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" Loweswater to London ~ Christmas 2013 "
Date & start time: 15th to 19th December 2013.
Location of Start : The red phone box, Loweswater , Cumbria, Uk ( NY 143 211 )
Places visited : Ladybower in the Peak District, Tickhill and Camberley.
Walk details : Local walks at Ladybower and Sandhurst.
Walked with : Jenna then Catherine and family.
Weather : Changeable, rain clearing in the south later.
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Chance to get away and visit the family as our Christmas break here in Loweswater will be short, due to work commitments.
We have seen Paula and Gareth recently so it is off to Camberley to see Cathy and family . . .
but first it is lunch with Jenna in the Peak District.
To get to the Peak District we have to travel down from the Lakes to Manchester
and then turn right through Glossop and up and over the Pennines . . . on the top there's a wooden signpost marking the Pennine Way.
A short dog-walk along the footpath took us out onto the moorland but the weather was cold, windy and rather bleak.
That fits . . . the name of the high ground . . . Bleaklow Hill !
More or less on time, apart from a slight detour over at the last junction, we arrive at Ladybower Inn
Jenna was parked and waiting in the car park opposite . . . time for lunch, delicious it was too !
Afterwards we took a walk across the Ladybower Reservoir dam wall in order to appreciate the area.
The second of the two take-off towers on the way across the dam.
The Ladybower Inn is off to the right above the bridge.
Below us, at the foot of the dam, the outflow re-creates the River Derwent.
The western arm of the reservoir follows the Woodlands Valley.
The main part of the reservoir follows the Derwent Valley north.
The famous "Dam Busters" location is not this lake but the next one up this valley.
Perhaps we'll visit that next time when Jenna invites us over for lunch.
Time to be getting back . . . the car is parked on the road below Bamford Edge opposite.
Either end of the reservoir wall are two impressive "bell end" water outflows.
If the lake levels rise, the water flows over the round wall and away to oblivion (and out into the river below the reservoir).
On the roadside . . . the war memorial to the Dambusters heroes and Ashopton flooded village.
Check out some of the background on this Dambuster's Blog site
A quick call into Jenna's flat to pick up and exchange presents before we headed south.
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On the way we passed close to Tickhill so we diverted over to see Paula and Al and our grandchildren . . . as a surprise.
The surprise was on us however as they were not at home. We missed them by about twenty minutes it seemed.
Still, the Christmas lights in the village were delightful . . .
which is more than can be said for the weather later on as we drove towards London and into the heavy rain.
Cathy and Richard's home on the Sandhurst Academy Estate next morning.
Richard is a Colonel and Medical Anaesthetist within the Royal Army Medical Corp.
The Military Academy and training grounds cover a large area of the Berkshire countryside so plenty of places to go for a walk.
A break in the weather next morning . . . but wellies or boots are still the order of the day.
Boris is practising his 'stay'.
. . . through the mixed woodland.
A study in silver birch logs.
Harry retrieves a stick from the pool in the last photo.
Time to relax with the log fire and Christmas Tree.
Cathy and Ann with Boris their spaniel.
A local walk will usually include the Sandhurst Lakes.
" Mallard Ripples "
" Woodland Carpet "
The living forest floor . . . a small finch.
The chair on the weir between the lakes.
Staff College House at the head of the lake.
A fine buzzard high in the trees . . . once I turned off the auto-focus !
The full spread of Upper Lake.
On the side of Lower Lake is the Academy boathouse.
Ann looking across to the Academy itself.
Sam and Boris on an alternative tree seat.
In the trees, an Army, woodland meeting place.
No need to have the dogs on the lead . . . the road is well fenced off !
" A Study in Wire "
" Guarding the Gate "
When it was installed, I imagine the view out of the gate would have been very different.
The Egyptian Geese take to the water as we approach.
Safely afloat on the lake.
Perched high on the tree . . . maybe our same Heron from Upper Lake.
He flies off into the darkness of the woodland . . . the camera recording movement in a "still" photo.
A patch of sun again as we return to the house.
Now who put those on him ?
" Harry the brown nosed reindeer "
Time for a Christmas photo . . . let's get out the Christmas jumpers . . . Bridget Jones eat your heart out.
Ann and myself with the four grandsons . . . Jack, Matthew, Sam and Alexander in front.
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Technical note: Pictures taken with either Ann's Canon Sureshot SX220, or my Canon 1100D SLR digital camera.
Resized in Photoshop, and built up on a Dreamweaver web builder.
This site best viewed with . . . a moment's stillness at Christmas for a photo ... if nothing else.
Previous walk - 13th Dec 2013 - Finlay of Borrowdale
A previous time up here - 4th February 2012 Tickhill and the Snow
Next walk - 25th Dec 2013 - Season's Greetings.