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Date & start time: Saturday 5th September 2009. 11.15 am start.
Location of Start : The Bleach Green car park, Ennerdale, Cumbria, Uk ( NY 086 153 )
Places visited : The weir, Bowness, Irish Bridge, The (other) Side, Angler's Crag and back.
Walk details : 7.5 mls, 450 ft, 4 hrs 30 mins including lunch.
Highest point : A slight rise over Robin Hood's Chair on Angler's Crag.
Walked with : Helen, Jo, John, Ann and the dogs, Jodie, Amber, Polly, Harry and Bethan.
Weather : Low cloud, damp and breezy but we managed without getting wet today.
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Back to the Lakes and the weather has taken a turn for the worse. It seems we left the fine weather behind in Suffolk.
Here the weather is forecasted as wet and windy so we decide on a low level walk round Ennerdale Lake instead of a high level outing onto the fells.
Ann is the photographer for the group shot today.
The new face belongs to Helen, Ann's school friend from many years back, who is over from Australia visiting family and friends.
John and I on the bridge over the River Ehen as it leaves the lake.
There's a good flow of water over the weir
which matches with the weather Cumbria has been having while we were away.
We decide on a clockwise circumnavigation of the lake today, starting and ending at the western end.
Here the three girls stride out along the lakeside path.
The Triathlon is becoming a popular sports event in Cumbria in recent years. It usually involves swimming, cycling and running over long distances.
These three folk seem to be practicing the long distance swimming part, the girl in front having been given a head start before the two fellas join her.
Through the trees . . . Great Borne topped with cloud.
We were hoping for a dry walk but the atmosphere is damp and occasional showers encourage us into full waterproofs.
When the lake was raised (by the height of the small weir) many years ago the water company also surrounded
much of the lake on this side with a dwarf wall. It protects the track but doesn't look too good in places.
A bridge over a small stream uses modern concrete sleepers rather than old wooden ones.
Are those bolts holding it in place or are they remnants of a rail line somewhere else in the country?
Despite the grey conditions there were several bright highlights.
Here the bright Rowan grows next to a bush of rich flowering gorse.
It's certainly a good year for the Rowan.
If you go down to the woods today . . . you're sure of a big surprise !
Today's lunch spot is a lot more civilised than usual.
Helen and John deep in conversation under yet another heavily laden Rowan Tree.
The new Irish Bridge at the head of the lake.
In the old days it was made of small parallel pipes but the new design allows the fish to migrate up river more easily.
The other side of the lake is known as . . . " The Side "
. . . and we take the path that works it's way back down towards Angler's Crag.
The day's first real patch of sunlight illuminates Bowness Knott
and the forest near our earlier lunch spot.
Helen leads the way carefully over the slippery stones.
There's a good pitched path alongside this side of the lake due to being a popular walk, especially on a wet day like today.
The Ennerdale Pinnacles stand clear of the side of Crag Fell
but it's summit is still just touching the clouds.
A photo for the Australian album as Ann and Helen cross Red Beck.
Onward now . . . following the lakeside path . . . it sure makes navigation easy today !
The only significant ascent of the whole walk is found on the short section past Angler's Crag.
Harry looks back as the others disappear over the top.
More sunshine now as we near the end of the walk.
Back at the memorial chair on the site of the old Angler's Hotel.
[ The seat was dedicated to 'Ian Forsythe and Prince' and the Lake District Search and Rescue Dogs Association.]
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Technical note: Pictures taken with Ann's Cannon 75 digital camera.
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This site best viewed with . . . a few days left before Helen's return to Oz.
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A previous time up here - 22nd March 2008 Anglers Crag at Easter 08
Next walk - Sunday 6th Sept 2009 High Rigg with Helen