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Stormy Days at Crummock Water

Date & start time: 13th and 15th January 2011. Walk time 3.15 pm Saturday.

Location of Start : The Scale Hill car park, Loweswater , Cumbria, Uk ( NY 149 215 )

Places visited : The River Cocker from Scale Hill bridge to Crummock lake .

Walk details : 1.25 mls, negligible feet of ascent, 50 mins.

Highest point : Staying dry behind a tree when the largest wave broke over the wall.

Walked with : Myself (Roger) and the dogs, Harry and Bethan.

Weather : A brisk south westerly gale with rain in the air after a wet night.

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Thursday was Harry's seventh birthday.

He didn't mention it to us but Ann thought he would appreciate a small birthday cake.

Candles as well . . . plus a second cake for Bethan so that she doesn't feel left out.

[ Culinary note : ingredients breadcrumbs, cashew nuts, onion, garlic and cheese . . . mixed and cooked in the same oven as our dinner ]

Someone blow the candles out !

" I can't wait any longer "

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Today the poor weather forecast has come true and it coincides with my turn to walk the dogs . . . isn't that always the way !

A local outing to Crummock will suffice . . . and if I'm to get wet then so might my camera.

I hope not.

The River Cocker is two feet higher than normal

with a combination of the last of the snow-melt and a bucket or three of overnight rain.

The weir measures the water level.

The old box got flooded and doesn't work any more . . .

. . . so they've built a new (temporary) one closer to the flood water !!!

The root cause of the problem . . .
. . . too much rainwater.

" I could have told ewe that "

The bridges at the outflow are just about accessible . . . especially if you don't mind getting your feet wet.

Plenty of water roaring over the weir

and plenty of rain and spray to dampen the lens causing it to smudge the picture.

From the second bridge looking back across the weirs and fish ladder.

Horizontal rain

. . . caught in the flash from the camera.

White horses charging down the lake.

Mellbreak and the beach . . . with Harry looking for sticks to play with.

Back through the relative darkness of the woods

meant that we stayed out of the worst of the wind and rain.

The weather today really lent itself to video . . . so here's a final view of the walk.


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Home now for a cup of tea and a towel for the dogs I think.

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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.

Video built using Pinnacle Studio 14 and downloaded to YouTube

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