Date & Time: Saturday 4th November 2006. Midday walk.

Location of Start : Loweswater Cumbria, Uk. ( NY 144 211)

Places visited : Crummock Water and Loweswater village.

Walk details : A local walk down to Crummock Water and back. No climbing and no great distance today.

Walked with : Ian, Paul, Ann and our dogs.

Weather : Overcast with cloud on the tops. A sligh breeze, mild. (a Met Office euphamism for poorer weather)

 

 

Ian, a friend of ours, was in the Lakes at the start of a weeks walking tour with his friend Paul.

They started here in Loweswater, a convenient starting point for the north western fells, and a practical place for them to leave the car for the week.

We joined them on the start of their walk to "send" them on their way.

Mellbreak, seen across the local fields, is clear of clouds but Hen Comb is shrouded in mist.

The fine clear weather of the last few days has gone as a cold front moves south from Scotland, bringing moist westerly winds to our part of the world.

For those that know it, Puffin Tarn, an occasional Lakeland tarn in the local field that develops after a wet spell of weather.

Despite the recent sun, the mild temperature and higher rainfall this month still have the upper hand.

Ian and Ann cross to the Pump House, the outflow regulator control room for the water supply from Crummock.

Paul relaxing into the mood of the Lakes, at the start of his week's holiday.

   
Harry meets a friend, a 12 week old Jack Russel.
The weir at the foot of the lake.

The water level has dropped about a foot since the heavy rains of last week, significant on a lake of this size. Just imagine that volume of water !.

Autumn colours on the mixed woodland of Lanthwaite Hill.

Rannerdale Knotts are clear but the Buttermere Fells are still swathed in low cloud.

More friends for Harry to play with at the beach at the foot of the lake.

The Scale Hill boat house with the slopes of Grasmoor behind.

Ian and Paul are making slow progress, but they are only going the Buttermere Hostel. They are in no hurry, and it must be nearly lunchtime !

In the meantime we return home via the scenic, rather than the direct route.

Autumn colours are slow to appear in the valley this year

due to the extended mild weather.

 

The recent cold nights have brought the first frosts of the season

but the trees, unlike the tender garden plants, are slow to react.

 

These lakeside trees are only now changing colour.

The beach at the northern end of Crummock as we climb the slope underneath Mellbreak.

The white building is Rannerdale Farm underneath Rannerdale Knotts. In the distance Haystacks just catching a covering of low cloud.

Back now towards the Kirkstile and past a pool the dogs love to swim in.

I think these buttresses are the parapits of an old bridge that served a 19th C lead mine in the fields opposite.

   
Low Park Bridge, hidden in the trees,
The picture postcard view of the Kirkstile Inn, with Mellbreak behind.

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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 . . . two rucksacks and a weeks holiday in prospect.

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