Date & Time: A selection of pictures from March 2007.

Location of Start : In and around the Lakes and coast of Cumbria Uk.

Places visited : Keswick, Catbells, Brandreth, Esk Pike, Ennerdale and St Bees on the west coast

Walk details : Three fell walks (see links further down) plus three other local walks.

Walked with : By myself, with Ann and our dogs, and finally with Sophie and her three retrievers.

Weather : From the sublime to the ridiculous, that's what tempted me to post them together !

The weather has really suited the daffodils this month - but March was also cold and snowy

 

Mid March and a forecasted cold spell hovered over Cumbria for a while - the road to work over Whinlatter Pass

The view of Skiddaw on the other side - from the lay-by overlooking Bassenthwaite Lake.

During lunchtime I had chance to wonder down to Derwent Water at the 'Boat Landings'.

   
An indoor entertainer by Mayson's Store
Outdoor entertainment by the Parks Department

It's too early in the season for crazy golf in Hope Park.

The Plant Stall has not yet opened for the season either.

But the Boat Landings are open for visitors all year round - Duck food on sale at the tearooms.

Tripple perspective - a seagull on a fence post, the boathouse on Derwent Isle, and beyond, Catbells and Maiden Moor in the snow.

The distinctive shape of Causey Pike, also with a dusting of white.

Castle Crag with Bessy Boot and Glaramara behind, taken from the boat jetty - rather cold and slightly grey.

On the way home, it was like a different day

late afternoon sun in Lorton Valley brings colour to Hopegill Head and Whiteside.

     

During this time we managed three longer walks, which have already been posted.

Click on the photos or on the links beneath them.

The weather was changing every day - from cold and grey on the 19th, to sunny and windy on the 20th, to hot and cloudless skies on the 24th.

By the 27th. the high pressure had set in and conditions were rapidly turning hazy. We had difficulty even seeing the fells.

The panorama that greeted us as we drove over to Ennerdale Valley.

Great Borne on the left, Crag Fell to the centre right, Ennerdale Water somewhere between.

That's more like it - a view of the lake - Anglers Crag from the Memorial Chair next to Ennerdale Water.

   
Great Borne across the lake.
Small pinnacles on the crag side.

Ann nearing the top of the climb to Anglers Crag, a reverse of the chair photo above, this time looking west to the coast.

The Upper Ennerdale Valley and the feint suggestion of Pillar Fell.

I think the Herdwick in the foreground makes this picture come alive - nothing else was inspiring the camera man.

Back down to the lakeside. We returned on the path below the crag this time.

The clocks had gone forward an hour last weekend and the early evening sun was still quite high.

Today (the 28th) we woke to find that someone had removed all but one of the mountains from our valley.

There was no point in driving to climb distant fells as there would have been no views, so we met up with Sophie, packed all five retrievers in the back of the car and went to the seaside.

Harvey, Daisy, Bethan, Harry and Bailey take to the sea - space to move at last.

We walked along the beach for a change, rather than climb the headland.

   
The eroded beach cliff - a varied mix of alluvial soils.
This gives the beach a delightful selection of coloured pebbles

Sea Dogs and Beach Groynes.

 

They played all the way

but when they lost their rubber ball in a pool

they stirred up the sand so much that

the only way to find it was to wade in and feel for it

with (cold) toes !

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Sophie and myself - photo by Ann of course.

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Considering the weather, this was a great little walk

and the dogs certainly enjoyed every minute.

 

Not only are the daffodils in full bloom, the new born lambs are looking well too.

I wonder what the weather will bring tomorrow ?

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Technical note: Pictures taken with a Canon G7 Digital camera.

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

This site best viewed with . . . one eye on the weather forecast.

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Previous walk - 24th March 2007 Seven go to Esk Pike in the sun

A previous time here - 7th November 2003 St Bees Head on a fine evening