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Date & start time: Monday 2nd February 2009. 4 pm start.
Location of Event : The red phone box, Loweswater , Cumbria, Uk ( NY 143 211 )
Places visited : A low level, round trip of the valley.
Walk details : 3 ml, 500 ft of ascent, 1 hours 5 mins.
Highest point : Flass Woods under Mellbreak.
Walked with : Myself and the dogs, Harry and Bethan.
Weather : A cool, grey afternoon after the overnight snow.
Monday snow on Low Fell, from the cottage.
While London and the South East woke to the heaviest snow for twenty years we received just a basic covering here in the valley.
However there's enough snow to cover the roads and turn all the fells white again.
This was the scene this morning.
The overnight snow was laying on the roads but it was not deep enough to cause problems.
After late lunch it was time to take the dogs out for a walk.
Guess where we started !
Low cloud obscured Gable so Haystacks stands out as the apparent head of the valley.
The renowned Kirkstile Inn from Kirkhead.
Mellbreak across the snowy fields.
Low Park houses and Crummock Water in the distance.
I took the short climb up towards the foot of Mellbreak but turned left and skirted underneath the northern face of the fell.
Ahead is the misty face of Grasmoor . . . there's snow in the air.
Flass Woods becomes Green Woods about here, though today it's more white than green.
[ The square wire mesh fences are there to protect some newly planted replacement Oaks. ]
I take the higher path through the woods until I look down on the lake.
Haystacks at the head of the valley is looking decidedly misty now.
Time for a quick descent keeping to the side of the path as the snow covered grass is decidedly slippery.
Down at lake level by the Pump House,
looking up to Rannerdale Knotts and the High Stile Ridge.
At the end of the lake we have a small weir and sluice gates.
" Down at Water level "
As the light starts to fade I made my way back through Scale Hill Woods and headed home.
Dog walking done in a most delightful way.
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Technical note: Pictures taken with with my Cannon G7 or Ann's Ixus 75 Digital camera.
Resized in Photoshop, and built up on a Dreamweaver web builder.
This site best viewed with . . . a days holiday to enjoy the conditions.
Previous walk - 2nd February 2009 Snow in the Loweswater Valleys
A previous time up here - 23rd October 2008 A stormy Loweswater