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" Loweswater and High Nook Tarn "
Date & start time: Thursday 17th July 2014, 2 pm start.
Location of Start : Maggie's Bridge car park, Loweswater , Cumbria, Uk ( NY 134 210 )
Places visited : Loweswater, Holme Wood, Coffin Road, High Nook and back via farm.
Walk details : 3.1 mls, 700 feet of ascent, 2 hours.
Highest point : Above Holme Woods 1010 ft - 310m.
Walked with : Ann and our dogs, Harry and Dylan.
Weather : Sunshine and blue skies.
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Just Ann, myself and the dogs today.
. . . and blue skies and fluffy white clouds of course.
It has been a great summer for weather and we are almost getting used to it . . . hope it lasts.
The sheep are away on the high fells so the lowland meadows are being left to grow as hay meadows.
With the new environmental stewardship payments to farmers, hay meadows attract a premium
so it is a win for the farmers, a winner for the birds and insects . . . and a win again for us photographers.
Through the gate . . . a first close up view of the lake.
Behind us the skies are getting bigger and wider.
The fells . . . Grasmoor, Mellbreak and Hen Comb.
Nestled under the northern slopes of Carling Knott are Watergate Barn (l) and Watergate Cottage.
A slight breeze disturbs the water on the lake just enough to spoil any reflections.
The dogs make a bee-line for the water in order to cool off.
Other visitors have unpacked an inflatable canoe and prepare to try it for the first time.
[ Good to see they've got buoyancy jackets just in case.]
Rather than walk round to the bothy we take the first path and head steeply up into the woods.
Over the lake we can see Myresyke and Askhill Farm with the rocky outcrop of Askhill Knott behind.
Our view here is much restricted by the trees which have grown in our time here in the valley.
Originally the area was clear and the views likewise.
The gate at the top of the woods leads out onto the Coffin Road.
Round the corner is the wooden seat overlooking the lake and the route heads on to Lamplugh and ultimately I suppose, St Bees Priory Church.
We're heading the other direction . . . back towards Loweswater village and home.
It is such a nice view of the area from up here.
Loweswater Panorama . . .
from Whinlatter and the Lorton Valley, past Crummock and round to Red Pike and the High Stile Ridge overlooking the Buttermere Valley.
Clear air means a clear photo of Red Pike and High Stile nearly four miles away.
Lower down the farmer has been cutting bracken in an attempt to maintain a good grazing field.
Nestled under Black Crag, High Nook Tarn is in a small glacial hollow
and not connected to the main streams that descends from the slopes of either Gavel or Blake.
Harry and Dylan want to connect too . . . Harry peacefully and Dylan full of beans !
" Putting back the water he didn't need back into the stream "
The tarn is a fraction deeper than what would be natural due to a small bank of stones forming a slight wall.
It has probably turned a muddy pool into a delightful small tarn. By the way . . . the crocodile is only a small stone, honest.
Bog beans (Menyanthes trifoliata)
I thought there was a beautiful blue blue damsel fly there when I pressed the shutter.
Ann takes time out to enjoy the view, finding the only spare stone on the damp grass next to the tarn.
On the other hand the dogs weren't bothered about sitting quietly.
Hold your cursor over the picture to encourage them to work off a bit more energy.
Such a peaceful place (once the dogs were quiet and not splashing us with water).
( Before you get too excited please note that the farmer at High Nook no longer offers a 'B & B' service, sorry . . . Rmh )
The cattle roam free in the fields below the farm, taking advantage of the shade on this hot day.
Back to those lovely hay meadows again . . . that's Black Crag far in the distance now.
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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 . . . space in the car park.
Previous walk - 12th July 2014 - Seafarer's 24 Peaks Challenge
A previous time up here - 15th February 2006 An extended local walk up High Nook
Next walk - 21st July 2014 - Cogra Moss with Double Dogs