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" Gareth and Rhian's Visit - Holme Force, Langstrath & local "

Date & start time: Friday / Sunday 24th - 26th October 2015.

Location of Start : Three local walks, over three days, from three local start points.

Places visited : Loweswater, Langstrath and Crummock Water.

Walk details :   Each about an hour or two at the most

Highest point : The Autumn colours in the valleys.

Walked with : Gareth (our son) Rhian (his girlfriend) Ann and our dogs, Harry and Dylan.

Weather : On the turn now after a period of calm weather.

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Our son and his girlfriend are up in the Lakes and we enjoy several local walks

which take advantage of the weather windows and the autumn colours.

Three days, three local walks, three valleys, three different types of weather.

Family photo - this time with Ann behind the camera.

The trees are on the turn and the colours begin to shine through.

How long it will last is anybody's guess . . . but the forecasts are not good as there are storms on the way.

However today is reasonable as we park at Maggie's Bridge and walk across the meadows.

This is Darling Fell and Low Fell seen across our local lake.

We walk up the forest paths through the woods

The bracken is also turning colour, matching the autumn leaves on the trees.

A rarely seen bridge as you normally walk across the top of it

to look at the waterfalls of Holme Wood which are behind the camera.

Holme Force - the lower section of the waterfall.
The top falls can just be seen high in the photo.

There are a lot of watery clouds in the sky but also a few strong bursts of sunshine cutting through them.

Back at the swing by Loweswater Bothy.

Dylan contemplates how to use the rope seat . . . with little intellectual outcome it must be said.

It had rained briefly on us as we arrived at the beach and now the sun catches the rain as it moves away into the distance.

A wider view of the rainbow with Grasmoor behind, Mellbreak on the right.

Wider still, incorporating the whole arc of the rainbow.

Whilst I was taking photos . . .

Gareth was enjoying himself on the swing !

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The following day it was rather damp and so we delayed our walk in the hope of better weather.

Parking at the phone box in Stonethwaite, we crossed over the river bridge

and walked up the northern side of Stonethwaite Beck, past this iconic sheepfold.

The rocky crag at the apparent head of the valley is of course Eagle Crag.

Here Greenup Gill enters from the left, the Langstrath Beck coming in from the right, and we cross the first of the bridges.

Rhian, Ann and Gareth on Smithymire Bridge.
The first of the pools on the Langstrath river.

A small plaque on the bridge remembers

the life of Gordon Hallworth who died January 1939

despite the efforts of his two climbing colleagues.


It featured in the Cumbria Magazine in September 2015.

Beautiful Autumn colours alongside Langstrath Beck . . . but a little sun would be nice.

The bridge over the beck slightly further up the valley.

The bracken is matching the colours of the trees close to Johnny House.

Back down the other side of the valley under this fine old oak tree.

You'll find it on the 1:25k map under the name 'Alisongrass Hoghouse'.
Before we return home . . .

. . . we must just call in and study the old photos of Honister for Rhian's benefit.

Checking out the warm and dry hotel was thirsty work . . . funny that !

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The following afternoon the weather was totally different.

It was Gareth and my turn to walk the dogs as the two ladies were busy.

We walked out towards Low Ling Crag

The morning cloud had moved away and the sunshine lights up the fells beautifully.

We turn for home . . . with the sun losing its warmth, the wind was winning out

and the temperature was dropping to the point where the log fire was looking a very attractive alternative option.

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Technical note: Pictures taken with either Ann's Canon Sureshot SX220, my Canon 1100D Digital SLR or even the phone (last four)

Resized in Photoshop, and built up on a Dreamweaver web builder.

This site best viewed with . . . the trees turning colour for Autumn

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