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Date & start time: Boxing Day, Friday 26th December 2008. 2.55 pm start.
Location of Event : The red phone box, Loweswater , Cumbria, Uk ( NY 143 211 )
Places visited : Foulsyke, the Pine Tree, Low Fell, the Pine, Whinny Ridding Wood and back via Foulsyke again.
Walk details : 2.5 ml, 1075 ft of ascent, 1 hours 50 mins.
Highest point : Low Fell southern summit 1340 ft ( 412 m)
Walked with : Ann and the dogs, Harry and Bethan.
Weather : Sunshine and uninterrupted blue skies. delightfully cool winter air.
Trees at Christmas . . .
The weather seems to have changed for the better as we get a second dry, sunny, cool but wonderful winter day.
Ann and I take the dogs for a short local walk which we extend upward in view of the fine weather.
The walk starts by crossing the farmland to Foulsyke,
the large house at the top of the fields, but looking small compared to the bulk of Low Fell behind.
On the way we get views across to Whiteside, resplendent in the afternoon sun.
One of the "Best views in Lakeland"
Crummock Water, Rannerdale Knotts, Haystacks and Great Gable taken close to the top road.
Our near neighbours vacate the viewpoint in search of their afternoon tea no doubt,
leaving us with a clear view of the valley.
By now I had decided to call this page "Christmas Trees" as this classic sunny winter's day shows them off at their best.
However Ann wanted to climb further so in my mind it became "Low Fell and Trees at Christmas".
Climbing steadily now we reach the sheepfold.
This is a beautifully round sheepfold
on an almost level piece of ground half way up the fell.
The climb continues to get steeper until we near the top.
My darling Ann, my darling dog Harry and Darling Fell,
with the Solway Firth in the distance. (no comments about naff captions please !)
The view from this top . . . the southern viewpoint of Low Fell.
Following indistinct sheep tracks we make our way down the steep western side of the fell.
Bethan catches the late afternoon sun and seems to be really enjoying the view.
Not to be outdone, Harry climbs the next rock down.
I think they are getting the hang of this "posing for photos" idea.
The sun has set behind the Loweswater Fells and now the Pine Tree is in quite deep shadow.
Behind, Whiteside catches the sun except for those parts not shaded by the outline of Mellbreak's abrupt silhouette.
The sun has gone from the main valley too as we reach the tree line again.
Great Gable is just high enough to catch the last of the westerly rays of the setting sun as they stream up hidden Ennerdale.
Closer at hand, Grasmoor catches the last of the sun
as we make our way home for our cup of tea . . . and perhaps a nice, warm mince pie to go with it ?
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Technical note: Pictures taken with with my Cannon G7 camera.
Resized in Photoshop, and built up on a Dreamweaver web builder.
This site best viewed with . . . a winter high pressure system sitting over the Lakes
Previous walk - 25th December 2008 A Christmas Walk up Fleetwith
A previous time up here - 2nd September 2006 A wet and windy Low Fell walk and the OFC Dinner