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Cinderdale & back with Maggie
Date & start time: Wednesday 24th November 2010, 2.15 pm start.
Location of Start : Cinderdale car park, Crummock Water, Cumbria, Uk ( NY 1620194 )
Places visited : The lakeside path from Cinderdale to the weir and Scale Bridge.
Walk details : 2.5 mls, 250 ft of ascent, 280 ft of descent, 1 hr 40 mins.
Highest point : The car park overlooking the lake. Undulating but downhill from there on.
Walked with : Maggie, Ann and the dogs, Harry and Bethan.
Weather : Beautifully sunny but in shade due to Mellbreak and some cloud.
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Mid-November was notable for an early first snowfall on the high fells (Nov 9th)
but then a period of delightful, if cool, late Autumn sunshine.
Today was one of those days and we were joined by fellow OFC member, Maggie who has moved up to the Penrith area recently.
She joined us for lunch, followed by a walk and even perhaps, some warm Loweswater Scones to finish.
What a great afternoon.
Maggie, who had completed her second climb of all the 214 Lakeland Peaks recently was happy with a shorter walk
and as Harry should be partaking of the same, the one-way walk back home from Cinderdale via the lake would fit the bill today.
Rannerdale Knotts in sunshine and Red Pike in silhouette.
We would park the car down by the lake before Rannerdale and collect it later.
Sunburst . . . the sun re-appeared from behind Mellbreak as we drove up the valley.
Its coming and going would be a feature of today's walk as we walked back down the lakeside.
Looking over the wall at Cinderdale . . . at the start of the walk.
Soon we were down by the lake, some not stopping at the water's edge but carrying on in search of a game.
Maggie and Ann turn and catch the sunlight on their faces just before the first gate.
We're into Mellbreak's shadow once again
but the side of Grasmoor is brightly illuminated by the afternoon sunshine.
Looking back as a wisp of cloud starts to cover the High Stile Ridge.
The green fields and English woodland oaks passed up to this point give way to a more Scottish type of vegetation.
This next stage through High Wood brought us firs, heathers, birch and an almost sandy granite type of soil.
Into the darkness of the forest . . . look out for bears we used to say to the kids.
Look out for posed photo sessions says Harry and Bethan !
The tree stump in the lake must be a remnant of a lakeside tree that would have stood on the banks of the old lake
before they raised the water level a few metres by adding the weir at the bottom end of the lake.
More aquatic opportunities as we reach the old Scale Hill Boathouse.
A view from the beach across to Low Fell.
The wind had dropped and the lake settles to a flat calm.
No point in rushing, no deadlines to make so we stop to enjoy the view.
Looking up the lake across the still waters.
( Those ducks have paddled their way half way across the lake by the look of it )
A wider panorama from the beach.
The cause of the rise in water levels . . . the weir . . . allows water extraction for "us humans" to drink from our household taps !
The small weir part way down the path.
A study in slow motion . . .
By the time we reached the road the light was starting to turn.
It would not be long till sunset in this part of northern Britain.
The Scale Hill bridge parapet has been repaired recently but the ends are still open to the fields, hence the blue barriers.
Still the road is fully open again and it leads us back the short distance to home and those scones.
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Technical note: Pictures taken with either Ann's Canon 75 or my Canon G10 digital camera.
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