The Rannerdale Horseshoe

The Rannerdale Horseshoe was the next walk on the list, and again we had glorious sunshine start to finish. The main peak of this walk is Grasmoor at 857m and is the largest peak in book 6 the North Western fells. You cannot miss this fell as its massive peak dwarfs the rest to the east of Crummock water but get there early as the car parks fill up quickly .

The Route: A steep challenging slog all the way to the first peak Grasmoor however no scrambling just loose scree, make sure you get the weather right and take ample provisions. You will need OS Map OL4 - and Wainwrights Book 6

You will find a couple of parking spaces along the side of Crummock Water (
Map) these are free just don’t leave valuables on show inside. From here just head east and follow the track that leads through Lad Hows (Map) you will see Cinderdale Beck for part of this early stage. Its a steady slog however when you reach about 500 metres it starts getting very steep indeed and a few stops were made to catch our breath. You cannot miss the route in good weather and the path is easy definable, the route sloops around and after about 2 hours uphill we finally reached the summit of Grasmoor 852metres, the views from here are stunning and if the weather is fine the summits of all the big fells are easy to spot. Pillar, Scafell pike, Great Gable are easy to spot and if you have trouble just get out your Wainwright for some help, you will also see the Irish sea and the Solway Firth you can spend ages up on the summit top. The top of the fell is flat and grassy and you will find a shelter up there if needed but on our trip the weather was fantastic we climbed the whole walk in a T-shirt with all water proofs and other surplus gear on our backs. We then made our way east along a well trodden path and at this point (map) you can make your way to Crag Hill (Map). We have climbed this fell before so we decided to walk to Wandope (Map) instead, along good ground and again after fell spotting from the top went along the Whiteless Edge (Map), the edge is narrow but nothing dangerous and makes for good walking to the last of the big fells Whiteless Pike (Map) and finally down again to a cross point (Map) where if your legs are tired head home along Squat beck or head uphill again for the fourth fell Rannerdale Knotts (map). We decided at the top of Rannerdale Knotts to double back to Squat beck as the walking was good and a nice downhill all the way, there is a route off the peak to Hause point (Map) but it looked steep and the legs where ready for the fish Inn and a pint!

Fantastic walk of about 7.63 miles and about six and a half hours to do the whole thing at a nice walking pace, refreshments needed afterwords can be found in Buttermere with a great selection of Beers.