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" Knock Murton with Ann "
Date & start time: Wednesday 5th December 2012, 2.30 pm start.
Location of Start : Roadside, Cauda Brow above Ennerdale, Cumbria, Uk ( NY 143 211 )
Places visited : Mountain road above Felldyke, Knock Murton via Leaps Beck track.
Walk details : 2 mls, 750 ft of ascent, 1.5 hours.
Highest point : Knock Murton 1410ft - 447m.
Walked with : Ann and the dogs, Harry and Bethan.
Weather : Sunshine and blue skies, a bitterly cold northerly wind.
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The high pressure winter weather continues and with it the cold bright days
that makes the Lakes a wonderful place to be.
This afternoon Ann and I take a short drive to enjoy the afternoon sunshine on one of the western fells.
Sunrise in Loweswater . . . looking up the valley
from Rannerdale Knotts all the way up to Haystacks and Great Gable.
Close up of the head of the valley.
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After a busy morning and a spot of lunch it was time to get out and enjoy the rest of the day.
I'm not reaching for a trek pole so I must be adjusting my neck buff to keep out the cold.
The red ochre track up towards Knock Murton . . . the colour due to the iron-stone geology of the area.
Across the field is the old railway line, a mineral track that served the old mines under Knock Murton.
After the first gate we took a left turn and headed up the fell
using some of the old mine tracks and sheep tracks that cross the hillside.
As we climbed, the view became more extensive.
To the south we had views over to Great Borne and Ennerdale Lake.
Out to sea we could clearly see the Isle of Man.
In the fields below us the evidence of the old railway system and spoil heaps still exist.
The disadvantage of clear views is the sight of the Solway coast full of ironmongery.
The countryside of Cumbria has been under pressure from literally hundreds of wind farm applications.
Hopefully the rule that there should be no wind farms in the National Park will hold good.
I spotted a catch-line of a website recently . . . " Spoiling Cumbria will not save the planet ! "
On the other side of the fell we look towards the high fells.
The small hump is Godworth, then behind it Banna Fell, with Starling Dodd and Red Pike in the snow-covered distance.
The wider view from The High Stile ridge around to Ennerdale Lake.
Despite stopping for pictures, we're still not at the top, so there's a last climb to do . . .
. . . before we reach the summit shelters and cairn.
Time to stop and enjoy the view . . . .
To the north there's the briefest glimpse of Cogra Moss reservoir . . .
. . . so a short walk to the edge of the fell allowed me a better view.
Turning . . . the sunlight catches the summit cairn.
Time to leave the summit . . . one last view of Red Pike and the High Stile Ridge before we leave the top.
We take a slightly different route down the fell which involves a slightly steeper descent to start.
It took us down past a few old mine workings and down to the track again, this time further up from the gate.
The rest is history . . . it was just a walk back to the car by the bottom gate !
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In the late afternoon we caught the last of the sun from our garden once again.
Time to just stand and enjoy . . .
I believe that this is where we came in . . .
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Technical note: Pictures taken with either Ann's Canon Sureshot SX220, my Canon G10 or 1100D SLR digital cameras.
Resized in Photoshop, and built up on a Dreamweaver web builder.
This site best viewed with . . . a bar of chocolate to share on the summit and a pot of tea back home.
Previous walk - 2nd December 2012 Frosty Crummock Walk
A previous time up here - 31st January 2010 The Knock Murton Track
Next walk - 8th December 2012 Sunrise and Low Fell