Rannerdale is commonly known as the Valley of the Bluebells, although it is a fantastic walk at any time of year. If you want to go when the bluebells are out, you’ll need to go at some point in May. There are three options available on this walk: 1) an easy, mostly flat 0.5 mile out and back (1 mile in total) to see the bluebells. 2) a moderate 3 mile circular walk which doesn’t take in Rannerdale Knotts summit but does go through the bluebells or 3) a steep, quite tricky but very rewarding 2.6 mile route that takes in the bluebells and Rannerdale Knotts summit, which is a Wainwright Fell.
Today was our 100th family walk in the Lake District. And it was an epic! Hay Stacks stands 597 metres (1958 feet) in height. But starting at Honister gives you an advantage as that is 332 metres (1089 feet). This also makes it a Wainwright fell, to tick off the list! It is 2.2 miles there. We did an out and back so 4.4 miles in total.
A 2.8 mile circular walk up to Fleetwith Pike from Honister Slate Mine. Another Wainwright ticked off, but a difficult climb for little legs. Amazingly beautiful views from the top over Buttermere and Crummock Water.
Scale Force is a beautiful waterfall near Crummock Water. It’s probably best seen before the tree foliage gets too thick, but it was still worth a visit today.
Starting from the pay and display car park, walk round the Fish Hotel onto the path towards the lakes. Follow the path and when you get a fork, take the left path which will lead you to the lake. With the lake in front of you, turn right which will then lead you to the base of the Sour Milk Gill falls.
Moss Force is only about a 150 metre walk from the free car park at the top of Newlands Pass to the falls. Take the left fork to go to the bottom cascade and the right fork to head towards the top one.