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Date & start time: Wednesday 19th November 2008. 4 pm start.
Location of Event : Gummers How car park, Fell Foot Brow, Cumbria, Uk ( SD 389 876 )
Places visited : Gummers How, a Wainwright outlying fell.
Walk details : 1.25 ml, 400 ft of ascent, 50 minutes.
Highest point : Gummers How 1045 ft ( 321m )
Walked with : Ann and the dogs, Harry and Bethan.
Weather : Damp with a generally low cloud base but not actually raining.
The signpost to Gummers How near the picnic area car park.
Gummer How is a popular viewpoint overlooking the southern end of Windermere and deserves a blue sky and still reflections.
Not today though as the clouds roll in . . . but we'd planned this walk for other reasons.
Fell Foot Park at the foot of Windermere, looking across to the steamer terminal at Lakeside.
After some Christmas shopping in Keswick, we had driven south over towards Windermere and stopped off here before lunch to
walk the dogs for a few moments in the park. These are the boathouses belonging to the old estate, now run by the National Trust.
Fell Foot is where the lake turns into a river and flows off towards Newby Bridge.
The recent high water level has left one of the big steamers stranded on the shore . . .
or perhaps they've hauled it out for winter maintenance . . . probably the latter !
Lakeside with one of the smaller lake steamers moored up in front of the Aquarium and ferry terminal.
There is a bit of brightness looking up the lake . . . but not a lot.
A view of Gummers How which we plan to climb after lunch.
Friends recommended a meal at the Hat Trick Cafe in the Yew Tree Barn, Low Newton.
We drove a few miles south from Newby Bridge and found it alongside the old road through the village.
The Wild Boar at the entrance to the Antiques Sale Room within the barn.
A treasure trove of antiques and building salvage.
Be careful not to lose your head once inside !
Before that however, the dogs need a walk and we have never been up Gummers How.
We park at the picnic area car park.
The walk starts up the road a short way and strikes off up a well trodden path.
Great views of Lakeside as we climb.
Good views too, down to Newby Bridge and over to the Hoad Monument at Ulverston.
Nearly at the top and the views of Windermere open out before us.
You can just imagine the blue skies and autumn colours !!
A short walk up but now it's time to return.
The weather is looking even less enthusiastic but it's mild and we're not getting wet, so that's a good thing.
The limestone scar of Whitbarrow in the distance as we look south west.
The main reason for today's visit was to call in at Sean and Louise's shop in Ash Street, Bowness.
Chance to pick up some 'Made in Cumbria' presents for Christmas.
Technical note: Pictures taken with with my Cannon G7 or Ann's Ixus 75 Digital cameras.
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