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" Rannerdale Beck Falls "
Date & start time: Monday 25th February 2013, am start.
Location of Start : Cinderdale Car Park, Crummock, Cumbria, Uk ( NY 143 211 )
Places visited : Cinderdale, Rannerdale Beck and back by Rannerdale Valley.
Walk details : 2 mls, 600 ft of ascent, 1 hour 20 minutes.
Highest point : Rannerdale Beck Falls 900 ft - 277 m.
Walked with : Ann and the dogs, Harry and Bethan.
Weather : Lovely afternoon sunshine and no breeze.
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Often seen from afar, we decided that the time available for today's short walk
should still allow us to get to somewhere different.
Sunshine was the order of the day so we chose a west facing slope to enjoy the afternoon sun to the full.
To place it in context, this is a photo from a year or two back when we walked along the summit ridge of Rannerdale Knotts.
Seen above, the Rannerdale Beck actually leaves the valley quite quickly and heads up that deep, incised valley between Grasmoor and Whiteless Pike
leaving the Squat Beck to do the work of draining the rest of the Rannerdale Valley.
Today we headed up from Cinderdale car park and crossed the fell side on the left, heading for the falls hidden in the shadows opposite.
The best weather in Britain was forecasted for West Cumbria.
They were right . . . the sunshine was in profusion today as we walked up from the side of Crummock Water.
I'd left the camera behind for this shorter walk . . . but with colour like this how could I not record it for posterity.
We climbed across the fell side, staying a little lower than the normal Lad How route,
and followed along the wall along to meet Rannerdale Beck as it climbed up from the valley . . . or should that be "cascaded down" to the valley ?
Usually seen from a distance, today we were able to get up close and personal . . . and what a nice little cascade it was.
The old sheepfold below the falls has sadly been demolished by the floods.
Probably the landslide opposite provided the ammunition for the river to knock out the old fold walls lower down next to the beck.
Afterwards we followed the beck down till we overlooked the "bluebell valley".
Bethan catches the last rays of direct sunlight as we walk into the shadow of Rannerdale Knotts.
By the time we stroll back to the car, our outward track has also succumbed to the advancing shadows
. . . but it has been a great afternoon walk.
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Previous walk - 19th February 2013 - To Sweden with Two Pikes
A previous time up here - 2nd April 2011 Rannerdale Knotts in the Sunshine
Next walk - 26th February 2013 - Robinson from Newlands Pass