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Date : Friday 8th October 2004

Location : Fellbarrow, Lorton Valley, Cumbria.

Occasion : An late afternoon walk with Jill, Ann and Harry the dog.

Walk details : 2 hours. 2.8 mls 1,050 ft of ascent.

Weather : With the afternoon sun, after a clear fine day. A slight north easterly cool breeze.


A fine afternoon plus beautiful clarity of the air gave us this fine view over Scale Hill, Rannerdale and Haystacks, all the way to Great Gable in the distance.

To our right as we walked the track way up, distant Skiddaw under a cap of whispy cloud could be seen above Whinlatter Valley.

Lorton's Kirk Fell is in clear sunshine whilst our immediate foreground was fast becoming shaded by the setting of the sun behind Fellbarrow and the Low Fell Ridge.

Autumn is upon us and the season belongs to the Fungi.

As we crossed the fell, the damp ground encouraged the growth of small toadstools, some of delicate proportions.

These Puff-balls however were bold as brass in the pathway, past their pristine best they are in the process of splitting and collapsing as they spread out their pores ready for the next generation.



Ann and Jill nearing the top of the ridge.

The summit cairn of Fellbarrow and beyond it the Scottish Coast.

As with many outlying hills, the views both out onto the lowland and back into the higher fell add a bonus to the walk that makes up for their apparent lack of height or majesty.

Turning back now before the sun goes down and the cool northeasterly breeze takes charge of the temperature.

The late afternoon light was absolutely beautiful, casting golden yellow colours over the fell grass and illuminating the peaks around. Each of the summits from here to Scafell Pike, peeping out between Gable and Kirk Fell, were highlighted with sunshine and shade.

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Horizontal sunshine on the bracken of Whiteside, the rocks of Grasmoor,

and the topmost part of Rannerdale Knotts.

The sunshine complimenting the autumnal colours of Hopegill Head


A last view of Hopegill before we made it back down to the valley and the car.

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