Tim on Low Fell

Date & Time: 2.15pm start - Wed 22nd February 2006.

Location of Start : Thackthwaite Village ( NY 148 237 ) Cumbria. Uk.

Places visited : A walk to Fellbarrow, Low Fell and Loweswater.

Walk details : 4.05 mls, 1400 ft of ascent , 2 hrs 50 mins.

Walked with : Tim Lumley, Ann and the dogs.

Weather : Cold windy north easterly breeze, cloudy and sunny periods.


We started at the picturesque Thackthwaite village and walked back to the cottage in Loweswater, via the summit of Fellbarrow and along the ridge to Low Fell.

We finished with a steep descent at the southern end of Low Fell and walked back past Foulsyke House.

Tim and Ann (et al) plus a host of snowdrops
Our first view of Grasmoor after leaving the village.

Damaged trees from the storms of January 2005 still litter the fields.


Looking back to Crummock Water and the Buttermere Valley

through the last gate and out onto the fells.

The Whinlatter Valley viewed from above Thackthwaite.

The dark peak is Lords Seat, and the white cloud Skiddaw, with a fine covering of snow.

The main path climbs across the slopes of the fell opposite and zig zags up to the skyline

but we left it behind and headed up onto the open hillside, directly towards the Fellbarrow summit.

Tree skeleton overlooking our climb.
Harry - top dog - on Fellbarrow trig point.

Bethan, now big enough to climb the stiles herself.

The weather was improving fast but the high contrast between the distant snow and the darker foreground

made the exposure of the photo difficult to balance.

Blue skies and sunshine

greeted us as we reached the top of the ridge which would take us along to Low Fell.

Sunlight on Rannerdale

A close up of Rannerdale Knotts with a helicopter flying up the valley.

There was a national park helicopter flying stone up onto Whiteless Pike for much of the afternoon,

but this was a private helicopter which flew off in the direction of Gable and presumably Kendal.

One of the best viewpoints in the Lakes.

Tim and Ann on the southern end of Low Fell.

A panorama from just below the summit

from Whiteside and Grasmoor on the left to Melbreak and Hen Comb on the right

with the high fells of Robinson, the Gables, High Stile and the Ennerdale group behind.

High Stile from a less high stile !
Crummock from the Pine Tree

The lone Pine Tree on the slopes of Low Fell nicely catching the strong afternoon sunlight.


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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 large bowl of soup beforehand to stave off the cold breeze !

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Post script . . .  The weather in the Lakes is decidedly changeable.

This morning I looked out at Low Fell thinking of yesterdays warm, yellow, late afternoon glow on the tree . . .

how the weather had cleared so beautifully . . .

how we could see for miles . . . and miles . . . and miles . . .

Say no more !