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" A Frosty Crummock Walk "
Date & start time: 2nd December 2012, 11 am start.
Location of Start : The red phone box, Loweswater , Cumbria, Uk ( NY 143 211 )
Places visited : Low Park, High Park, Crummock Water, back via gated road.
Walk details : 2.6 mls, 225 ft of ascent, 1.5 hours.
Highest point : The superb weather.
Walked with : Mark and Susan, Paula and Al, Tom and Abi, Ann and the dogs, Harry and Bethan.
Weather : Sunshine and blue skies, cold and frosty.
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They had time to fit in an hour or so's walk in before lunch, packing their gear, exchanging Christmas presents and leaving for home.
In the time available we took a leisurely stroll down to the beach at Crummock Water
where the weather and the views were probably as good as they get.
Mmm . . . breakfast time dawned bright and cold.
Looking out over Mellbreak and Loweswater Church from our garden.
The puffins are finding it cold no doubt.
They've no opportunity to fly south for the winter.
Just check out those busy little hands.
After our breakfast it was time to go out and enjoy the morning.
This is Low Fell from the road-side of the garden . . . Harry & Bethan's greeting position for visitors and passers-by.
Today's motley crew . . .
Mark, Al and Abi, Paula and Tom, Sue and Ann.
The Kirkstile Inn from below the signpost.
They are renovating the garden extension to give a marginally wider, draught-free place to eat and enjoy the view.
Walking down to Low Park.
A fine view of Grasmoor over the hedge.
This close under Mellbreak, the houses of High and low Park receive much less sunshine than we do in the winter.
Beyond High Park we cross through the bottom of Green Wood, heading for the lake.
The high fells have a brilliant white topping.
The view up Crummock Water to Rannerdale and the head of the Buttermere Valley.
Zooming closer as we drop down to the lake.
Snow covered Green Gable and Great Gable behind Haystacks.
Half way down the wall and the dogs are already down at the bottom, enjoying the water.
A close up of the beach . . . the old tree is slowly rotting away.
Tom checks out how his boots grip on the slippery stones !
That tree is stronger than it looked from above . . . photo by Sue this time to allow me into the picture.
The colour is slightly muted as the sun is setting behind the side of Mellbreak.
We would be in shadow in a few minutes if we stayed here much longer.
That lovely view up the lake is stunning today.
Zooming back this time before the sun leaves the beach.
A wider shot from the same place.
Walking along the shingle we get back into the sunshine.
With the sun comes the warmth and chance to enjoy a few minutes on the stones.
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Time for a more leisurely few moments skimming stones.
" How's that ? "
Someone's found a stick for Harry . . .
. . . but he can't find where it landed !
Tom checks out a slightly larger rock.
Time to move on . . . this is the small pump house (water outlet building) for the drinking water supply from the lake.
Looking back along the water board lane across the meadows, seen here with the high fells behind.
Across the meadows towards the Loweswater Fells . . . Carling Knott being the most prominent.
The standing stones of the Muncaster House front lawn . . . with Low Fell once again in the picture.
Back into the colder part of the valley . . . and the temporary pools have a covering of ice.
Technical note: Pictures taken with my 1100D SLR digital camera.
Resized in Photoshop, and built up on a Dreamweaver web builder.
This site best viewed with . . . lovely winter weather for a family visit.
Previous walk - 1st December 2012 Haystacks with the Family
A previous time up here - 9th July 2011 Low Ling Crag on Crummock Water
Next walk - 5th December 2012 Knock Murton with Ann