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Date & start time: Thursday 16th October 2008, 1.30 pm start.
Location of Event : Syke Farm, Buttermere, Cumbria, Uk ( NY 143 211 )
Places visited : Round the Lake via Burtness Woods, Peggy's Bridge, Gatesgarth, Hassness & back.
Walk details : 4.25 ml, 300 ft of ascent, 2 hours.
Highest point : The Buttermere Ice Cream Shop (physically and maybe even mentally)
Walked with : Myself and the dogs, Harry and Bethan.
Weather : Equal prospect of sunshine and rain, both of which managed to make an appearance.
A Round Buttermere Ice Cream sign . . .
Another classic walk, not up but along this time. A popular low level walk but with fewer people today due to the weather.
A forced diversion adds to the height climbed on this more or less level walk which I started from the village of Buttermere, close to the Ice Cream Shop in fact.
Ann's in Buttermere Hall at a craft meeting with friends so it's just the dogs and myself today.
The Fish Hotel and Croft House Cafe.
High Snockrigg above the village is an outlier of Robinson which is out of sight behind.
The river outlfow and the classic view of Fleetwith Pike at the top end of the lake.
Again, this time from next to Sour Milk Gill.
I know water levels have been high . . . but I don't think they reached this height.
There's a nice patch of sunlight making its way up the valley.
It's currently shining on Rannerdale Knotts but Grasmoor behind has a covering of low cloud.
A few minutes later it was highlighting the fell side above Hassness House.
Down by the beach the dogs have walked on ahead and made some new friends.
Leaving Burtness Woods via the lakeside gate.
Up ahead, a yellow machine clawing away at the pathway has been explained by a notice further back along the track.
Footpath repairs under the auspices of "Fix the Fells"
The driver is building a raised path due to the poor drainage along this section of the path.
The new elevated motorway section.
Can't work out where the grey soil comes from but they skim the surrounding banks to landscape the site.
The other end of the diversion. The original path here has been cut up by the machines.
Presumably this will be incorporated into the repair plan.
Danger . . . Men at Work ahead.
The final section of the path leading to Peggy's Bridge.
Now that's a more natural width of path for this type of environment !
I thought I might get a nice clear picture of Haystacks today
but the passing rain shower had other ideas.
More development at the head of the valley as the diggers finish the landscaping around the new sheep shed at Gatesgarth Farm.
The circular route now follows the road for a short while till it reaches the shore again at the beach by the Buttermere Pines.
The repaired path can be seen on the other side of the lake, below Burntness Combe.
The sun highlights the recent rain which fell on Haystacks.
Back on the lakeside path, the contrast of light and shade doesn't help photography.
A wider panorama includes Fleetwith Pike and the start of the climb to High Crag.
Low flying geese . . . makes a change from Tornados.
There's more sunshine possible if that patch on Mellbreak heads this way.
A choice of routes . . . this is the continuing path around the lake back to the Land Rover.
My route takes me more directly up towards the village.
The sheep pens at Wilkinsyke Farm.
A fine sandstone arch on the farm buildings.
Back to the shop and the end of the walk.
The tarmac is wet but we've managed to stay pretty dry today!
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Technical note: Pictures taken with with my Cannon G7 or Ann's Ixus 75 Digital cameras.
Resized in Photoshop, and built up on a Dreamweaver web builder.
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