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Date & Time: Saturday 8th April 2006. 2 pm start.

Location of Start : Loweswater, Cumbria, Uk. ( NY 143 211 )

Places visited : Scale Hill, Lanthwaite Hill, Crummock Water and back.

Walk details : 2.66 mls, 500 ft of ascent , 2 hrs 40 mins (including hovering time)

Walked with : Helen, Gareth, Ann and the dogs.

Weather : Rain and hail clearing to beautiful sunshine

A local walk today.

 

 

Just as we were get ready to leave a wintry shower passed overhead, so we were delayed further while we found sufficient waterproofs for everyone.

Helen had not been to Loweswater before so we were keen to show our area in a fine light.

Unfortunately someone had just turned the light off !!

Still there were signs of improvement . . .

A feint rainbow low down in the Lorton Valley heralded the possiblity of some fine weather.

   

Grasmoor House and Grasmoor Fell

Helen and Gareth with Low Fell behind.

 

Crummock and the snow covered high fells

Melbreak, now free of cloud, has got away without any lasting residue of snow.

But the top of the valley has not.

Brandreth, Gable, and the High Stile Ridge have a fresh cover to add to that of the last few days.

The clouds roll away to the south revealing the furthest summits at the head of Buttermere,

 

and allowing the sunshine and blue sky to take its place over the Loweswater Fells.

 

Our route took us over the stile

and down through the dappled shade of the oak trees

in the upper part of this mixed woodland.

The High Stile Ridge through a clearing in Lanthwaite Woods.

 

At the far end of the woods is the old Boathouse, and a seat to rest while the boys play.

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Trees on the water's edge

Melbreak in the background

This must be the bluest and sunniest day I've seen at Crummock . . .

or has it just been a long winter ?

Ann and Helen

warmly dressed for the start of the walk, not best for the current conditions.

Crummock from the northern shore near the outfall.

 

   
The tall Pine by the lake.
Spring Daffodils

Flat calm waters as they gently flow over the weir.

 

Red Pike in close up from the same place.

From here we followed the riverside path down to the Scale Hill car park, a path which only weeks ago was impassable due to flooding.

Back to the village.

 

Muncaster House

looking up the valley past Rannerdale Knotts to Haystacks and Gable in the distance.

A wider valley panorama from the road.

From this slightly higher spot the lake is once again visible. A small pool in the field is still full after recent heavy rains.

Evening light - red skies at the end of a fine afternoon.

Low Fell silhouette

 

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