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" Mellbreak with some Snow "
Date & start time: Tues 12th February 2013, 2 pm start.
Location of Start : The red phone box, Loweswater , Cumbria, Uk ( NY 143 211 )
Places visited : Kirkhead Farm, Mellbreak North top, Mosedale and home.
Walk details : 3.75 mls, 1450 ft of ascent, 1 hour 50 mins.
Highest point : Mellbreak North top 1,666ft - 509m
Walked with : Myself and the dogs, Harry and Bethan.
Weather : Overcast and claggy, with snow on the fells. Cold and breezy.
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A grey day with a light covering of snow on the fells.
It has been very cold however so a local walk turns a little icy as the dogs and I get out for an afternoon stretch.
Chance today to get out on a quick climb to see what effect the cold weather has had on the fells.
The weather is rather muggy and I can't even see the top of the valley.
Hen Comb was a possible but it looked even colder.
My companions today, Harry and Bethan.
Harry has a quick shake of the head just as I pressed the shutter.
The scene becomes quite wintery on one of the upper, flatter sections of the climb.
The peat hags are frozen over and the normally dripping turf has fine icicles instead.
We reached the first of the two cairns on the north top.
Fleetwith Pike in the background as I encourage Bethan to be the foreground interest.
It would be nice if she was looking this way ! . . . Hold your cursor over the picture to attract her attention.
Grasmoor and Whiteside with Hopegill Head is just visible in the background.
An Inspector Clouseau moment as I work out I'm the third person up here today
and that one of them turned at the summit and went back down the same way.
From the higher of the two cairns, a view of distant Red Pike and High Stile.
My route will be down via the traverse path above Mosedale.
If you are going this way, head down the steep middle path then look for the top of the dry gully.
A narrow path across the top of the gully leads on to a path no bigger than a sheep track.
" Was someone talking about us ? "
On the way down, the snow is almost gone and the path becomes less slippery.
The sun's coming out too . . . too late to counteract the cold winds though.
Darling Fell on the left, where we walked yesterday and Low Fell to the right.
What a difference in air quality in just 24 hours.
But I take it all back . . . the sun is shining and everything is right with the world.
Ahead the vague shape of Hopegill Head now stands out like a white beacon . . .
So much so that I recorded the moment for posterity . . . I wonder what it will look like in another 24 hours ?
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Technical note: Pictures taken with Ann's Canon Sureshot SX220 digital camera.
Resized in Photoshop, and built up on a Dreamweaver web builder.
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Previous walk - 11th February 2013 - Darling Fell in Valentine's Week
A previous time up here - 6th March 2009 Mellbreak at a run - part of the way
Next walk - 18th February 2013 - Ennerdale Ramble