Date & Time: Friday 21st March 2008. 3 pm start.
Location of Start : The red phone box, Loweswater, Cumbria, Uk. ( NY 143 211 )
Places visited : Scale Hill Bridge, Brackenthwaite Hows, Lanthwaite Woods, The Boat House and weir, back via Muncaster House.
Walk details : 2.8 mls, 500 ft of ascent, 1 hr 45 mins.Highest point : Brackenthwaite Hows 650 ft ( 208m)
Walked with : Cathy and Richard, Jack, Matthew, Sam, Alexander plus Ann and the dogs, Theo, Saffi, Harry and Bethan.
Weather : Blue skies and sunny.
" Nearly at the top now Alexander "
The family is up in Loweswater for an Easter break and so a short walk on their day of arrival was all that was required.
Cumbria Magazine in its March edition highlighted this favourite local walk of ours as the "Short Walk of the Month". This was greeted with dismay as it would increase the number of people using it, but it's a free country and the walk has a reasonable car park which we don't need to use anyway.
It claimed the true name of Brackenthwaite Hows as Cinder Hill, saying that you weren't local if you didn't call it by that name. I don't know who the author spoke to, but none of the locals we have ever spoken to call it that.
We know it as something different again - Scale Hill.
The Loweswater Fells from our ascent of Scale Hill (Brackenthwaite Hows) (Cinder Hill)
Jack and Matthew choosing their own ascent route under the crag.
Family photo time - Alexander is growing tall now he is three.
The High Stile Ridge at the back of the photo has a little snow on it. More is forecasted for the Easter weekend.
Sam towers over Alexander but that has a lot to do with the terrain on this occasion !
" Crossing in style "
Having walked the woods at high level, we cut down to the lakeside and to the boathouse where everyone could play on the small beach.
Whilst outside the dogs enjoyed a wetter sort of game.
We would have shut the door before we left but it is wedged open due to the banked up gravel inside the building.
It was built to store rowing boats in the heyday of Scale Hill as a famous tourist hotel.
Our route takes us back towards the foot of the lake on a good forest track.
Cathy on the beach where the dogs (and children) continue to play.
The location of the boathouse can be seen. It's less than a quarter of the way to Rannerdale Knotts in the middle distance.
Always a focal point, the sluice gates and fish ladder at the foot of Crummock Water.
Walking back up the opposite shore now, we are nearly back level with the boathouse.
A breeze starts up as the sun starts to set later in the afternoon.
Across the new Water Board bridge that allows us to cross the infant River Cocker back towards home.
The bridge also allows workmen to reach the water supply pump house on the side of the lake if needed.
A look back at Scale Hill from near the bridge.
No vast numbers of people on our walk today despite the route being recently advertised .
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Technical note: Pictures taken with Ann's Ixus Digital camera.
Resized in Photoshop, and built up on a Dreamweaver web builder.
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Previous walk - 14th March 2008 Going Ape at Whinlatter
A previous time up here - 8th December 2007 A Damp Scale Hill Walk