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A Cinderdale Ramble
Date & start time: Tuesday 20th April 2010, 4 pm start.
Location of Start : Cinderdale car park, Crummock Water, Cumbria, Uk ( NY 163 194 )
Places visited : Cinderdale and the Crummock foreshore to High Wood.
Walk details : 1.3 mls, 100 ft of ascent, 55 mins.
Highest point :The first real flowering of the gorse.
Walked with : Ann and the dogs, Harry and Bethan.
Weather : Beautiful ( contrail - clear ) blue skies with some high cloud. Cool despite the sun.
A favourite local walk round Crummock water takes most of the day
but it can be split into small sections and one such smaller part
provides us with an excellent short walk in this week's lovely weather
We park at Cinderdale and walk back a short distance to the gate which gives access to the lakeside path
towards the Crummock Water boat house, starting from the middle rather than the bottom of the lake.
From here up to Rannerdale it's all farmland and there's no lakeside path
but it is only one field wide and we are soon down by the water.
The gorse plants are just starting to show some flowers
and add bright colour and a warm coco-nutty smell in the afternoon sunshine.
Mature trees line the path
and Red Pike stands out as a major summit on the other side of the lake.
presumably from the gales of recent years.
The bulk of Grasmoor through the trees.
Fast moving clouds alter the light
and when they clear the sun shines through again and is reflected in the ripples on the lake.
Looking forward and down the lake to Low Fell in the distance.
I take a moment to have a lazy game of stick throwing with Harry.
He's full of energy . . . but then he hasn't spent the morning gardening, chopping logs and doing 101 other jobs.
Correct me if I'm wrong . . . but I think that's a fine Oak Tree by the corner of the field wall.
This one is a little more gnarled and damaged, reflecting it age perhaps.
Grasmoor again in the background.
We turn for home
walking the same lakeside path back to the car.
Rannerdale Knotts, High Stile and Red Pike form a backdrop to the lake.
Pick a path . . . we'll stay on the lower one.
They both end up at the same gate and we cross back onto the road near the car.
The bracken flanks the whole of Grasmoor's sides until the change of soil and temperature allows the heather to dominate.
Back at the car after an excellent local walk.
That's one reason we moved here after all !
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Technical note: Pictures taken by Ann on her Canon 75 digital camera.
Resized in Photoshop, and built up on a Dreamweaver web builder.
This site best viewed with . . . a garden planted with a few early veg seedlings.
Previous walk - 18th April 2010 Ilkley Moor Sunday with Liz
A previous time up here - 17th March 2006 Rannerdale to home - a longer dog walk
Next walk - 21st April 2010 Bowness Knott and Contrails