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" Double Measure - double Pleasure "

Date & start time: Tuesday 10 th February 2015.

Location of Start : The red phone box, Loweswater , Cumbria, Uk ( NY 143 211 )

Places visited : Lanthwaite Woods in the morning and the High Park in the afternoon.

Walk details :   Several miles,  a few hundred feet of ascent, no-one counted today !

Highest point : The company, the weather, the location.

Walked with : Sherran & Bill, Pat and Ian, Ann and our dogs, Harry and Dylan.

Weather : Sunshine and blue skies . . . all day.

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A walk to the lake in the morning before Sherran and Bill return home. 

In the afternoon other friends call round for a local walk too, so where better to go but to the lake again

to enjoy the view along the length of Crummock on this bright and sunny day.

A shorter out and back walk along the length of Lanthwaite Woods.

The photos started half way through the morning as Ann and Sherran sat at the weir at Crummock.

The view looking over the weir and skimming across Crummock Water's surface.

The bright sunshine shines like a jewel on the rim of the lake, as it cascades over the edge to become the re-named River Cocker.

Behind the clouds fly high above Rannerdale Knotts and all of the Buttermere Fells.

Be prepared to swim hard if you're a fish in the fish ladder.

To the side though, the water is shallow and calm, as Bill catches a few photos before they return home.

Dylan and Harry catch a swim before they walk back too.

The sun streams down the lake

the old Scots pine sheltering the camera slightly from the brightness of the day.

Time to play as we walk back alongside the river.

The water level is up after recent rain.

This beach normally has a little sand showing, but today it is a foot underwater.

Back home in our garden the snowdrops are fading,

but the crocuses are in full bloom and adding a different colour to the season.

The recent rain and wind haven't been kind . . . so one or two are suffering  more than they should.

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After lunch the doorbell rang and friends had called round to see us.

Pat and Mike and their son Ian have been up in the lakes for a few days, but Mike had to return home early.

After a chin-wag at home, it was suggested that we could work up an appetite for an afternoon cuppa with a local walk on this lovely day.

Pat suggested an hours walk down to the lake would be a good idea . . . and everyone including the dogs seemed to agree.

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Our route would be more of a round trip this afternoon . . . starting off in the direction of the Kirkstile Inn.

Crocuses in the garden are more than matched by the display in St Bartholomew's Churchyard.

The sunny day had brought them out into full bloom.

A whole multitude of flowers in this tranquil place.

Outside the churchyard gate is of course . . . the Kirkstile Inn.

[ "Thirst after righteousness" . . . but I think I've used that heading before. ]

After walking the road, first to Low Park and then High Park,

we've reached the high ground underneath Mellbreak's northern flank.  Pat and Ian pause for a photo.

Across the ruffled waters of Crummock, Grasmoor is looking superb in the sunshine,

its face slightly mottled by the shadow of a passing high cloud.

Shadows on our side now as we look up the lake.

Down at lake level and through the gate, we look back at a similar view.

From the beach we head off towards the weir at the foot of the lake.

Red Pike and the whole of the High Stile Ridge come into view as we walk around Peel headland.

The wind has dropped and the lake now reflects the hills and the distant boathouse.

Down at the weir . . . for the second time in the day.

The fish eye's view from the other side of the fish ladder.

That's better . . . didn't want to drop the camera as I was hanging over the edge !

Ian stops for a picture with the dogs . . . he's looking at his mum, not myself.

Back down to Scale Hill car park via the lakeside once again.

Ian points out the lovely snowdrops, still in bloom in the cooler conditions down here by the side of the river.

The sweep of the river leading down to the summer swimming pool.

Too cold and too much water for swimming on a day like today.

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Rather than a road walk back to the house, we divert across the fields to raid the hen house.

Don't panic we've had permission and the dogs are safely on the other side of the fence !

One of more than a dozen local ladies.

The rest are outside enjoying a free-range sunny day.

They are not brooding at present . . . so the eggs are going spare.

Home again, across the damp, slightly muddy fields to enjoy the tea and cake.

The eggs will keep nicely till tomorrow's breakfast or lunch.

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Technical note: Pictures taken with either Ann's Canon Sureshot SX220, or my Nikon P520 digital camera.

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