself.

Descending off Grasmoor wasn't the easiest. The track falls away very steeply and is quite loose, so it was careful going, before gradually easing in gradient and becoming grassy bank.

Once down to Crummock Water, we cut through Rannerdale and the vast fell side of Bluebells here is quite a unique place to be and highly recommended, making late May a great time of year to do this walk.

Stats 'n that

Location info

How far and how long:

6.92 miles, 5 hours 30 minutes

Who was with me:

Jenny Cawthorne, Martin Bradley Thorne, Julie Bradley Thorne

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The ridge along Low bank looking towards Buttermere.

The ridge along Low bank looking towards Buttermere.

Whiteless Edge with Crummock Water beyond.

Whiteless Edge with Crummock Water beyond.

The final climb onto Grasmoor.

The final climb onto Grasmoor.

Bluebells in Rannerdale.

Bluebells in Rannerdale.