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" Mosser Track with Pat and Leo "
Date & start time: Sunday / Monday, 25th / 26th May 2014, 3 pm start.
Location of Start : The Mosser Road End Loweswater , Cumbria, Uk ( NY 127 218 )
Places visited : Mosser Track, Askhill, back along the Loweswater lakeside.
Walk details : 3.5 mls, 500 feet of ascent, leisurely 2 hours.
Highest point : Mosser Track adjacent to Fellbarrow.
Walked with : Pat, Leo, myself (Ann) and the dogs, Harry and Dylan.
Weather : Glorious sunshine, a slight breeze on the second day.
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A beautiful Bank Holiday weekend with more sunshine and less rain than forecast.
Pat and grandson Leo call round for a local walk and the flowers and views up on the Mosser Road were beautiful.
Unfortunately I left my camera behind, but Pat had her mobile phone with her.
I repeated the walk next day, this time with my camera at the ready !
"Do we have to go for a walk ? It's lovely here in the sunshine and I've just got him settled . . ."
Onwards and upwards up the Mosser track, hardly warranting the name 'road' after a
blocked culvert several years ago washed away the top surface.
Thanks to Pat we have this lovely visual memory of the perfect reflection in Loweswater below us.
My view a bit further up on Monday. A slight ripple on the lake has muted the reflections.
The car in the background, very carefully trying to negotiate the crumbling track down. They had experienced a hair raising drive up to this point.
They were not happy about their choice of route, the lady was walking besides the car trying to keep the driver out of the potholes.
Taken from virtually the same place next day, a peaceful pastoral scene
looking towards the end of Loweswater with Miresyke below.
In the opposite direction, Melbreak, the High Stile ridge, Starling Dodd and Hen Comb form the distant fells.
Carling Knott rises in the middle foreground above the woods .
May blossom, looking up towards Askill Knott.
This is one of my favourite views up here . . . and the one used in the opening sequence of the Beatrix Potter film
Leo took this photo at the same point, Pat and I have now shed our fleeces.
At least I learnt my lesson and walked in a t-shirt next day !
Marian and William's farm, Askhill, nestles below the track.
They offer Farm Stay holidays in their house or static caravan.
The broom is in full blossom.
Blooming Broom !
May blossom against a blue sky.
There are some lovely rhododendrons starting to flourish up here, they make a fine display.
It can be windy up here, as can be seen from these trees.
Darling Fell rises in the background.
Further along the wide open moorland and the summit of Fellbarrow comes into view.
Stopping for a rest, what does a little puppy do with his ever-increasing long legs !
Hold your cursor over the picture to see . . .
In the distance we look across over Cockermouth and the Solway Plain to the distinctive shape of Criffel in the Scottish hills.
There are three walkers in the distance, the only folk I met on my second day of walking up here.
The spring lambs are growing apace, nearly as big as their mums.
I take the path towards Askhill farm with the Loweswater fells ahead.
I love this part of the walk . . . the gate and the lake view ahead.
I look back up to the top track above, over a rising field of buttercups.
Another photo of this rural scene.
Loweswater is a tranquil and stunningly beautiful corner of Lakeland on any day.
The track past Askill and Miresyke farms leads down to the main road that passes through Loweswater.
We have a red phone box opposite our cottage, this is the second Loweswater (silver and glass) phone box.
Can you spot it ?
A short spot of road walking now as we head towards the next part of the lakeside path.
The path cuts down to the lakeside at those trees ahead.
Sparkling tranquility as we reach the edge of the water . . .
. . and relief for hot dogs !
Dylan is becoming a little braver in the water . . .
. . . but only a little bit !
He rushes around and barks at Harry with his stick.
His water confidence will increase soon and then we probably won't be able to keep him out.
Making our way back along the lakeside path towards the car.
Dylan likes to explore every bit of shoreline.
Back at home, Harry seems to have him settled again, this time with his paw over Dylan's head.
Sweet dreams !
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Technical note: Pictures taken with either Ann's Canon Sureshot SX220, or Pat's iPhone digital camera.
Resized in Photoshop, and built up on a Dreamweaver web builder.
This site best viewed with . . . two days of good weather, remembering to take the camera for a second go at missed photographs
Previous walk - 21st May 2014 - George Fishers ~ Catbells Litter Pick
A previous time up here - 23rd/24th March 2008 Mosedale and Darling Fell
Next walk - 27th May 2014 - Hopegill's Dodd with Ian