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Date & start time: Wednesday 24th June 2009.
Location of Start : By the red phone box, Loweswater , Cumbria, Uk. ( NY 143 211 )
Places visited : A leisurely stroll up to the Mosedale pool and back via the woods and meadows.
Walk details : 2.2 mls, 350 ft, 1 hrs 20 mins.
Highest point : A swim in the warm water for the dogs (and myself)
Walked with : Myself and the dogs, Harry and Bethan.
Weather : Blue skies and very warm, occasional clouds.
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A hot day was forecasted and they were right.
Occasional high clouds hid the sun and dropped the temperature slightly as they passed overhead, but not for long.
The dogs needed a walk with a chance to cool off . . . and so did I.
Breakfast time and the volcano of Whiteside has interesting wisps of clouds which rise from it's apparent summit.
Round toped, lenticular clouds formed as the warm air is forced up into cooler regions above.
It's a hot day and it looks hot too !
Rose Cottage holiday visitors have some wonderful weather this week.
Living up to it's name . . . with Roses round the door !
Mine are wild Dog Roses on the side of the cottage as the dogs and I set off for a local walk.
It's too hot for the high fells today, though the slight breeze would make conditions a little cooler up there probably.
Foxgloves and Grasmoor . . . just down from the Kirkstile Inn.
At Kirkhead Farm the cows are sitting down in the shade . . . not forecasting rain . . . but because it's too hot to stand for long in the sunshine.
Distant Graystones and the Lorton Valley from the Mosedale track.
To think, last week we were on the top of that ridge wearing gloves, hat and scarf due to the low temperatures and high winds.
Today Harry and Bethan are the ones overdressed, so a dip in the river is most welcome.
Harry leans out for a stick . . . just a little too far to reach !
So he dives in to collect it . . . fetches it back to me . . . and starts the whole cycle again.
One more time . . .
Bethan . . . with one leg longer than the other . . . . for running round sloping fells !
She is normally less keen than Harry about swimming, but not today.
It was so warm in the water that I decided to join them too. (Sorry no photos)
A close-down rather than a close up photo of the beck with Hen Comb behind.
Just a little further down is a delightful second pool . . .
. . . enjoying dappled sunshine in the mid-afternoon heat.
Leaving the river we walk round through Flass Woods . . .
Underneath the northern flanks of Melbreak . . .
. . . and down through the woods to Low Park.
New trees have been planted to replace those lost in the gales a few years back.
Wire mesh protects five young Oaks from the wooly maggots of the forest . . . the sheep !
Beautifully vibrant poppies in Low Park garden.
Wild Foxgloves just outside.
Over the stile and looking back at Rannerdale Knotts.
Visibility today is excellent.
Great Gable and Green Gable at the apparent head head of our valley, with a slate gatepost close at hand.
One or two fields here rival the meadows we saw recently in Swaledale.
Buttercups and Red and White Clovers, and many more . . . on the way over to the stile.
Stocky Leicester Rams in the field close to home.
Tonight the visibility holds
and the sunset changes the colour of the distant fells.
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Technical note: Pictures taken with with my Cannon G7 Digital camera.
Resized in Photoshop, and built up on a Dreamweaver web builder.
This site best viewed with . . . a drawer for the hat, scarf and gloves from last week.
Previous walk - Tuesday 23rd June 2009 Keswick's Castle Head
A previous time up here - 19th April 2006 Hen Comb and the lead mines with Jo
Next walk - Thursday 25th June 2009 A St Bees Sunset Walk