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" Rannerdale Bluebells ~ 2013 "
Date & start time: Friday 17th May 2013, 2.45 pm start.
Location of Start : The Hause Point car park, Crummock, Cumbria, Uk ( NY 163 184 )
Places visited : Crummock Lake then Rannerdale Valley.
Walk details : 1.6 mls, 300 ft of ascent, 1 hour.
High point : The deep hint of blue.
Walked with : Myself and the dogs, Harry and Bethan.
Weather : Sunshine to start the turning overcast.
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Today an afternoon stroll up to Rannerdale to walk the dogs and see the flowers.
The arrival of the famous bluebells has been delayed by the cold Spring weather,
but perhaps the sunshine and the recent change of season has allowed them to catch up ?
What a nice day . . . the sun is shining through the gaps in the clouds, it is warm enough not to bring a jacket
and I have an hour or so to walk the dogs and catch up on local events.
The second purpose of the walk, after exercising the dogs, was to check out the progress of the bluebells.
At the entrance to the valley we struggle through the gate (see later) and look across to the Crab Apple tree and behind it, Whiteless Pike.
Several sheep and this adventurous lamb have ventured into the area through the damaged gate.
No problem . . . I don't suppose they like bluebells as they seem to be concentrating on the grassy area for their lunch.
A bright patch of sunlight illuminated the Lad Hows ridge.
The area either side of the path shows the longer growth of bluebell leaves but as yet, not many flowers.
The patch of sun moved quickly down the fellside and suddenly the blue of the flowers begins to stand out. They are growing better on the south facing slopes on the other side of the Rannerdale Beck.
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Bluebells are not in themselves rare in this country but the Rannerdale ones are more well known than some as they appear to thrive in an area where they are least expected to.
Is it a present day localised micro-climate, the long-lost location
of an ancient woodland, all gone but the flowers, or the calcium from
the bones of the warriors of the Battle of Rannerdale which altered
the soil so much that it allows the plants to survive on the open fell
? The choice is yours !
Just as I turn to catch the bluest area, the sunshine moves on and the colour fades.
Still, the clouds are moving fast and hopefully the sunshine will return.
There are lots of folk about . . . many no doubt are here like me, to check out the flowers.
More people than when we were here recently.
Mmmm . . . I'm sure there was a good display at this point last year !
Time to get low down and personal !
Now which ones do I focus on ?
Mellbreak across the lake forms a backdrop to this area.
Carefully kneeling on the pathway so as to avoid damaging the flowers.
The dogs are very good at sitting today . . . even though they need to be told each time I stop for a photo.
They are the only ones in the valley and almost certainly planted rather than naturally grown.
They look a little lonely and out of place but presumably have significance to someone.
The late blooming of the flowers reinforces my thoughts about how much cooler this area is than further down the Loweswater Valley.
Looking back up at Whiteless Pike, which stands sentinel to the valley below.
Time to cross back over the river.
Further up there was a bridge, down here by the bloomery there isn't one so the stones will have to suffice.
Oh . . . and that gate . . . the post has rotted and the extra number of visitors has been the straw that broke the camel's back.
Take care if you're visiting soon, but hopefully someone will find a new post a.s.a.p. before the holiday visitors arrive en-mass.
If you were thinking of joining them there's still a week or two of growing yet to do before the flowers reach their prime.
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Technical note: Pictures taken with my 1100D SLR digital camera.
Resized in Photoshop, and built up on a Dreamweaver web builder.
This site best viewed with . . . a bit of extra sunshine and perhaps a new gatepost ?
Previous walk - 4th May 2013 - Haystacks with Jen and Co
A previous time up here - 8th May 2011 Rannerdale Bluebells revisited
Next walk - 23rd May 2013 - Carrock Fell and Lingy Hut.