Date & Time: 15th February 2006, an afternoon walk.

Location & starting point : Maggie's Bridge, Loweswater, Cumbria Uk. ( Map ref: NY 134 210 N.W. Lakes map )

Places visited : Maggie's Bridge, High Nook Farm, High Nook Tarn, Holme Force and back to Maggie's Bridge.

Walk details : 3.6 miles, 680 ft of ascent. An extended local walk along the old coffin road above Loweswater

Weather : Cloudy but with a few breaks and some blue sky.

"There be dragons in the wood"

 

High Nook shelters in the valley underneath Carling Knott, Blake and Gavel and the farm track is possibly the continuation of what is known locally as the coffin road above Loweswater Lake.

Fallen timber form last years's gales seem to watch us as we go by.

 

Darling Fell and Low Fell

from the intake wall above High Nook Farm.

A grey afternoon with fast moving clouds but the blue sky was showing through in places.

but not towards the south west where the sun was.

The footbridge over High Nook Beck

Looking back, High Nook Tarn nestles under Black Crag, but unusually

the main beck of the valley passes it by and only a small stream drains that side of the valley.

Melbreak above the lower ridge of Hen Comb

with the farm in the foreground and Crummock water behind.

A cool blustery day as we walk above the woods.

Ahead was the Solway and Scotland, but visibility is not very clear today.

Through the winter woodland . . .

Whiteside and Grasmoor ahead as we turn and descend towards Loweswater.

   
Holme Beck Force
The top spout hidden amongst the trees.

The water tumbles down through the woods in a series of fine falls,

including this waterspout, captured this time in a long exposure.

Holme Wood Bothy - Hansel and Gretel country

(soft focus in the poor light !)

In the evening we joined with Pete Burgess, his family and friends

for a fine meal in the Kirkstile.

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

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

This site best viewed with . . . a southwesterly cloud gap for the sunshine !

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