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A wet Mosedale and a Damp Cogra Moss

Date & start time: Afternoons of Sat 5th & Mon 7th February 2011.

Location of Start : The red phone box, Loweswater , Cumbria, Uk ( NY 143 211 )

Places visited : Mosedale locally and Cogra Moss Reservoir above Lamplugh.

Walk details : Two shorter walks of an hour or so each.

Walked with : Jo and Jodie for the first walk, Ann for the second, Harry and Bethan for both.

Weather : Clearing slowly after a week of rain.



 Wet Mosedale and Damp Cogra at EveryTrail

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This week the rain has been heavy and consistent.

Saturday the becks and rivers were full to overflowing again

but the weather did improve on Monday and we enjoyed the first real sun for a week.

On Saturday Jo and I took the dogs out for a short walk locally for a little daily exercise for everyone.

It had barely stopped raining after a night of heavy rain.

(I stayed behind to prepare culinary delights . . .well someone has to do it !! . . . Ann)

Hen Comb seen above the beck flowing into Harry's Pool.

Flowing faster than normal but not so deep that the dogs didn't hesitate to be in.

Harry swims up close to the bank to retrieve a stick.

We went down stream slightly to enjoy a closer look at the falls

that cascade away below the stepping stones.

Normally a quiet tumble, today it is a rapid cascade.

I had left my camera behind today so all these photos were taken on Jo's camera

and kindly donated to the Loweswatercam archive.

Turbulent water plunging into the pools as it goes down the valley

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Click above and see the (one minute) video of the waterfalls in spate.

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On Monday the weather was wet again but was forecasted to clear at midday.

After an hour or so in the garden digging footings for a new greenhouse

I exchanged wellies and a shovel for boots and two dog leads and Ann and I drove over to Felldyke.

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Clear skies and sunshine at last mean we have a view across the Solway for the first time in a week.

The track to the Cogra Moss reservoir crosses the fields and rises to give us views back to Lamplugh Church.

Owsen Fell, mentioned in Bill Birkett's books but ignored by Mr Wainwright.

Sunshine on the fields but cloud covers the slopes of Blake Fell.

Into the cleared forest section where there has been some re-planting of deciduous saplings.

Knock Murton behind is just clear of the clouds.

There's water in this small beck today . . .
. . . and the overflow is running much faster than usual.

A view down over the wall at the full length of the spillway.

Down Harry ... you're too wet !

Time to sit and enjoy the view . . . but Harry insists on joining Ann on the seat.

[ Move your cursor over the photo to encourage him back down]

Blue skies make all the difference to the pictures as we walk up alongside the lake.

Most of the unsightly scaffolding fishing platforms have been removed in recent years

making the shoreline and the lake much more attractive.

The old reservoir fence has seen better days and has collapsed into the grass in many places.

Turning at the head of the lake, we make our way back.

It appears darker here as we are in the shadow of Knock Murton.

The outflow of Cogra Moss Reservoir.

Fancy an interesting ride down the surf of the spillway ?

( not to be encouraged ! )

Back into the sunshine again as we leave the forest track and return towards Felldyke car park.

A local walk and we had forgotten to take any money.

Perhaps next time ?

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Technical note: Pictures taken with either Jo's Canon Ixus or my Canon G10 digital camera.

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