Drawing 244: Whiteless Pike and Rannerdale Knotts
Direction of view: ENE
Notes: This can be taken from south of the south top of Mellbreak, before much height is lost.
This view is Lakeland Mountain Drawing 481, and it appears on page Mellbreak 10 in The Western Fells, and page 164 of Fellwalking with a Camera. The photograph has a grassy foreground which has been omitted from the sketch. The mountain drawing is a wider view, including Robinson and the view to Thirdgillhead Man.
Comments: I took this picture on 10th October 2016 (see 289 for an account of that day). A cold wind was blowing, so holding the camera steady was the main challenge!
Wainwright reports that Rannerdale is, “by repute, the scene of a successful ambush of Norman forces by the natives in the years after the Conquest”. These days Rannerdale’s reputation has much more to do with the glorious carpet of bluebells that appear here every Spring. Its name, however, has a romantic-sounding meaning: the valley with the shieling frequented by the raven.