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Date & start time: Sunday 26th April 2009. 4.20 pm start.
Location of Start : Thackthwaite Village, Lorton Valley, Cumbria, Uk ( NY 149 238 )
Places visited : Thackthwaite, Watching Crag, Low Fell, South viewpoint, Foulsyke and home.
Walk details : 3.25 ml, 1150 ft of ascent, 2 hours 10 mins. (linear walk)
Highest point : Low Fell 1,387ft ( 423m)
Walked with : Roger and the dogs, Harry and Bethan.
Weather : Sunny with high clouds, superb visibility but a cool breeze.
Low Fell as seen from our kitchen window at lunchtime.
It's Sunday in Loweswater . . . and the dogs needed a walk.
After a busy morning, the view from our window as we ate lunch drew our attention to the alluring ridge of Low Fell.
We haven't walked up there for a while . . . .
The same ridge as seen from underneath our Oak Tree in the garden.
We shall be returning from our walk along the wall adjacent to the sign post with the blue notice.
To make the walk a linear one, we drive the car two miles or so to the hamlet of Thackthwaite.
Walking up the lane through Thackthwaite, Roger and the dogs pause to look over towards Whiteside and Grasmoor.
Our route sets off through the fields.
The ridge ahead is the northern end of Low Fell.
The high fells come in to view at the top end of the Buttermere valley.
The distinctive shape of Great Gable with Scafell Pike, the smaller rounded bump in the far distance.
To the left is the High Stile Ridge, High Crag, High Stile and the cone shaped Red Pike.
Roger walks up the track on Low Fell side, Harry carrying a stick.
Behind them, Rannerdale Knotts can be seen besides the slopes of Grasmoor, with Mellbreak on the left behind the fir trees.
Roger and Harry reach the start of the zig-zags. Harry still wanting his stick to be thrown !.
Fellbarrow is the fell in the background
Half way up the zig-zags with the Lorton Vale, the Solway and the mountains of Scotland just visible in the far distance.
We reach the summit ridge. Lanthwaite Hill is the high ground above the woods bordering Crummock shores.
The long white building on it's slope is the former Scale Hill Hotel, now holiday cottages.
Roger keeping to the edge.
The Skiddaw massif is the large bulk of high fells on the far left.
I love this view !
Our cottage nestles below and the view into the central fells over Crummock and Buttermere takes your breath away.
Roger and the dogs at the northern and higher summit of Low Fell.
We continue to walk the path along the ridge which will lead us to the southern summit
and the fine viewpoint overlooking the valley ahead.
To the left Ladyside with the shadow, Grisedale Pike, then the small pointed summit of Hopegill Head
at the far end of the Whiteside ridge (to the centre of the picture). Grasmoor is the large fell on the right.
Loweswater from the southern summit, with Hen Comb, Great Borne, Gavel and Carling Knott.
A dark High Nook tarn can just be seen in the valley ahead, below Black Crag,
Looking up Mosedale, flanked by Mellbreak to the left and Hen Comb on the right.
Lingcomb Edge can be clearly seen above Mellbreak curving upwards to Red Pike.
I know I am biased, but this really is one of my favourite views ! We are now at the viewpoint, looking directly down
on Loweswater hamlet . The Kirkstile Inn, the white building, is next to the Church and is directly in line with Harry.
More of the scattered dwellings of Loweswater with Whiteside as a backdrop.
We reach the woods and continue our way downwards.
Having left the wooded area, we look back up to the summit viewpoint and the lone Pine tree.
Over the stile in the wall, with Mellbreak behind.
Foulsyke with pretty Cherry blossom and the sign post which points out the path besides the wall leading to our cottage.
The blue notices requests dogs to be on a lead in fields during the lambing season, which is well under way now.
Only two fields separate ourselves and a cup of tea !
Roger and the dogs on the final stretch. Our Oak tree is starting to become green and behind it Mellbreak towers majestically.
The High Stile ridge catches the afternoon sun, as does distant Haystacks, Green Gable and Great Gable beyond.
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Technical note: Pictures taken with with Ann's Ixus 75 Digital camera.
Resized in Photoshop, and built up on a Dreamweaver web builder.
This site best viewed with . . . someone to fetch the car for us !
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