Date & Time: 27th April 2007. 3 pm start. ( NY 143 211 )

Location of Start : Round and about the red phone box, Loweswater, Cumbria, Uk.

Places visited : Loweswater, Kirkhead, Mosedale pool, Loweswater Village Hall and back.

Walk details : 2.4 mls, 400 ft of ascent , 1.25 hrs mins.

Walked with : Ann and the dogs.

Weather : A beautiful early summer day from dawn to dusk.

One of our local red Squirrels on an early morning visit to the garden

 

We first noticed him in the tree at the bottom of the garden,

but he was on a mission today and moving fast, rather than stopping for a snack at our bird table.

   
Head first down the trunk of the tree . . .
. . . and skillfully crossing the fence at the bottom of the garden

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Our neighbours had asked us to take a photo of their house

as they will be moving soon to be closer to their family, so today would be a great chance to walk up the village and do the honours.

Firstly I passed Rose Cottage across the road from us.

It's available for holiday lets if anyone wants to stay for a week in this area.

Loweswater - The Old School House where they currently live.

The ground floor was extended just over fifty years ago to create a Village Hall, and it is used for many local events including the Tethera Players performances.

The house, silhouetted slightly in the bright morning sunlight.

. . . and from further up the road, giving an idea of the superb view they enjoy of Crummock Water and the Buttermere Valley.

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After a pleasant lunch in the garden, Ann joined me for a second local walk to exercise the dogs.

Over the wall, Grasmoor towers high above Crummock as we walk the Mosedale track past Chris Todd's cows.

A photogenic young calf takes as much interest in me as I do of him.

   
Mellbreak from the track which takes us on . . .
. . . to the Mosedale Beck above the outake walls of the farm.

Bethan enjoying a walk in the water by the stepping stones to Hen Combe.

   
Harry waits for a stick to be thrown . . .
. . . then he is able to go for a swim to fetch it.

On the way back I diverted to catch a second photo from the Hall when the afternoon light may be better for views down the valley.

This is Loweswater Church in the centre of the village.

   
The Kirkstile Inn, Hotel and Brewery, with Mellbreak behind.
The Millennium Relief Sculpture set into the wall of the Village Hall.

 

The sculptured plaque can be seen again in this wider panoramic shot taken from the Hall.

Later in the afternoon, the view up the valley is a little clearer than before.

Grasmoor is the fell to the left, Mellbreak to the right.

 

Rannerdale Knotts is the low, rock fell in the centre above the church.

On the top road now with the Vicarage slightly hidden behind a couple of large Oak trees.

One of Johnny Vicker's young lambs in the field with his Mum.

Scale Hill, the old hotel in the background has now been converted to self catering holiday accommodation.

More locals, this time with a backdrop of Rannerdale, Crummock and distant Great Gable.

The large house at the top of the fields is known as Foulsyke House.

The rear barns have been converted into more delightful self catering accommodation for visitors.

Foulsyke enjoys one of the best views in the valley, but it's a close call between this and the Village Hall.

The smaller property known as Oak Cottage doesn't do so bad for views either !

Late in the afternoon our son arrived to stay for a few nights.

He had an ulterior motive for his visit, but in the mean time he can help his dad with a few chores !!

   
Gareth helping get the grass cut, overseen by . . .
Mike, his work colleague, who has joined him for the weekend.

They have travelled up from Swansea ( Wales as you can see ) for a sporting event locally.

Whether it will be a successful visit, sport-wise, will be revealed 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 . . . a rather fine shirt like Mike's

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