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" Gosforth Pottery and Wasdale "
Date & start time: Monday 11th March 2013, 2pm start.
Location of Start : Gosforth Pottery, Cumbria, Uk ( NY 064 037 )
Places visited : Gosforth, Greendale, Wast Water and back via Nether Wasdale.
Walk details : A local walk by the lake, few feet of ascent, 1.5 hours.
Highest point : 200 feet above sea level at the shelter.
Walked with : Ann and the dogs, Harry and Bethan.
Weather : Sunshine and blue skies, a keen, bitterly cold wind.
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We drove down to Gosforth on the west coast, myself for a pottery lesson (a present from our children)
and Ann to walk the dogs while I pottered.
After snow flurries in the morning it turned into a superb afternoon for looking at Britain's favourite view.
Morning has broken . . . snow flurries for us but the high fells are white again this morning.
We gather that the Penrith area and possibly Kendal have more snow than us, with snow lying at valley level.
I'm due in Gosforth at 2pm so after an early lunch we drive down via Ennerdale Bridge.
This was the view up Ennerdale Valley today . . . with a fresh snow cover above the 1600 ft contour.
This is Gosforth Pottery's workshop where I tried my hand at throwing a pot or three.
Not having done it for fifteen years I was a bit wobbly . . . and so were two out of my three pots !
That one of mine on the shelf was quite good so hopefully that can be glazed and will adorn the house in due course.
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In the mean time Ann continued on to Wasdale to walk the dogs down by the lake.
Sheep grazing alongside the road under Buckbarrow.
Ahead are the Wasdale Screes and the high fells at the top of the valley have a significant covering of snow.
Greendale with the Scafells behind.
Down by the lake where the fingerpost points left to Wasdale Head or right to Nether Wasdale.
Ann aimed for the parking area straight ahead.
From the high ground next to the water there's a great view up the lake.
Yewbarrow and Great Gable dominate the head of the valley.
Down on the beach the full effect of the wind can be seen.
White-horses on the water and wind-blown golden retrievers on the beach.
Crossing the stream over towards the island.
Can you two sit still long enough to have your picture taken ?
Looking up at the Whin Rigg, the western end of The Screes.
After pottery Ann drove down to collect me . . . and we drove back up to Wasdale so that I could enjoy the view too.
Here the bigger lens is out to catch a close up of Great Gable.
. . . and across the water to Scafell Pike and Scafell.
That snow will be lying over the ice layer of previous weeks and will make it very difficult to walk unaided.
It is also bitingly cold . . . near freezing down here in the sun . . . so up there with the added wind-chill factor it will be seriously cold.
Ann tries for another portrait.
" Perhaps she doesn't realise how cold we are getting with all this sitting around ! "
We walked over to the shelter and viewpoint up on the next rise.
The three-sided shelter has the best views on the coldest, windiest side !
Who took which photos is confusing today as Ann borrowed my camera early on for many of the shots including this one.
A gorse bush is struggling into flower despite the recent cold conditions.
The wider picture . . . a full panorama of the top end of Wast Water.
The view of the shelter just before we left.
Finally we had to turn our back on the superb view and drive away, down the lakeside road towards home.
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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 warm coat and double gloves.
Previous walk - 5th March 2013 - Rossett Pike in Winter Sunshine
A previous time in the area - 19th Feb 2008 An afternoon on Middle Fell
Next walk - 12th March 2013 - Honister's Via Ferrata Extreme