Date & Time: Tuesday 12th June 2007. 1.45 pm start.
Location of Start : Roadside in Thackthwaite Village, Cumbria, Uk. ( NY 148 236 )
Places visited : Thackthwaite, Fellbarrow, Low Fell, Foulsyke and home.
Walk details : 4.25 mls, 1350 ft of ascent , 2 hrs 30 mins.Highest point : Fellbarrow 1360 ft ( m )
Walked with : Andrew and Dave Mason and our dogs, Harry and Bethan.
Weather : Sunny to start, but this just lulled us into a false sense of security.
Thackthwaite House at the start of the walk.
Andrew Mason and his father Dave, friends we have made through the Online Fell Walking Club, visited the cottage today but didn't let the prospect of poor weather stop their exploration of Low Fell and Fellbarrow.
Despite delaying their walk with a spot of lunch the poor weather unfortunately got the better of the afternoon, but we all still enjoyed this fine local walk.
The area suffered in the New Year gales of 2005 ( the year Carlisle got flooded ) and several of the fallen trees still litter the fields adjacent to the lane.
The weather looked reasonably good as we started the walk so a picture of Grasmoor seemed in order.
I think it turned out to be more of a picture of the cow ands the trailer, due to the rather flat light this afternoon.
Andrew wished to climb Fellbarrow, so a diversion from the path up Low Fell took us across the Meregill Beck valley and up past these old pines.
Unfortunately the increase in height and an approaching cloud seriously affected our long distance appreciation of the countryside !
Close up views were not affected however, and neither did it stop Harry and Bethan vying for the position of top dog.
A lack of long distance views caused is to concentrate on the ground around our feet.
It appears that the reduced stock levels on the high ground is allowing the return of a greater range of flowers to the fells.
It needed a steep climb down from the south western end of Low Fell to clear the hill fog and regain our view.
In the distance is Crummock Water and in front of it, the white gable end of Foulsyke, which we would pass on our way back to the cottage.
The Scots Pine, normally an imposing natural feature on the fell side, is subdued by today's poor weather.
Lower down another stand of Pines showed more signs of the storm damage of 2005.
[ The furthest fallen tree took out the pylon and halted our electrical supply for a week at that time.]
Foulsyke House advertising holiday accommodation in it's converted barns.
Damp but not dispirited, we return to base.
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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 . . . second sight in the mist.
Previous walk - 9th June 2007 Caw and Haycock from Bowness Knott
A previous time up here - 28th January 2006 Low Fell on a sunny winter's day
Next walk - 14th June 2007 Hopegill Head on a Rough Day