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" Low Ling Crag and High Nook "
Date & start time: Friday 10th and Sunday 12th July 2015.
Location of Start : The red phone box, Loweswater , Cumbria, Uk ( NY 143 211 )
Places visited : Ist walk - Low Ling Crag, 2nd walk High Nook.
Walk details : Each walk is about three miles . . . time to suit yourselves.
Walked with : Hilton, Ann and our dogs, Harry and Dylan.
Weather : Classic summer . . . if only on the day.
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Two local walks in lovely sunshine, taken amidst a period of very changeable weather.
The view from High Park across to the giants of Grasmoor and Whiteside . . . Hopegill Head and Sand Hill fill the gap between them.
The cattle are outdoors for the summer . . . sometimes "watch where you are placing your feet" has never been so true.
Looking up the length of Crummock Water, with the crags of Rannerdale Knotts over the water and Great Gable in the far distance.
The Iron Stone.
This rock stands clear of the shore. I'm not sure whether it is a rock outcrop or a huge boulder that crashed from the slopes of Mellbreak
in millennia past. Either way, it marks the edge of deeper water, knee deep this side, sloping away quickly into the depths on the other.
Dylan decides just to paddle . . . so Harry and I join him in the water.
We half float / half swim to the stone, the water depth hardly deep enough for anything but breaststroke, but on the other side it was deep enough to dive in.
Clambering onto the stone was easier at the lower end and even Dylan ventures out when Harry and I disappeared around the back of the rock.
Shaken but not towelled . . . we continue on . . . drying in the sun as we go.
Ahead is Low Ling Crag with its raised beach (tombolo) of pebbles.
The boys on the rock.
Behind us is High Ling Crag . . . as the water sparkled in the afternoon sunshine.
The view back down the lake, with Low Fell in the distance . . . we thought about another swim,
but decided against it as the beach was just about to be invaded by a large group of people who had walked around from Buttermere.
Looking south as we made our way north.
In some circles you could demand a fortune for art like this !
The "installation" was purely an old iron fencepost cast away on its side in the shallow water.
The two square plates are the foot of the post and support bar, these are normally dug deep into the ground and never seen.
Such a lovely afternoon that I stop to look back once again.
Passing the hawthorn tree that featured earlier on our way to the beach.
Harry taking time out to enjoy the view too.
The fence has been repaired recently and looks a lot better than the broken posts and scrap fence wire of late.
The fallen oak on the beach has gradually decayed over the years
and was the last picture of today's walk before I returned home.
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On Sunday Hilton was in the area and together we took a stroll from Maggie's Bridge up into the Loweswater fells.
It is summer in the valley and the sheep of High Nook Farm are out on the high tops.
The hay meadows have been allowed to grow uncut and the wild flowers have flourished.
Ann and Hilton enjoy the peace and calm of High Nook Tarn, set in a corner the Loweswater Fells, high above the farm.
You can just see Harry (or is it Dylan) by the sparkling water.
Our walk continues around the "Coffin Road" and we returned home through Holme Woods.
The last view before we entered the woods, was of Scotland and the Solway Plain.
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Technical note: Pictures taken with my Samsung Galaxy 3 Mini mobile phone.
Resized in Photoshop, and built up on a Dreamweaver web builder.
This site best viewed with . . . something to record the scene when you don't want to carry a big camera (didn't it do well !)
Previous walk - 4th July 2015 - Water Aid - 24 Peaks Event
A previous time up here - 20th February 2006 Low Ling Crag on Crummock Water
Next walk - 11th July 2015 - Seafarer's 24 Peaks Challenge 2015