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A Swim and a Walk for Harry

Date & start time: Wednesday 20th October 2010, 4 pm start.

Location of Start : Roadside below Ling Fell, Wythop Mill, Cumbria, Uk ( NY 183 291 )

Places visited : Ling Fell and back.

Walk details : 1.75 mls, 650 ft of ascent, 1 hr.

Highest point : Ling Fell 1224 ft - 373 m.

Walked with : Ann and the dogs, Harry and Bethan.

Weather : Sunny but cool with a slight autumnal breeze.

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While Bethan and I were enjoying the pleasures of a sunny morning on Mellbreak,

Ann took Harry for another hydrotherapy session to ease his knee injury.

For those that don't realise what fun hydrotherapy is . . . read on !

First take an oversize bath or small swimming pool . . . and fill it with warm water.

Provide a ramp for the dog to walk up and into the pool . . .

In Harry's case, throw a ball to the other end . . . and repeat over and over again.

Fetch . . . and he brings it back
. . . for you to throw again.

Tracey throws it . . .
. . . and gets a hole-in-one down the exit drain.

Suitably retrieved we try again . . .
Repeat as required . . .

. . . till the dog gets plenty of gravity free exercise.

this way his leg is being exercised without the stress of twists and turns.

[ It works with humans too . . . but they get fed up of chasing a ball sooner than a dog. ]

Apply warm air using an oversize hair drier and return dry dog to owner's car . . . job done.

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In the afternoon the weather was still excellent so all four of us drove round for a local walk up Ling Fell.

One dry dog enjoying a walk out.

This is the track up Ling Fell, here looking back at Sale Fell and Skiddaw.

[ For those with a penchant for technical information, the foreground Hawthorn tree was illuminated with a burst of fill-in flash ]

On the northern slopes the sun hadn't warmed the ground so there was still a measure of frost about.

Colourful designs on the moss and grasses.

The southern facing slopes on the opposite side of the valley were bathed in afternoon sunshine.

This is the scattered village of Embleton and the old quarry on Seathwaite How, seen over the cottages of Wythop Mill.

The old Corpse Road we used from the gate is left behind as we turn up an old track to the disused grouse butts.

Ling Fell implies heather (ling) which is an important food for Grouse.

The butts were small shelters where sports shooters hid and fired lumps of lead at the unsuspecting birds . . . and then cooked and ate them :-(

Two old grouse butts . . . nice views of Scotland if you don't have any birds to look at any more.

At the summit is a rather shapely trig point.

Beyond are the outline of the north western fells from Grisedale Pike round to Grasmoor.

No jumping on the trig point today.

The windproof jacket and gloves were to ward off the cool northwesterly breeze up here.

Skiddaw over the top of the trig point.
Harry and Bethan enjoying the afternoon sun.

The walk became a round trip by continuing on past the summit and down to the path around the back of the fell.

Here they've been planting new deciduous trees.
Cool autumn temperatures have started to turn the leaves.

A busy day today with a morning and an afternoon walk, taking full advantage of this pleasant spell of sunny weather.

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Technical note: Pictures taken with either Ann's Canon 75 or my Canon G10 digital camera.

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