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Sunday 21st April Two walks from Rannerdale, nr Buttermere in the Lake District

posted 13 Apr 2013, 00:22 by jenny rookes   [ updated 13 Apr 2013, 02:20 by Steve Roberts ]
The snow has gone  and we are optimistically hoping that the world famous blue bells of Rannerdale will be puting on a great show - but its still a beautiful walk with or without them!
The two walks we have planned will both start from Rannerdale car park by Crummock Water and stay together for the first stretch to view the bluebells,after that we part - to meet up at the end of the day at Gill's hospitable house for tea and cake.
Walk 1 : Rannerdale to Buttermere via Squat Beck, passing through Buttermere to walk around Crummock Water, pausing to visit Scale Force in its narrow gorge, around the foot of Melbreak to Lanthwaite woods and Rannerdale or direct to Gill's. Approximately 7 miles of mainly flat Lakeside walking (although some people may wish to put in a diversion to climb the excellent view point of Rannerdale Knotts. 
Walk 2 :  A high level, undulating ridge walk in the heart of the Lakes with spectacular views all the way. Rannerdale to Whiteless Pike,which is a steep but not unrelenting climb with plenty of excuses to stop and look back at the unfolding Buttermere skyline, brings us to Wandhope and Eel Crag before we dip down to Coledale Hause where some of us will rest and eat lunch while others will nip off to "bag" Grasmoor or Sail!. From Coledale Hause we begin the fantastic ridge walk to Hopegill Head and Whiteside and descend beside the gill to Langthwaite Green and along the intake wall towards Gill's house.
This walk is approximately 7 miles ( although there are many possible variations so its hard to be sure) and about 2900 feet of ascent.

We will meet at 10.15 at Rannerdale Car Park ( by Crummock Water ) or in Buttermere itself where there is a NT car park free to members and other spaces which however have to be paid for. Please let me or Gill know if you are coming and we'll be in touch on Saturday afternoon/evening to arrange final details and car sharing.

As always, please come prepared with suitable clothing and footwear and whatever you need in the way of food and drink. Volunteers to lead either walk would be very welcome.

In gassho