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" Scale Hill and the Snowdrops "
Date & start time: Monday 14th February 2011, 4.30 pm start.
Location of Start : The red phone box, Loweswater , Cumbria, Uk ( NY 143 211 )
Places visited : Scale Hill Bridge, Brackenclose Hows (Scale Hill) and back via the lake.
Walk details : 2.75 mls, 550 ft of ascent, 55 mins.
Highest point : Scale Hill, 675 ft - 208 m.
Walked with : Myself and the dogs, Harry and Bethan.
Weather : Cloudy with hill fog, occasionally spitting with rather cold spits of rain.
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There have been some great days this last week
and others have done nice walks while I stay in and watch them through Keswick work windows.
On my next day off it's raining and cold which brings a touch of winter to home again.
Several poor days of weather and cold temperatures have brought back that feeling of winter.
There's snow on the high fells as I look up Buttermere Valley.
After crossing the river using the conveniently placed road bridge
the dogs and I make our way up onto Scale Hill . . . Harry close at hand, Bethan a little further away.
Close encounter of the sheep kind.
The farming year has started again as the ewes have been put to tup in anticipation of a new generation of lambs next spring.
The red colour is indication of a successful mating of the ewe as it is the tup that carries the red dye on his chest.
More sheep lower down . . . one of them seem to have a coat on against the weather ?
No . . . it's one of the two the sheep-coloured ponies that also enjoy their freedom here on the hill.
Looking across from the summit of Scale Hill
I notice that snow topped Grasmoor has a narrow band of weak sunlight illuminating its side.
The last of the brief sunset has gone as the dogs pose for a summit photo.
High Stile Ridge, and in particular High Crag, showing a winter mantle once again.
The house at Lanthwaite Gate has been demolished and replaced by a smart new house.
The builders are still in residence and there's still a lot to be done before it is fully habitable.
The water levels are reasonably high after the recent poor weather.
Sunset over, the walk back through the woods is a twilight affair, cheered up by patches of new snowdrops.
Zoomed in . . . unfortunately the detail is lost in the rather harsh flash-light of the camera.
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Technical note: Pictures taken with my (born again) Canon G10 digital camera.
Resized in Photoshop, and built up on a Dreamweaver web builder.
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Previous walk - 13th February 2011 The Bothy and the Beck
A previous time up here - 31st March 2010 Easter Snow 2010
Next walk - 16th February 2011 Dale Head with Ian