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" Lanthwaite's Alternative Bluebells "
Date & start time: Tues 10th May 2011, 4 pm start.
Location of Start : The red phone box, Loweswater , Cumbria, Uk ( NY 143 211 )
Places visited : Scale Hill Bridge, Lanthwaite Hill and back.
Walk details : 2.5 mls, 550 ft of ascent, 50 minutes.
Highest point : Lanthwaite Hill, 675 ft - 208 m.
Walked with : Myself (Ann) and the dogs, Harry and Bethan.
Weather : A nice day but cool in the strong wind.
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Rannerdale is great but there are other area where the blue carpet is rolled out for those that take the effort to seek them out.
I take our retrievers on a local walk to the quiet side of Lanthwaite Hill to see this year's display on the hill.
Lanthwaite Hill, also known as Scale Hill ( and various other local names ) sits across the valley from the cottage
and makes a great local dog walk on a day when we're not venturing out on a bigger walk.
Across the river bridge and up through the woods brings you out on the hill
the inhabitants of which are numerous sheep and the occasional white ponies.
They are joined today by a dark horse, neither of which care to come close due to Harry and Bethan energetically rushing about.
If only they knew . . . Harry and Bethan would probably run the other way of they came close.
Lanthwaite is also home at this time of year to a good display of bluebells which are worth seeking out.
They cover the hillside below the low summit, an area totally covered by bracken later in the year.
This year's flowers are as good as Rannerdale but not quite as extensive.
Looking back to Low Fell across the blue fellside.
My companions today . . . as Roger is in work.
Grasmoor is the impressive fell in the background.
The alternative and adjacent fell is Whiteside.
Even from this lowly viewpoint there's a good view down Lorton Valley.
Leaving the bluebells on the north facing slope, I climb the short the short distance to the summit.
Bethan is down there, head in the bracken as ever.
From the top of the fell there's a great view up the valley towards Rannerdale and the High Stile Ridge.
It doesn't really show here but you could just about see the blue sheen on the Rannerdale flowers we visited two days ago.
The new house at Lanthwaite Green is taking an age to complete.
The design however does at least blend in with the other local buildings.
Bethan exhibiting her part-time job as wind-meter . . . or should that be anemometer !
Time to make my way off the top before we get blown away.
Let's get home and put the kettle on !
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Technical note: Pictures taken with my Canon 75 digital camera.
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Previous walk - 8th May 2011 Rannerdale Bluebells revisited
A previous time up here - 12th May 2008 Lanthwaite Bluebells 2008
Next walk - 11th May 2011 Mighty Mungrisdale Common