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Aira Force at Christmas
Date & start time: Christmas Day (Sat) 25th December 2010, 2.30 pm start.
Location of Start : Aira Force car park, Ullswater, Cumbria, Uk ( NY 400 200 )
Places visited : Aira Force and High Force
Walk details : 2 mls, 350 ft of ascent, 1 hrs 20 mins.
Highest point : Aira Beck's High Force 750 ft - 230 m.
Walked with : Ann and the dogs, Harry and Bethan.
Weather : Cold and dry. High cloud but a little sunshine to the west by the end of the day.
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Low cloud over the western fells today which extended onto the Helvellyn range
but gaps in the cloud to the east meant we had a very pleasant start to the walk.
Aira Beck with a good covering of ice
The ice encrusted river and fallen trees as we make our way up to the falls.
Continuing upstream from the main falls we take the path along the right hand bank.
Steep undercut cliffs with rather fine icicles.
A weak sun reflects in the pools as we walk up alongside the river.
Harry and Bethan . . . fitted with automatic crampons for the ice covered paths.
High Force, Aira Beck.
Father Christmas goes over to photograph the winter scene, his reindeer looks on !
Sitting quietly above the lower pool at High Force.
A slight rise in the water level due to the start of a possible thaw meant there was water flowing over the top of the pool's icy covering.
Several weeks of hard frosts have left a thick covering of ice on the waterfalls.
The river just upstream from the falls.
This was our turning point as we started to make our way back down the valley.
Fast flowing water under and through the ice sculptures.
The afternoon sunshine is taking on a yellow hue as sunset approaches.
Smile . . . it's Christmas !
Harry looking rather anxious after crossing the incredibly scary (not) wooden bridge.
The colour comes from the reflection from the high clouds as they catch the afternoon sun.
Returning through the woods.
Sunset just before 4 pm
looking across the fields to Ullswater and snow covered St Sunday Crag.
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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 . . . the thought of a hot Christmas Dinner at home this evening.
Previous web page - 25th December 2010 Christmas Greetings
A previous time up here - 14th June 2006 Gowbarrow and Aira Force