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" Darling Fell for Ann "

Date & start time: Tuesday 18 th October 2014, 3.15 pm start.

Location of Start : The Mosser Road end, Loweswater, Cumbria, Uk ( NY 127 218 )

Places visited : Mosser Road and Darling Fell, and a later walk to The Pine tree on Low Fell.

Walk details :   2 mls, 850 feet of ascent, 1 hour 40 mins.

Highest point : Darling Fell, 1270 ft - 391 m.

Walked with : Ann and our dogs, Harry and Dylan.

Weather : Lovely afternoon sunshine.

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Two local walks, the major one being Darling Fell for Ann on the Tues 18th (while I was at work). 

The second was after the weekend when I ventured out for a short dog walk and just had to grab a few photos

due to the superb nature of the weather at the end of the day.

This was an attempt to repeat a walk up Darling Fell two days earlier when I forgot my camera.

I wanted to search out a glorious holly tree packed with berries.

We start as always by walking through the woods at the start of the Mosser track.

The Mosser track, severely damaged by water from a blocked culvert some years ago,

is gradually greening over as nature reclaims the track. Don't take your car along here though as some of the troughs are huge!

Green, orange and blue colours as we ascend.

I have to climb the stile but the dogs both know an easier way for themselves!

A pleasant green track rises above Loweswater with glorious views all around.

As we reach the top of the track the Buttermere valley opens out before us.

I had already inadvertently passed the track to that holly tree, so missed it out this time.

I found it again a few days later . . . but hadn't taken my camera that time either !

Today I ended up in the deep col between Darling and Low Fell

The only way to reach Darling summit was up . . . so up the steep grassy slope I climbed.

The most energetic member of the party was already waiting at the summit !

Harry catches up on some rest as he waits for me.

Summit attained, for the second time in 48 hours.

Last time we made our ascent up the fellside to the right of Harry, today I arrive from the left of the cairn.

The views are well worth the effort on this, another glorious November day.

Click here or on the photo above for a larger Loweswatercam annotated panorama.

We walk across the ridge towards the fence and stile in the distance on the true summit of Darling Fell.

The cairn we have just visited was not in fact on the highest point of the hill

but on the apparent summit as viewed from the Loweswater village hall far below.

That Dylan is already there again (look for the tail near the fence) !

He certainly loves his fell walks.

Looking towards sunny Fellbarrow and across the northern Solway Plain.

The sun sets lower in the sky as we start our steep descent.

Waiting for the slow-coaches !

The steep descent next to the fence.
Then down to join the Mosser track in the shade below.

Hen Comb just catches the last rays of the sun, as do Blake and Carling Knott opposite above Holme Woods

We rejoin the track and make our way back to the car, myself over, the dogs under the stile.

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After the weekend it was Roger's turn to venture out for a walk at the end of a busy day at home.

Crossing the fields and looking back at the cottage and Crummock Water.

The local farmer set his mobile sheep pen out for clipping and cleaning the sheep, which he did a few days ago.

Climbing above Whinny Ridding Wood, the trees at the base of Low Fell behind Foulsyke House.

A panorama of the afternoon view from Whiteside round to Mellbreak and Hen Comb.

The tops of the high fells are just covered in cloud as the cooler moist air rises up and over the summits.

Click here or on the photo above for a larger (and therefore clearer) Loweswatercam annotated panorama.

Time to be heading back down . . . full marks to the mobile phone camera in my pocket today !

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Technical note: Pictures taken with either Ann's Canon Sureshot SX220, or my Samsung Galaxy digital camera.

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