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Friday 9th May 2008

Start point: Rannerdale Bridge (NY 163 192)

Rannerdale Bridge - Lad Hows (534) - Grasmoor - Crag Hill - Wandope - Thirdgill Head Man - Whiteless Pike - Whiteless Breast - Low Bank - Rannerdale Knotts - Rannerdale Bridge

Distance: 7.5 miles     Total Ascent: 1080 metres     Time Taken: 3 hours 30 minutes

Weather: Dull with showers. 19oC.

Route Map

There were two reasons to come to Buttermere today - to walk the Lad Hows ridge to Grasmoor and to see the Rannerdale Bluebells out in force. A third reason was that it has been warm and sunny all week, surely there would be more of the same today, or would there? I thought so as I headed off in shorts and tee shirt with plenty of sun block on...

Grasmoor from Cinderdale Common.

Cinderdale Beck.

Rannerdale Knotts from the start of the climb to Lad Hows.

Casper manages to keep still whilst the water flows around him in Cinderdale Beck.

Mellbreak across Crummock Water.

High Stile and Red Pike beyond Rannerdale Knotts.

Casper on Lad Hows.

The climb to Grasmoor from Lad Hows.

Layers of fells - the Scafells beyond Great Gable and Robinson beyond Whiteless Pike.

Buttermere from Grasmoor.

Heading for Crag Hill from Grasmoor in an odd light. The path appears continuous from here but actually dips sharply down at the point.

Thirdgill Head Man and Whiteless Pike from Grasmoor.

The summit of Crag Hill.

Casper spots the rain coming in from Keswick.

That'll wash the sun block off! Derwent Water between Outerside, Barrow and Causey Pike

Descending to Wandope.

Grasmoor from Wandope.

The view from Wandope looking over Newlands Hause.

It was bucketing down with rain now descending Whiteless Edge to Whiteless Pike from Thirdgill Head Man.

Crummock Water and Loweswater from the descent.

Great Gable, Pillar and Haystacks across Buttermere.

High Stile from Rannerdale Knotts.

Mellbreak across Crummock Water from the desecnt of Rannerdale Knotts.

Heading into Rannerdale.

All Bluebells are blue.

Mellbreak and Rannerdale.

Casper in Bluebell city.

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