Oak Cottage - Loweswater

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Time and place : Crummock Water Shoreline.

Occasion : A late morning walk with family - Ann, Paula, Thomas (aged 3 1/2) and the dogs.

Walk details : From the Trust car park down through Long How Woods to the southern end of Crummock, and return via the village.

Weather : A frosty start left clear blue skies and hardly a breath of wind.

Parking at the National Trust car park we made for the shores of Crummock Water for a change.

This wood is known as Long How.

Looks worse than it is. A good size path cuts down through the rocks to the shoreline.

In the beautiful sunshine the woodland moss was a bright green.

The stream is Sail Beck after it has passed through the village and past Sykes camp site.

In the distance Haystacks and the slopes of High Crag.

What a view - just stop and enjoy it - Melbreak across Crummock Water.

Not a breath, not a ripple.

None that is till the dogs arrived and chased the sticks left in the water by recent visitors.

Thomas too was making waves, or trying to.

Ling Comb above Burtness Woods from the promontory at the southern edge of Crummock

Note the high tide line from the floods of the last few weeks.

All is calm, a few ducks took off from the river to our left but the water remained so calm you could see every stone as the beach shelved away.

Over towards Wood House and nearer to the slopes of Rannerdale.

Here the Sail Beck enters the lake.

The jetty at Wood House, normally used for launching the rowing boats,

but today quiet and abandoned apart from one small visitor.

Time to get back to the village.

A view of Fleetwith Pike from near the lake.

A similar view but this time including Haystacks to the right.

The field to the left forms part of the campsite but today is empty despite being half term week.


Technical note: Pictures taken with a Canon IXUS 400 Digital camera.

Resized in Photoshop, and built up on a Dreamweaver web builder.

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