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Knock Murton in the winter sunshine
Date & start time: Tuesday 11th January 2011, 2.50 pm start.
Location of Start : Adjacent to the Cauda Brow road, Lamplugh, Cumbria, Uk ( NY 143 211 )
Places visited : Murton Fell and Knock Murton summit.
Walk details : 1.85 mls, 725 ft of ascent, 1 hrs 25 mins.
Highest point : Knock Murton 1410 ft - 447m.
Walked with : Ann and the dogs, Harry and Bethan.
Weather : Late sunshine on a nice afternoon.
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The calm between two days of poor weather.
Sunshine was the order of the day so the morning was spent gardening,
then we drove round the western side of Blake to catch the sun and enjoy a walk up a favourite outlying fell.
A one-off window of opportunity ... tomorrow is forecast as wet and windy again !
It may be a sunny afternoon but gloves are still the order of the day
as we set off up the old mine road towards Knock Murton.
Down below is one of the old railway tracks that also served the iron mines.
Looking west, a clear sky but there's some cloud low down near the horizon . . .
. . . but we're heading up towards the blue sky.
The fell side is dotted with old iron workings which gives the soil a red tinge.
Harry pauses on one of the grass covered waste tips.
In the background is the first clear sight of the snow topped summits of Scoat Fell, Steeple, Haycock and Caw.
Myself and the dogs as we follow the path upward.
[ Move your cursor over the photo to see the silly season shot . . . well she said to try and look happy ]
A gentle climb up the front of the fell using one of the many sheep tracks that cover the slopes above the mines.
To the north, a clear view of the Solway Firth and Scotland.
The sun is dipping behind the cloud bank by the time we reach the summit shelters.
Still enough light for a golden photo.
I walk over to the edge of the summit area to get a clearer view of the Cogra Moss reservoir below.
Ann pauses briefly on the true summit cairn, the photo helped by a little additional fill-in flash.
Making our way down now . . . so a last photo of the High Stile Ridge before it disappears behind Great Borne.
More difficult to recognise from this angle, Red Pike is to the left of the summit, its red face covered by a layer of snow.
A slightly different route down, closer to the southern side of the ridge.
This route brought is down through more of the old mine workings
though all sign of shafts and entrances have long ago been filled in and are hidden under nearly a century of re-growth.
One final shot . . . long distance to the Isle of Man . . . as our hero rides off into the sunset !
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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 . . . clear skies to the west.
Previous walk - 9th January 2011 High Nook Tarn - Loweswater
A previous time up here - 16th July 2008 An opened out Knock Murton
Next walk - 15th January 2011 Stormy Days at Crummock