Date & Time: Thursday March 1st 2007. .

Location of Start : Opposite the red phone box, Loweswater, Cumbria Uk. ( NY 143 211 )

Places visited : Scale Hill (Lanthwaite Hill), The Boat House, Crummock Water and home.

Walk details : 3.25 mls, 600 ft of ascent, 2 hours or so.

Walked with : Ann and the dogs, Harry and Bethan.

Weather : Grey and over cast but improving all the while until it became really blue and sunny.

Daffodils blooming in the garden on St David's Day

 

Having returned from our holiday to a very distant and cold place, we are back home and in need of some exercise to ward off the jet lag.

Our retrievers were in need of a walk too, so it was a local outing today, down to the lake.

Loweswater obviously hadn't been as cold as we had been, so the garden was starting to take on some colour.

   
The Rhododendrons bursting with their pink flowers
The Snowdrops and Primulars are in bloom too

 

   
The Daffodils are looking spring like . . .
But the Puffins need a Spring Clean !

 

Recent rain has meant the river levels are reasonably high. The farmers are complaining that the constant waterlogged fields mean that even the sheep are

turning the ground into mud, so much so that a few have even brought them into their barns just to protect the grass and give it chance to survive.

No such problem for us today

as our route stays clear of the muddy fields.

 

We take the footpath up through the Scale Hill Woods

and climb onto Lanthwaite Hill.

 

Our climb uses the old steps

cut into the steeper rocky section

near the top of the woods.

The dead bracken gives an autumnal feel, but a bright and colourful Grasmoor has a definite spring look as it emerges above the hillside.

The sun makes a break as the clouds start to disperse.

This is Loweswater hamlet and Loweswater itself in the background.

That's our house down there . . . see the posh one on the right . . . That's not it !

Looking down the Lorton Vale side of the hill, past Swinside, to Lorton's Kirk Fell.

Ahead though is the eye-catcher. Looking south along Crummock Water to the Buttermere Valley.

Grasmoor on the left, Mellbreak on the right, and the high fells in the distance.

A close up of the high fells, with Great Gable standing clear of Haystacks, and both showing above Rannerdale Knotts.

To the right of Great Gable's snowy summit is Ennerdale's Kirk Fell, an altogether bigger mountain than Lorton's.

A close up of the snow and of Great Gable's northern crags.

Walking on round the Lanthwaite Hill we get a closer view of Grasmoor, above the Lanthwaite Green houses.

Then the path cuts down to the lake. This is the old Scale Hill Hotel boat house on Crummock Water.

Blue skies, gentle breezes, a classic view from the northern end, looking across Crummock to the High Stile Ridge.

   
The classic old Scots Pine
Harry should be bringing the sticks back !

A full river at the bridge downstream means a full river flowing over the top weir and fish ladder.

As the weather had improved, we extended our walk to include the section of the lake round to the Pump House.

Nearly home now, Grasmoor House and Grasmoor behind in the late afternoon sun.

And we could not go back indoors without one last view at the high fells

which we haven't seen for the best part of a month.

 

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