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" Late afternoon light on Barrow "
Date & start time: Friday 2nd March 2012 3.35 pm start.
Location of Start : Top of Braithwaite Village, Cumbria, Uk ( NY 229 232 )
Places visited : High Coledale Farm (derelict) Barrow Door, Barrow, Barrow Gill.
Walk details : 2.9 mls, 1125 ft of ascent, 1 hr 40 mins.
Highest point : Barrow Fell, 1494 ft - 455 m
Walked with : Ann and the dogs, Harry and Bethan.
Weather : Winter (perhaps Spring) afternoon sun. Mild but noticeable southerly breeze.
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We hope to meet a 'Loweswatercam viewer' in Braithwaite so we plan an afternoon walk up Barrow Fell,
parking in Braithwaite just above the Coledale Inn.
A fine morning became a beautiful afternoon, not forecasted but very welcome.
First a few words of warning to those that traditionally park at Whinlatter for a walk.
The powers that be are landscaping the area as it has been badly cut up over the winter by cylists not prepared to pay for costly parking in the Forestry Commission car park. The landscaping is a welcome in many ways but they have managed to wipe out the parking spot we use when we walk locally.
Time will tell if the parking problems will return or whether their work will have the desired effect. Whichever way, if you are used to free roadside parking then plan for a change and perhaps bring a few pennies (lots of pennies) for the car park.
By the way, Revelin Moss is now a pay-and-display car park too.
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We drive past, over Whinlatter Pass and down to Braithwaite on the Keswick side
where we park towards High Coledale for a walk up Barrow.
The farm track is now the "Water Board" track . . . as the old farm has fallen into disrepair and is no longer lived in.
There was beautiful sunshine in Loweswater this afternoon . . . travelling over the other side of the fells
we have lost that direct light in favour of an intermittent sun, shining through the high clouds above the fells.
Behind us as we climb . . . the extensive view across to Skiddaw, with Blencathra slightly lost in the haze.
Ann walks up the footpath under Stile End . . . heading for Barrow Door, the hause at the top.
The intense light leads the camera a merry dance as I zoom in on Outerside off to our right.
The same light gives a different effect to this shot of Grisedale Pike.
. . . yet the light is the same as when I looked back a short while ago.
Get the bag of dog treats out and this is what happens . . . perhaps you could say it was
" Causey and Effect "
This is the life . . . reclining on a sunny fellside.
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After the fire several years ago, the heather has recovered well and now forms a lovely uniform carpet over the fell at this point.
Photo over, Bethan is off . . . I'm sure she's tuned in to sound of the shutter button.
Barrow Summit . . . looking up at the high fells.
Time to be getting down . . . it's been a grand, short walk after a busy morning.
" You don't need to be that far ahead " . . . Harry waits as I call Bethan back.
Down to the 'nick' on Barrow that marks the old Barrow lead mine.
The minerals in the residual stone here are still preventing the grass from growing back.
Lower down the fell . . . the small ravine cut out by Coledale Beck as it heads down to Braithwaite below.
We need to cross it and then walk back to the car and see if our visitors are back
to their accommodation in Braithwaite after their day out.
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Technical note: Pictures taken with my Canon G10 digital camera.
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Previous walk - 19th February 2012 Bec's Second Day in the Lakes
A previous time up here - 25th December 2007 Barrow Fell with Gareth
Next walk - 6th March 2012 Knott Rigg / Ard Crags