Explore The Lake District's Secret Valley

Buttermere, Cumbria

Rannerdale lies between the smaller lakes of Buttermere and Loweswater, a true hidden gem in a place brimming with atmosphere and local legend.

Sometimes referred to as the 'Secret Valley', Rannerdale, is home to a blooming spectacle each year. Legend has it that after 1066 during the ‘harrying of the North’ the Norman invaders were lured into Rannerdale by the local Celts and their Norse allies, here they ambushed and slaughtered the Norman Knights to a man.

Now each year where Norman blood was spilled a profusion of Bluebells emerges each year turning this most secretive of places into a sea of blue.

Don’t miss your chance to see this unique place where visitors can enjoy hill walking and spectacular views.

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EThe secret valley of Rannerdale © Brian Sherwen

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