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" Langstrath after the Rain "

Date & start time: Thursday 4th August 2011, 4 pm start.

Location of Start : The red phone box, Stonethwaite , Cumbria, Uk ( NY 262 138 )

Places visited : Stonethwaite Bridge, Greenup Gill Bridge, Johnny House ruin and back.

Walk details : 3.1 mls, 300 ft of ascent, 2 hrs 20 mins.

Highest point : Langstrath Valley 543 ft - 167 m.

Walked with : Dee and John, Ann and the dogs, Amber, Harry and Bethan.

Weather : Sunshine after the rain . . . again.


" Langstrath after the Rain " at EveryTrail

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A poor weather day but the forecast suggested the prospect of it being brighter later.

Calculating how much time was available after the rain and before supper,

we decided we could fit in a short walk with Dee and John along the delightful Langstrath Valley.

Yew Tree Farmhouse at the entrance to Stonethwaite Village.

We agreed to meet Dee and John at the phone box . . .
Looking up the lane to the Langstrath Hotel . . .
but it was almost hidden from view !
We would walk up the other side of the valley today.
Taking the track across to Stonethwaite bridge . . .
. . . gave us the first views of Eagle Crag.

A well maintained sheepfold by the side of the valley track.

Harebells, just one of the meadow flowers in a colourful patch of ground.

Three bum - bags walking up the valley.

A short walk needs little extra clothing so I followed Dee and John's example today and didn't take a rucksack.

( It kept my back free and therefore cool but was less comfortable when trying to run and catch up after taking a few photos ! )

Ann carried her small rucksack as normal.

We plan a shorter walk in Langstrath today so turn at Greenup Gill Bridge.

Harry prefers the lower path . . . through the water.
The memorial plaque on the bridge.

The map suggests that we should see Smithymire Island . . . but there wasn't much sign of one.

Crossing over the first Langstrath bridge we make our way up past the ruins of Johnny House farm.

Langstrath . . . a Norse name for a long valley . . . they were right on that one.

In the time available today we would only walk a small part of it.

The forecasted sunshine has arrived but the grey clouds were never far away.

Still, it was warm and humid with little if any breeze.

Time to turn for home after enjoying the views across the valley to Sergeant Crag.

Looking down the valley now as we make our way back.

We'd enjoyed a gentle hour's stroll to here . . . now for the second gentle hour strolling back.

The lower bridge in Langstrath that we had crossed earlier.

We'll not cross it this time . . . but it did have a nice pool for a swim.

John declined to join me, preferring photography instead.

Lower down the river tumbles beautifully over the Langstrath Falls.

Spray abounds as I catch a shot into the low sunshine.

It was an impressive cataract close up even though the water levels are not high at this time of year.

Here we go again !

I thought I would go and have a closer look.

Hold your cursor over the picture to push me in . . . you know you want to !

The current was quite strong near the falls . . .
. . . so the swim back was easier.

There are several deep pools on this section of the river,

often popular with swimmers and holiday makers.

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It was a pity they didn't all give the area the respect it deserves.

If they come here to enjoy the surroundings

they should try leaving it as clean

if not cleaner than when they arrived,

so that others may enjoy it to the full too.

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[ The camp site bin now has two drinks cans, a cigarette packet

and half a fork (?) more in it than it did at the start of our walk.]


We followed the field path back down the valley . . . which brought us back to to the Langstrath Hotel and the car.

The sign adjacent the hotel door . . .
. . . and some rather nice window boxes.

It turned out to be a sunny day in Langstrath . . . but it took most of the hours of daylight to achieve it.

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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.

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