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The Low Fell Tree Walk
Date & start time: Monday 15th February 2010, 11 am start.
Location of Start : The red phone box, Loweswater , Cumbria, Uk ( NY 143 211 )
Places visited : Foulsyke, Low Fell Pine, down the steep fence and back via Whinney Ridding woods.
Walk details : 2.2 mls, 650 ft, 1 hr 45 mins.
Highest point : The sheep fold on Low Fell 911 ft
Walked with : Sue, Paula,Thomas and Abi, Ann and the dogs, Harry and Bethan.
Weather : Overcast with a short rain shower. Cool.
Paula, Sue (her friend and colleague at school) and Ann set off across the field . . .
. . . following the children towards Low Fell.
The object of today's walk is that dark shape on the fell side above Foulsyke House . . . the ancient Scots Pine Tree.
Thomas and Abi reach the gate to the fells.
There's a touch of weather in the air . . . but not enough for full waterproofs.
In the woods there is an enclosure where some years they rear young pheasants.
This is a feeding station for when the birds are grown enough to fly out of the enclosure.
I don't know who organises it . . . but unfortunately their philanthropy ends as the shooting season begins.
It was a cold, wet afternoon and it had started to rain
but they seemed happy to come over and meet us before wondering off to grab a lunch of fresh hay that the farmer had left them.
The youngsters were way ahead and the other (not-so) youngsters followed on.
I caught up with them, and together we stopped to admire what we could of the view.
Actually the view wasn't that bad . . . but the head of Buttermere was lost in the gloom.
Happy smiling faces as we reach the tree . . . a big target for little legs.
Crummock Water through the branches of the Pine.
Quite some way below, the houses of Wood End and our cottage in the middle distance.
Sue saw a 'Bield' on the map so we head off to investigate.
The old sheep fold is a beautiful, if rather dilapidated round structure . . .
. . . but the walls are high enough to form a high seat for Abi.
We check out the view again.
Sue points at the central fells and Crummock Water, asking Paula which each was called.
. . . and on this side are the Loweswater Fells.
[ Move your cursor over the photo to see where she means ]
Leaving the fold, there was little enthusiasm for more climbing
so we cut across the fell, heading for the fence and the steep footpath back down to the valley.
Tom starts down the fence.
This must be one of the steepest non-paved public footpaths in the Lakes.
Zooming in on Oak Bank far below.
The lighter square in the field above the first line of trees is a covered reservoir for the Workington drinking water
held at the Loweswater treatment works (hidden behind the taller evergreen trees).
Grasmoor, covered in cloud, above Lanthwaite Hill.
The old Scale Hill Hotel, now holiday apartments is the prominent building below the triangular field.
Thomas leads his sister over the stile.
. . . and over a second one into the woodland below.
Hard work over, it's now just a level forest track back through the trees.
Zooming in on Rannerdale Knotts over the various buildings of Foulsyke and Looking Stead.
There seems to be another wintery shower behind Rannerdale, but our walk has been more or less dry, apart from the shower when we met the horses.
It's got to be called . . . " Running for Home "
" I think this is where we came in."
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Technical note: Pictures taken with either Ann's Canon 75 or my Canon G10 digital camera.
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Previous event - 5th/ 6th/ 7th February 2010 The Tethera Valley Players 2010
A previous time up here - 22th February 2006 Fellbarrow and Low Fell with Tim
Next walk - 16th February 2010 Melbreak with Thomas