Oak Cottage - Loweswater

Retreat to the quiet of the Western Lakes

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Date : Tuesday 7th June 2005

Location : Grey Knotts and Brandreth at the head of Buttermere Valley in the Cumbrian Lake District.

Occasion : An evening walk in summer sunshine with Ann and the dogs.

Walk details : 3.1 miles 1250 ft of ascent, 2.5 hrs

Weather : Hazy blue sky with a slight but warm breeze.

Apart from two people descending as we climbed Grey Knotts, the only other people we saw all evening were these two in the far distance on the path down from Esk Hause!

A short drive up the valley to Honister Pass and the car park at Honister Hause.

A glorious evening after a fine day.


"Fill yer boot for £10"

I wouldn't mind fitting that in my boot !

Honister YHA

In the foreground, a rainguage weather station.

Climbing up to Grey Knotts

Ann, Harry and Bethan.

First view of Gable and its crags

as we reach the summit of Grey Knotts.

A beautiful evening as we walk towards Brandreth

The dogs had a swim in the small tarns, and the time was now about 7.15 pm

From the high ground our view was spectacular, not a person on sight. We had to get the binoculars out to check and could only find two people over the whole landscape, and they were the same size as midges on a ceiling !.

A spare fencepost was floating in the tarn

but it now sits at the side, retreived by Harry.

Halfway to Brandreth

The second of the two tarms along the ridge.

Looking back to Grey Knotts from the summit of Brandreth.

The old fence post stands sentinal, away from the new hefting fence which we followed across the top.

The setting sun reflecting on Ennerdale Water,

causing a blue haze to the north west.

Bethan claiming the high ground.

With no children in tow, it is now the dogs that race for the summit cairns.

The Buttermere Valley in vertical profile.

Click here or on the photo for a full panorama of the two northwestern valleys


Back to Honister at 8.15 still with warm evening sunshine.

Sculpture in slate at the mine car park.

Sunset over Buttermere as we journey home.


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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