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" First Autumn Colours in Loweswater "
Date & start time: 26th October 2012. Lunchtime and late afternoon.
Location of Start : The red phone box, Loweswater , Cumbria, Uk ( NY 143 211 )
Places visited : Keswick and Ling Fell.
Walk details : Nothing too hectic or onerous.
Highest point : Sunshine and Autumn colours
Walked with : Ann and the dogs, Harry and Bethan.
Weather : Calm and occasionally sunny. Seasonally cooler temperatures.
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A composite of my lunch time walk around Friars Crag . . . and an afternoon walk on Ling Crag for Ann and the dogs.
She was able to delay her outing till the sun really got going and the Autumn colours responded accordingly.
A new sculpture outside the shop, suitably set against some look-alike pampas grass, suggests a hotter summer than we've actually had.
I took the opportunity of a lunchtime walk to the lake to try and catch the Autumn colours.
Name the summit . . . . Skiddaw Little Man (not Skiddaw itself, that's further back)
A lovely colour display in Hope Park on the way to the boat landings.
Colourful beech trees surrounding the Keswick MRT headquarters.
Down by the waterside.
A mallard's eye view of Causey Pike.
New railings are now complete along the terrace.
Two canoeists ready to launch from the beach.
The uniquely named Strandshag Bay with the wooded slopes of Walla Crag behind.
Behind me is the Keswick Launch appearing from the other side of Friar's Crag.
Across a subdued Derwent Water to Castle Crag and the central fells.
Kings How is on the left (we'll be putting up pictures from there in a few days time )
Zooming in on Castle Crag with Great End behind.
Colourful trees on the opposite bank near the Hawes End Jetty.
This family enjoys some rowing practice as they pass the small rocky island out in the lake.
Others take a more leisurely boat journey.
Here the launch is passing the Isthmus Bay promontory on the final approach to the landings.
A lack of midday sun but still some nice colours on the trees today.
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In contrast, a few hours later, the clouds rolled away and Ann (who was at home) was able to enjoy a sunny walk with the dogs.
Ann speaking now . . . My wide shot of Grasmoor and the Loweswater / Buttermere Valley from the road alongside our cottage.
The low sun is already leaving the valley as it is just over an hour to sunset. It had been quite dull and misty on the fell tops up to half an hour ago !
Grasmoor above the beautiful autumnal colours of the trees in Lanthwaite woods.
Swinging around a little further to the left, the same woods with Whiteside as a back drop.
The signpost as you enter Loweswater.
Still enough time for me to drive the short distance to Ling Fell for a sunset walk.
I was not to be disappointed. To catch the sunset I had to be on one of the more north-western fell tops.
It is less than fifteen minutes to drive to the base of the coffin route up Ling Fell and the start of the walk up to the summit.
Golden dogs, golden sun, golden bracken.
The glow got even brighter as the sun set nearer to the horizon.
Harry poses for me in the bracken.
Dogs ahead but the sheep continue to graze as the moon appears over the final ridge to the summit
On that ridge now, looking over the Solway Plain towards the sea and the Scottish coast.
Summit attained . . . just in time !
It was well worth our rapid ascent.
I sat with Harry and Bethan a short while at the summit to watch the final spectacular disappearance of the sun.
However it was cold up here when we arrived, even colder when the sun finally disappeared !
Time for a rapid descent !
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Recently it was Bethan's turn for a birthday cake.
She has reached the grand age of eight, nine months younger than her half- brother Harry.
Four candles multiplied by two !
It was a real problem getting her to sit still for at least one photo . . . her birthday (fish) cake was just too exciting !
Hold your cursor over the picture to see another view of the proceedings !
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Technical note: Pictures taken with either Ann's Canon Sureshot SX220 or my 1100D SLR digital camera.
Resized in Photoshop, and built up on a Dreamweaver web builder.
This site best viewed with . . . two dogs that like birthdays.
Previous walk - 20th October 2012 Harter Fell with Simon and Jo
A previous time here (spot the differences to today's pictures ) - 28th October 2008 A Keswick Walkabout - 2008
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