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" A Woodland Walk out of the Wind "
Date & start time: 7th January 2013, 3.15 pm start.
Location of Start : The Scale Hill car park , Loweswater , Cumbria, Uk ( NY 149 215 )
Places visited : Lanthwaite Woods to Crummock Water.
Walk details : 1 mile, 150 feet of ascent, 35 minutes.
High point : Staying dry and not having your hat blown off.
Walked with : Myself and the dogs, Harry and Bethan.
Weather : Blustery and wet.
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The new year began as the old ended ... with a strong breeze and consistant wet weather... no change there then !
The ground is saturated so we take a woodland walk to stay clear of the mud
but despite the rainfall, the rivers are not as high as expected especially seeing the weather reports from other parts of the UK.
Following our recent series of photos of Great Gable from the garden, I indulge in one more . . .
but the New Year weather has meant that Great Gable is singularly missing from our daily lives at present.
With rain in the air and a strong breeze making it generally unpleasant, I decide on a local walk in the trees in order to exercise the dogs.
In contrast, do you think they ever say to each other . . . . "Oh dear ... have to take the old folk for their daily walk again."
Not evident by their actions . . . as they bound out of the car and rush over to the gate into the woods.
Next to the weir is the 'new' river water measuring station, raised high to avoid future flooding.
The white plaque on the side marks the height of the 2009 floods. Lets hope the electrics inside are all higher than that.
The flash catches the colour on the oak leaves that overhang the river
and also highlights the rain drops . . . it is far too mild for it to be snow !
The paths up alongside the river are criss-crossed by tree roots, the river occasionally washing away the loose soil in between.
Normally, and today is no exception, they are very slippery but with care they provide solid footholds to cross many of the muddy areas.
A large bend in the river creates a large pool with a gentle back eddie.
It is a lovely place to swim at the height of the summer when the water temperature is considerably higher than it is today.
Another old weir two thirds of the way up to the lake.
Rumour has it that otters have been spotted here but I've never been lucky enough or perhaps clever enough to see them.
One of the two footbridges over the River Cocker . . . it emerges from the lake either side of a small island.
Crummock Water was raised in level in 1903 to provide drinking water for Workington and Whitehaven.
Time to return via the main forest track.
The camera managed the next few shots without flash but the long exposure meant a slight blur due to camera shake on this one !
A British Telecom's manhole cover is evidence of the shore end of the submarine internet and phone cable to Buttermere.
The woodland track is in good condition as it was re-surfaced last year.
This allows wheelchair access all the way to the Crummock Boathouse if you are feeling strong.
Back to the car park now, the woodland successfully protecting us from the poor weather today.
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Technical note: Pictures taken with my Canon G10 digital camera.
Resized in Photoshop, and built up on a Dreamweaver web builder.
This site best viewed with . . . somewhere sheltered to walk on a wet, blustery day.
Previous page - 31st December 2012 Great Gable ~ Great Views
A previous time up here - 24th November 2010 Cinderdale & back with Maggie
Next walk - 8th January 2013 - Rannerdale Late On