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" Buttermere Long How "
Date & start time: Tuesday 3rd June 2014, 3.45 pm start.
Location of Start : The National Trust car park, Buttermere, Cumbria, Uk ( NY 172 172 )
Places visited : Long How, Nether How, Wood House and back across Long How again.
Walk details : 1.2 mls, 150 feet of ascent, 1 hour.
High point : The weather !
Walked with : Ann and our dogs, Harry and Dylan.
Weather : Sunshine and blue skies again after a poor morning.
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This was a picture of Dylan just eight weeks ago.
A little bundle of fluff, just needing short walks each day.
Now he's all legs and at eighteen weeks and needs a lot more to tire him out.
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Time for our daily walk . . . where shall we go today ?
The nice weather of the last few days has suddenly got even better
so we head off to Buttermere for a wonder round the head of Crummock Water.
Long How woods lie adjacent to the National Trust car park at Buttermere.
The path takes us down to Mill Beck, the stream that passes alongside the Bridge Hotel in Buttermere Village.
There's very little water in it today due to the lack of rain over the last few weeks.
Harry is straight in but Dylan is still a little wary of the water.
Across the stream and out of the woods . . . and we have a lovely view across to Mellbreak and Crummock Water.
Don't forget to look the other way too.
The head of the Buttermere Valley
with Fleetwith Pike, Brandreth and Haystacks forming the skyline.
We follow Mill Beck down towards the lake.
You just can't help looking back now and again
as the fells disappear and re-appear between the trees.
Down at the beach at the head of Crummock Water.
This is the southern end of the lake and we can see Low Fell in the distance.
Ann walks over to the rocks, Harry enjoys a deep paddle
and Dylan takes an interest in something in the water . . . it turned out to be a dead pike (fish) about two feet long.
Thanks Dylan . . . I hope you haven't eaten any of it !
Ann in contemplative mood.
Harry in swimming mood.
The high fells adjacent to this part of the lake are High Stile and Red Pike.
We stroll around to the trees on the next small beach which is about as far as the footpath goes.
A mother duck collects her brood of nine ducklings and takes them out into deeper water.
Yellow iris on the banks as we look across to High Ling Crag on the side of Mellbreak.
Low Ling Crag, the tombolo that stretches out into the lake, blends in with the fellside from this low angle.
Two close-ups of the Yellow Iris.
Lovely sunshine and calm winds mean they photograph well today.
Several Canada Geese fly in from further up the valley.
Dual amphibious landings.
Rannerdale Knotts and Whiteless Pike behind.
Time to make our way back across the beach . . . the trees are on the small mound known as Nether How . . . in Saxon English "the low hill".
A lot more yellow Iris on the shoreline the other side of the bridge.
Wood House has a couple of boats moored up ready for use.
Their old landing spot is a little overgrown with low trees so the boats are moored on the beach itself.
Wood House . . . Bed and Breakfast and Guest House with a superb location.
Back into Long How woodland and a colourful Rhododendron bush.
An amazing bright orange bracket fungus on one of the trees.
Someone has built a backwoods shelter in the woods.
Our round trip has brought us back to the car park.
Time to pop over to Syke Farm to see Ann and Mick and perhaps buy a little fresh milk.
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Technical note: Pictures taken with either Ann's Canon Sureshot SX220, or my Nikon P520 digital camera.
Resized in Photoshop, and built up on a Dreamweaver web builder.
This site best viewed with . . . lovely sunshine to bring out the colours.
Previous walk - 1st June 2014 - (June) Ling Fell with Gareth
A previous time up here - 3rd February 2014 - Mill Beck, Buttermere