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Date & start time: Sunday 5th July 2009. 11.30 am start.
Location of Start : Thackthwaite Village near Loweswater , Cumbria, Uk. ( NY 148 237 )
Places visited : Fellbarrow, Watching Crag, Low Fell, South viewpoint, Foulsyke and home, plus a short excursion to the village hall afterwards.
Walk details : 4 mls, 1375 ft, 3 hrs 15 mins.
Highest point : Low Fell 1,387ft ( 423 m )
Walked with : Myself (Ann), David McNaughton and the dogs, Harry and Bethan.
Weather : Blue skies and high clouds . . . warm enough to eat a cream tea outside !
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David, a Yorkshireman by birth, is over from America on holiday and joins Ann for a last walk before returning to his family and home in the States.
He chooses Fellbarrow and Low Fell after reading about them in the Wainwright books. ( Roger is at work today.)
David's view of the Low Fell ridge from our cottage.
We shall be visiting Watching Crag on the far right of the ridge, and the conical view point on the left.
To enable us to make this a linear walk, we leave one car at the hamlet of Thackthwaite, returning at the end of the day to pick it up.
Here David and I are climbing up through the fields from the car,
he is admiring the far ridge of Lord's Seat and Broom that he walked with us a couple of weeks ago.
A beautifully camouflaged Golden Ring Dragonfly.
We traverse across Smithy and Sourfoot fell sides to reach the path along the Low fell ridge.
Skiddaw can be seen in the distance above Whinlatter Pass.
Harry and Bethan reach Watching Crag ahead of us. Behind them are Whiteside and Grasmoor.
The view from Watching Crag with Mellbreak, the High Stile Ridge and Crummock.
On our way to Low fell summit we met and chatted to Andrew, who was staying at Buttermere Youth Hostel.
He recognised us from our website . . . Good to meet you Andrew.
David and Harry at Low Fell summit.
David moves closer to the edge to take in this view of the Loweswater fells and the lake below.
Loweswater, High Nook farm and the twin valleys of White Oak and High Nook.
The classic Loweswater view from the same viewpoint.
From there it is downhill all the way . . . rather steeply !
The Loweswater Tree
David's photo of Harry and I besides the tree
Crossing the fields to home.
The viewpoint we were at earlier can be seen directly above Foulsyke House.
Finally a last field to cross and we're home.
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The following photos are all courtesy of David as they were taken on his camera.
The bunting is out at the Loweswater Village Hall for the annual Fete (and David's arrival ?).
After our walk we indulge in a very welcome cream tea with scones and jam.
The view from the hall is breathtaking . . . all the way up the valley to the Gables.
David has bought a few books at the fete, I have bought some gooseberries !
In the field below us belonging to the Kirkstile Inn, the jumps are laid out for Anna to practice with her horses.
The Millennium Bronze just behind our table.
The prominent model buildings are the Church and the Inn below us and all the fells we can see in the valley are numbered and listed.
The (full size) Kirkstile Inn with it's magnificent backdrop of Mellbreak Fell.
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Technical note: Pictures taken with with Ann's Cannon 75 or David's Digital camera.
Resized in Photoshop, and built up on a Dreamweaver web builder.
This site best viewed with . . . someone else to make the tea.
Previous walk - Saturday 4th July 2009 Water Aid 6 Peaks Challenge
A previous time up here - 31th May 2005 Thackthwaite to Low Fell and home
Next walk - Saturday 11th July 2009 Cold Fell and Matty Benn's Bridge