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" Local Autumn Sunshine "

Date & start time: The week up to to Sunday 29th September 2013.

Location of Start : Keswick, Borrowdale and Loweswater , Cumbria, Uk.

Places visited : Castle Head, Lodore, Crummock and Flas Wood here in Loweswater.

Walk details :   Three local ones ... wasn't counting the miles.

Highest point : Mmmm . . . Castle Head if the view is anything to  go by.

Walked with : Mary, Ann and the dogs, Harry and Bethan or by myself.

Weather : Sunny.

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A combination of three shorter walks in the sunshine of late September.

We've had many people visit us and on some of these walks I managed to at least take my phone if not my camera.

In the woods the first signs of Autumn are showing . . . with the changing colours of the leaves and a good display of toadstools

but don't ask me to identify them !    The following is a brief collection of the  photos of last few days here in the Lakes.

The tranquility of an English Lakeland river . . .

as the River Cocker flows gently over the weir on its way downstream from Crummock Water through Lanthwaite Woods.

The picturesque tranquility of the lake has been disturbed slightly by some building repair work and scaffolding, apparently to upgrade the sluices

that control the outflow of the lake.   Rumour has it they are modernising the pipe work to improve the water flow through the fish ladder system.

The large pine always provides a fine focal point for a photo.
Zooming in on the boathouse further up the lake.

Two rather wet dogs with two reasonably dry people.

Ann and Mary relax on the bench by the boathouse while the dogs have a swim a short while later.

The new wooden door on the boathouse glows brightly in the late afternoon sunshine

as the calm lake reflects the grandeur of the Grasmoor fellside.

Rannerdale Knotts across the lake with Great Gable forming the final backdrop to the extended view up Buttermere Valley.

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On another local walk through the woods was highlighted by the range of mushrooms and toadstools on the woodland floor.

Don't ask me to name them . . . except perhaps the first one . . . perhaps you know better . . . let me know.

Amanita muscaria (fly agaric)

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On Sunday I had a pleasurable task . . . to move the Fisher Geocache competition entry forms from one location to another.

Knowing I had to collect them from The Jacobite Rising Cache on Castle Head

I packed a few sandwiches and headed up in the sunshine for lunch on the summit.

The seat on the top of Castle Head . . . scene of many other picnics over time no doubt.

With a view like this, it is a great spot to visit whether it is lunchtime or not !

Lord's Island, the subject of the Jacobite Rising mentioned in the Geocache, is the larger island in the nearer part of the lake.

If you have a few moments, the cache write up will provide interesting history of the Earls of Derwent Water.

The results of the competition will no doubt be published Fishers shortly.

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The follow up task in the evening after work was to take the scenic route home over Honister

in order to drop the new set of competition entry forms in the geocache called The Duckboard Dungeon

The cache description mentions . . . " A nice walk over the Chinese bridge and along the duckboards "

I parked near Lodore Hotel and headed out over the footbridge.

The marshland at the head of the lake is crossed by a raised walkway, interestingly made out of planks made of recycled plastic.

They are textured like wood and show every sign of lasting a lot longer than the old wooden board walk that used to be a feature of this lakeside path.

At the head of the lake is the hidden treasure cache, a plastic box hidden at a internet-published grid reference.

To find these caches, and there are hundreds of them hidden in the Lakes is a kids game but also a quiet adult sport.

People who collect geocaches can be compared in a way to those who try to visit every one of the summits on the list of Wainwright tops.

The only difference here is that the list of caches is ever expanding (as anyone can create and publish them subject to basic guidelines)

so I imagine no one will ever be able to say they've been to every one, there will always be another new one to visit.

Still it gets you out to great places like this . . . if it gives people reason to get out and walk . . . then it has to be a good thing.

Somewhere out here is a plastic box that I have to find.
Job done . . . on the way back I watch the climbers on Shepherd's Crag.

The competition entry forms are safely hidden in the box in The Duckboard Dungeon

Can you find them ?

It has been lovely and sunny in Cumbria this week.

Hope you've enjoyed the pictures . . . there are another local set to follow shortly.

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Technical note: All pictures taken with my Galaxy III phone camera . . . well there you go !.

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