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" Sunrise, Fellbarrow and Low Fell "
Date & start time: 8th December 2012, 11.45 am start.
Location of Start : Thackthwaite Village, Vale of Lorton, Cumbria, Uk ( NY 148 236 )
Places visited : Thackthwaite, Fellbarrow, Low Fell, the sheepfold and back to the cottage
Walk details : 4 mls, 1350 ft of ascent, 2 hours 40 mins (a linear walk).
Highest point : Low Fell 1,387ft - 423m
Walked with : Jo, Ann and the dogs, Jodie, Amber, Harry and Bethan.
Weather : Overcast with possible rain on the way.
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A lovely winter sunrise again holds the prospect of another nice day for Jo and ourselves.
However the forecast showed, and the powers that be knew, it wouldn't last . . .
so our Low Fell walk ended up decidedly less sunny than this first picture suggests.
The crack of dawn in Loweswater . . . about 8.20 am !
Twenty minutes later, the sun is rather dawdling but it has risen sufficiently to lighten the sky.
Another ten minutes and the prospect has changed slightly
as the shadow cast by the rising sun shows up the thicker cloud approaching from the west.
You guessed it . . . by 11.30 it was decidedly less attractive.
No problem . . . pack all four dogs in the back of the car (!) and our wet weather gear in the rucksacks and we're off.
The start of the walk at Thackthwaite.
[ I put this photo in to show that no animals were harmed in the making of this web page despite the last photo ! ]
Where are the other two . . . they're already out of the picture up the lane.
As the weather wasn't too bad we added Fellbarrow to our itinerary
so we took the smaller track off to the right of the main path up Low Fell, heading for the coll at the top right of the picture.
In no time at all we were there . . .
Hatteringill Head over the fence, but we would turn left here and head up to Fellbarrow summit.
Fellbarrow trig point and our first summit of the day.
The snow still holds on the high fells but today's mild weather will surely cause some or all of it to melt.
Heading south in search of the next one.
Looking back at Fellbarrow as the ladies start the climb up Sourfoot Fell
This is a small intermediate summit with a second, Smithy Fell, mid picture.
The top of Sourfoot Fell looks across to Darling Fell on the right and Low Fell on the left . . .
and to the bad weather rapidly spreading across in the same direction.
The lovely aspect south over Crummock Water
is rather spoilt today as the rain is hiding the long distance views
" Sometime I sit and think . . . and sometimes I just think "
Today we are sitting and thinking where to go next in view of this change of weather.
No point in going on to the southern viewpoint !
. . . so we cut down the fence line towards home.
Down to the round sheep fold found half way down the fell side.
Next objective the old pine . . . watch for the standing water just ahead.
Looking down we see other walkers . . . how many . . . count the legs and divide by four.
Two's company . . . let's start a crowd . . .
Hi Jodie . . . will you be our third friend ?
Hey mum . . . what am I supposed to do now ?
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I think it best if we just say " thanks but no thanks" and get back for a cup of tea !
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Technical note: Pictures taken with either Ann's Canon Sureshot SX220 or my Canon G10 digital cameras.
Resized in Photoshop, and built up on a Dreamweaver web builder.
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Previous walk - 5th December 2012 Knock Murton with Ann
A previous time up here - 27th February 2010 Fellbarrow Extended
Next walk - 11th December 2012 Sunset and Grike