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Crummock and Mellbreak
Date & start time: Two shorter walks ~ 8th and 9th September 2010.
Location of Start : The red phone box, Loweswater , Cumbria, Uk ( NY 143 211 )
Places visited : Crummock water and Mellbreak
Walk details : Local walks of an hour or nearer two for Mellbreak.
Highest point : The delicious blackberries that are coming into season.
Walked with : Ann and Bethan, Myself and Bethan. Harry staying at home both days.
Weather : Delightful sunshine after overnight rain.
Everyone has returned home after the busy weekend.
Harry has a knee problem and is confined to the garden while he recuperates, but Bethan still needs a walk each day.
Here are two local ones in a week of nice weather.
Roger returned from work at six on Wednesday evening so Bethan and I set off down our lane
for a walk in the late afternoon sunshine.
Rannerdale Knotts dominates the view with Haystacks, Green and Great Gable behind.
Signs of Autumn approaching.
A curious cow watches us intently as we walk down the gated road to Crummock lakeshore.
Mellbreak is the fell in the background.
Looking to the other side
with Grasmoor as the backdrop to this peaceful rural scene.
After visiting the lake, we turn to walk besides Park Beck which flows towards Crummock from Loweswater.
Whiteside, Hopegill Head and Grasmoor are still bathed in sunshine.
Shadow and strong sunlight as the sun starts to set.
Whiteless Pike to the left and the High Stile ridge to the right, taken from the large boulder in the field near Low Park.
High Park with Mellbreak just catching the last of the sun's rays.
Bethan and I sit awhile to admire the views and take in the solitude.
Darling Fell and the delightful ridge of Low Fell are behind us.
Rannerdale summit just catches the last of the sunshine
but the shadows are creeping up the fells in the valley around it.
Nearly home, our cottage on the left, as seen across the fields from just below the Kirkstile Inn.
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Thursday afternoon it was my turn to walk Bethan while Ann kept an eye on Harry.
Geraniums at the Kirkstile as I passed the pub, heading for the hill.
Father Chris has made a fine job of repairing the wall which collapsed recently
[ Move your cursor over the photo to see how it looked a while back ]
Bethan looks down on home from part way up Mellbreak.
The surprise was not Buttermere for me today, but the fact that I took the classic view from a different place than usual.
The weather is fine but not settled.
The cloud is down on High Stile and Great Gable, as seen across the southern end of Mellbreak.
Sunshine and fast moving shadows
as Bethan and I look over the edge from the north top of Mellbreak.
Mother and daughter . . . two locals stop to watch us pass.
We turn at the small cairn part way down the middle path on the western side
which leads us onto the gentle, if rather narrow, traversing path back towards the base of the fell where we first started climbing.
Starling Dodd as seen across Floutern Moss.
We join the valley track and head for home.
That's Darling Fell and Low Fell ahead.
The walk was delayed while I gathered a few seasonal fruit
Three cheers for having a spare, clean, dog bag in my pocket.
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Meanwhile, back in the garden and enjoying the sunshine . . .
A hover fly on our garden flowers.
Down but not out, our Harry has to content himself with my company this afternoon
as Roger and Bethan ascend Mellbreak. We watch their progress through the binoculars.
Back together again on their return.
In this photo Harry looks more cheerful than his sister, perhaps she is tired.
Many thanks to everyone who has sent their good wishes for a speedy recovery for Harry.
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Technical note: Pictures taken with either Ann's Canon 75 or my Canon G10 digital camera.
Resized in Photoshop, and built up on a Dreamweaver web builder.
This site best viewed with . . . a hopeful prognosis.
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