Sun-heightened Midsummer views tempt me from my work all day.
Hard to resist, so I promised myself a leisurely loop through Rannerdale when Best Beloved arrived home.
There’s been plenty of sunshine, perfect for getting out and enjoying both wide vistas and beguiling details.
Bracken fern continues it’s summer growth. It’s tall enough that the sheep can hide in it.
Rannerdale Beck provides the background music for this walk, splashing and gurgling along much of the way.
I could gladly sit down and watch the water tumble by for an hour or so…
Others aren’t so distracted, fitness requires movement and getting the old heart rate up. Drat!
Not giving in to my clumsy tendency, I watch my step through the slightly rocky bit. (I’ve a No Injury policy for the remainder of 2017.)
My companions are waiting at our walk’s midpoint, the footbridge over Rannerdale Beck. BB on the bridge, and t’other one is splashing about in the water flowing under it.
Rannerdale Beck is on the left as we start the gentle descent back toward Crummock Water.
I prefer to walk the loop in a counter-clockwise manner. That way you can enjoy facing the tumbling beck on the way up, and then be thrilled by the expanding view of the lake on the way back around and down.
Glorious, especially if you can catch the sunset over Melbreak.
No matter the weather or time of day, I’ve yet to be disappointed by the view. And it’s an easy walk for those of us who lack Fell Fitness or worry about falling over an edge.
The entire loop is under two miles – just enough for a quick injection of Lakeland Beauty.
Though the path up from Hause Point at Rannerdale Knotts can be a little narrow and rocky in spots, the walk along the southern foot of Grasmoor is along a wider track.
If you’re leery of fell walking, you could come up and return that way for the views. (The National Trust car park at Cinderdale is convenient for doing so.)
Full loop or hairpin walk, either way, you’ll want waterproof shoes.
To add to the enjoyment of this walk, you get to splash through a couple of small streams that come off of Grasmoor. They’re clear and cold, unless it’s a rainy winter when they are turbulent and turbid.
Since this June weather has been warm and sunny, the watercourses are quieter, but still lovely.
The long summer days of northern latitudes are a real joy. Plenty of time to enjoy the day once work is finished. It puts us in mind of the long, languid days of childhood summers.
The hedgerows are sprouting growth up and out, and narrowing the country lanes.
They are also filled with the buzzing of insects. I’m glad to see the bees pollinating the blackberries. I look forward to picking them, and making an apple and brambleberry crumble.
And so we return home. Glad to have looped the loop.
There’s just time for a drink and a nibble before bed.