Date & Time: 9th and 10th January 2008.

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

Places visited : Cinderdale to High Wood, plus Hopebeck Valley.

Walk details : Two local walks with the dogs

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

Weather : Wednesday, windy but dry / Thursday, dry after heavy rain.

Red Pike and High Stile with a slight wintery mantle



Yesterday we parked at Cinderford car park alongside Crummock Water for a short walk along the lakeside.

Overnight rain had fallen as snow on the high fells but at our lowly altitude everything had just got wet.

Red Pike from the start of the walk.
One of the minor streams draining Grasmoor.

The tide is high and the lake isn't even tidal - normally there's a path along the back of the gravel.

Bethan - she's not keen on entering the cold water.

Lakeside trees with bright afternoon light . . .
. . . shining across the lake from Mellbreak.

Looking back up the lake.

Rannerdale Knotts to the left.

Suddenly there was a bright light at the northern end of the valley . . .

Sunlight on Darling Fell.

The woodland here is almost Scottish, with the Birch, Pine and Heather.

An unnamed stream best described as Lanthwaite Beck reaches the lake just before the Lanthwaite Wood gate.

Just through the next part of the wood is the Crummock Boathouse that we often reach from the other direction.

Time to turn round and walk back - just like Ann has done.

Re-crossing a small bridge before taking the path up to the road.

Rather than walk all the way back along the lakeside we crossed the road and completed the walk on the slightly higher ground.

Overflowing streams and damp ground needed to be avoided

as we made our way back to the car at Cinderford.

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Today (Thursday) Ann took the dogs up Hopegill Valley, catching an hours walk after the rain had stopped.

Just one small patch of sunlight above the Loweswater Fells.

Harry hiding in the rushes
His swimming pool is too fast flowing for a dip today.

" You can still throw me a stick if you want "

Even though our two dogs are half brother and sister (same dad) they are of subtly different personalities.

Harry is always close, wanting to play with a ball, stick or whatever is to hand.

Bethan is off in a world of her own, tail up, nose down, head in the undergrowth, chasing smells across the fields and fells.

A picture paints a thousand words !


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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 stick for Harry and a mouse for Bethan.

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