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High Nook Tarn . . . Loweswater.
Date & start time: Sunday 9th January 2011, 3 pm start.
Location of Start : Maggie's Bridge car park, Loweswater , Cumbria, Uk ( NY 135 210 )
Places visited : Maggie's Bridge, High Nook Farm, High Nook Tarn ... and back.
Walk details : 2.25 mls, 350 ft of ascent, 1 hrs 15 mins.
Highest point : High Nook Tarn 730 ft - 225 m.
Walked with : Ann and the dogs, Harry and Bethan.
Weather : Late afternoon brightness but cloud on the tops and a cool breeze.
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A short Sunday walk after a dull and cloudy morning.
A slightly cold one too, but properly dressed we avoided the worst of the breeze
and found conditions less icy than expected. This current cold spell is not proving as severe as forecast.
Friday night's light covering of snow has gone from the fields and low lying hills of Loweswater.
We park at Maggie's Bridge and take the High Nook track, here looking back at Low Fell in the sunshine.
Ahead of us the western cloud covers the sun,
not helped by Gavel and Blake creating their own cloud layer which blocks any chance of late sun in this part of the valley.
Don't look now but I think we're being followed.
A hanging fence should stop the sheep walking up the river.
In flood it can swing to let excess water or debris pass unhindered.
A little higher on the track gives us a better view of Grasmoor and (white) Whiteless Pike.
The old farmstead of High Nook . . . slept in by Wainwright but not Prince Charles !
The farmer (Dave) is keeping most of his sheep down on the farm fields
rather than out on the high fells at this time of year.
The enclosed valley of High Nook.
We're walking the old 'Coffin Road' which climbs toward the tarn but then swings right around Carling Knott heading for Fangs Brow.
High Nook Tarn and a diminutive second tarn covered in ice.
Ann takes to the high ground to find a convenient rock from which to enjoy the view.
The tarn is mostly frozen, with just some clear water at the edges.
Harry goes down to play in the water.
Chewing ice wafers.
A walk around the tarn before we head back . . .
looking across at an island with a dormant Rowan Tree.
Further round . . . the afternoon sunshine reflects on the clear waters edge.
Ice to the edge here . . . waterlogged ground on this side forces us away from the bank in favour of higher ground.
Across to look at the bridge on the 'Coffin Road' but it seems the dogs have got there before me.
There's no point in going down as it leads in the wrong direction today.
Our direction was home . . . retracing our steps back down towards High Nook Farm.
The brightness has left the high fells as sunset was nearly 15 minutes ago.
The fine weather and slightly later sunset time means it is still quite light at just gone 4 pm.
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Technical note: Pictures taken with my Canon G10 digital camera.
Resized in Photoshop, and built up on a Dreamweaver web builder.
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Previous walk - 6th January 2011 Lorton and Lanthwaite
A previous time up here - 9th January 2010 Loweswater and High Nook Round
Next walk - 11th January 2011 Knock Murton - winter sunshine