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Date & start time: Saturday 9th May 2009. 4 pm start.
Location of Start : Hause Point car park, Rannerdale, Cumbria, Uk ( NY 160 184 )
Places visited : Rannerdale Knotts, Low Bank, return via Squat Beck/Rannerdale Valley.
Walk details : 2.75 ml, 1150 ft of ascent, 2 hours 20 mins.
Highest point : Rannerdale Knotts 1,160ft ( 355m).
Walked with : Jo and Ann and the dogs, Jodie, Harry, Bethan and special appearance by Polly.
Weather : Sunny and clear but a slight breeze, after a very wet morning.
Ann and Jo, part way up Rannerdale Knotts
Another cold, wet, windy day clears towards the end of the afternoon as forecast.
As Jo was with us we returned to Rannerdale to see the bluebells again.
It's been a damp week.
This was a rather nice end to yesterday afternoon. Today was the same but without the pot of gold.
Strong sunshine as we start the climb up Rannerdale at Hawes Point.
Nice views of Red Pike and High Stile across Crummock Water.
At the head of the Valley the sun is shinning on Brandreth and the valley of Warnscale Bottom.
Sunshine too on Green Gable and Haystacks.
It's always intriguing how Haystacks almost mirrors the shape of Great Gable behind.
Shadows now as we continue the climb.
I hadn't particularly noticed the dwarf Juniper bushes growing out of the rock before.
Harry waits for us a little further up.
Nice and clean, they sit quietly for a photo near the top.
Ann captures me sitting down and admiring the view of the bluebells far below.
The field behind Polly and myself has a definite blue tinge today.
Walking along Low Bank there's a fine view of Buttermere.
Above the village we pass an old sheepfold . . . it has seen better days.
Just before we cut down into the valley below, Jo also stops to admire the view.
That same distant field now in close up as we've walked down almost to the fence.
The blue colour is starting to fill the field as I look up towards Grasmoor.
The flowers are much more advanced than last week
and this tree is starting to gain it's first leaves too.
A study in blue, white and yellow.
Walking down towards the narrower part of the valley
the Bluebells are growing up through last year's bracken.
Crummock Water and the path to Cinderdale .
Ann and Jo on the opposite bank.
Rannerdale Beck, larger now as it has been joined by Squat Beck.
Looking back at the carpet of blue.
Bethan . . . you can tell by the red collar.
We just need a little more light . . . but there's a large cloud hiding the sun at the moment.
Just as we were leaving, the sky clears and the sunshine surges back into the valley.
I think the flowers were better than last week but still have a way to go yet before they reach their best.
With the cool weather it should give everyone chance to visit over the next few weeks.
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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 . . . an extra week of sunshine and showers.
Previous walk - 6th May 2009 Lanthwaite from home
A previous time up here - 19th May 2008 Rannerdale Bluebells visit
Next walk - 10th May 2009 Our Pembroke and Swansea Holiday