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The Gated Road to Crummock
Date & start time: Mon/Tuesday 6th/7th December 2010.
Location of Start : The red phone box, Loweswater , Cumbria, Uk ( NY 143 211 )
Places visited : The Water Board road to the lake and up the hill to the Village Hall.
Walk details : Two local walks on subsequent days here in Loweswater.
Highest point : The Village Hall 450 ft - 138 m above sea level
Walked with : Myself (Ann) and the dogs, Harry and Bethan.
Weather : Cold with lying snow and ice on all paths and roads
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The red telephone box and one of our cottage windows peeping out from under our oak tree.
The temperature has been so low that the road salt and grit has had little effect.
Harry, Bethan and I set off down the deserted road towards the lake.
Beautiful views down the valley with Mellbreak to the right behind another wintery looking oak tree.
Looking up the other way, the Low Fell ridge and the corner of the buildings of Godferhead.
The angle of this photo makes the steep front facing side of the fell look rather too easy !
However, Grasmoor slopes look as steep as ever.
Whiteless Pike behind is not living up to its name today.
The sheep are finding difficulty finding grass to eat underneath the frozen snow.
Supplementary food has had to be given to them, far too early in the winter for the farmers to be using these supplies.
Let's hope that the rest of this winter will be a little kinder.
Frozen ground looking across to Carling Knott and Low Fell, the latter catching some sunlight.
The cold looking slopes of Mellbreak with Hen Comb in the distance.
The ridge of Mellbreak with the characteristic dip between its two summits.
We are walking down to Crummock along the Water Board road, commonly called 'the gated road'.
It has seven gates in total along its length.
Further down and sunshine on Grasmoor, Whiteless Pike and Robinson in the distance.
Rannerdale Knotts, the smaller pointed peak, has sun on its top ridge only.
Whiteside is living up to its name !
Hopegill Head is the pointed fell in the background.
The splendour of Grasmoor.
We have reached the lakeside near the Pump House where raggedy reflections of Grasmoor colour the water.
A fine view, Rannerdale mid-centre, the High Stile ridge to the right with Great Gable in the distance enjoying the westerly sun.
Haystacks, in shadow, can just be seen in front of it.
Still too many gentle ripples for a perfect reflection of Grasmoor.
The boathouse can be seen on the opposite side of the lake.
We reach the main beach where we are in shadow now
as the sun is hidden behind the slopes of Mellbreak.
The level of the water is low so these stones are more prominent than usual.
We return home to put the kettle on after a pretty walk, albeit bitterly cold.
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A second day and the dogs and I are out again.
This photo is taken from the Village Hall, looking down towards Loweswater Church.
Two resident horses come over to say hello to us.
They are well wrapped up in this cold weather.
A few clouds hug the summit of Grasmoor as the horses amble away.
Another view of their field from the Hall looking up the valley towards Buttermere.
Time for us to set off as we leave via the rear of the Village Hall.
The view from here includes both Low Fell and Darling Fell in the distance.
Sunset clouds over Hen Comb and Gavel Fell as we make our way home again.
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Technical note: Pictures taken with either Ann's Canon 75 digital camera.
Resized in Photoshop, and built up on a Dreamweaver web builder.
This site best viewed with . . . micro-spikes to keep me on two feet and numerous layers to keep me warm.
Harry and Bethan have warm furry coats as standard !
Previous walk - 5th December 2010 Castlerigg and Keswick
A previous time up here - 9th September 2010 Crummock and Mellbreak
Next walk - 8th December 2010 An early outing to Rannerdale