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Crummock Water and Birthday Cake
Date & start time: Monday 11th October 2010, 11.15 am start.
Location of Start : The red phone box, Loweswater , Cumbria, Uk ( NY 143 211 )
Places visited : Crummock water via Scale Hill Woods
Walk details : 2 mls, 100 ft of ascent, 45 mins.
Highest point : Where we started 375 ft - 113 m. It was downhill all the way there.
Walked with : Myself and the dogs, Harry and Bethan.
Weather : Beautifully sunny and calm.
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It's Bethan's 6th Birthday today ( not that has relevance at this point) and I go for a short walk on a brilliant morning here in Loweswater.
Just time to walk the dogs down to Crummock Water and back before we have to be in the car and away for an afternoon appointment.
If you go down to the woods today . . .
you're sure of a lovely walk by the River Cocker.
The river flow measuring weir near the car park has a normal amount of water flow today.
Harry has a bonus session of hydrotherapy . . . but no-one has warmed the water in this pool.
Beautiful dappled light as we walk up alongside the river.
A second and smaller weir hidden in the trees.
This log was washed down in the November floods last year and is still caught four feet up in between the tree trunks.
Up at the lake are two footbridges . . .
which takes the lakeside path over the two branches of the river. This is the wire-supported bridge.
From the same place but looking across Crummock Water towards the High Stile Ridge.
From a slightly higher perspective . . . half way across the bridge.
The weir at the foot of Crummock Water raises the level only a few feet
but the fish ladder creates an impressive series of small waterfalls as the water cascades over it and down into the river.
All is calm . . .
. . . till someone comes and makes waves !
Sunlight bathes our photographic model as he moves through the water.
There's something over there that is catching his attention . . . a lady in red playing with her dog.
Still it makes for a great pose !
Back over the second bridge.
This one is a newer steel girder bridge but it is still at least ten years old.
The fish ladder and sluice gate access bridge from this side again.
Looking almost level across the surface of the water.
The sun shines off the curve created as it passes over the rounded lip of the weir.
Standing back . . . the water tumbles down the face of the stone structure.
Now this could be high summer.
Rannerdale Knotts . . . mirrored by the shape of the Scots Pine above.
From the beach there's a good view across to Mellbreak.
In fact there's a rather nice wider panorama on offer too.
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Time to be heading back down the main forest track to the house again.
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In the evening it was time to celebrate a birthday . . . " Oh goodie . . . cake ! "
Not a cake but a famous Loweswatercam Scone . . . suitably decorated with candles.
" Well Bethan . . . who's six today ? "
" I am . . . but hurry up and blow those lighted candles out so I can eat ! "
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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 walk - 9th October 2010 St Bees and Fleswick Bay
A previous time up here - 1st March 2007 A local Scale Hill walk to Crummock
Next walk - 19th October 2010 Knott Rigg for Harry