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" Rannerdale - First walk back -"

Date & start time: Friday  6th May 2016,  4 pm start.

Location of Start : Cinderdale car park, Crummock Water, Cumbria, Uk ( NY 163 194 )

Places visited : Rannerdale Valley, out and back.

Walk details :    1.5 mls,  250 feet of ascent, 40  mins.

Highest point : The footbridge (fb) on the Squat Beck.

Walked with : Myself and the dogs, Harry and Dylan.

Weather : Warm and sunny but air quality is low so rather hazy.

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First walk back (of any consequence) was a trip over to Rannerdale Valley

to see how the iconic bluebells have coped with the winter floods and the recent cold spring weather. 

Today it has been sunny and warm, a real contrast in valley weather in the last seven days.

Let's face it, it was snowing last weekend while we were away, so I'm not expecting miracles.

Parking at Cinderdale and waking along under Grasmoor.
A pink cherry in full flower in the grounds of Rannerdale Cottage

It has warmed nicely in recent days but with the southern breezes

has come a drop in air quality

so our wider views are being compromised by a strong haze.


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I chose today's walk because a number of people

have inquired about the state of the bluebells

and have asked us about the best time to see them.


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The answer is here in the pictures.

The flowers have started but it will be a while

before the flowers reach their peak.


The daffodils in the enclosure around the tree are still in good fettle, as is the gorse higher up on the slope.

The first of the iconic bluebells are just starting to show through.

The triangular peak is Whiteless Pike . . . it should be called purple-less Pike today.

The gorse is in full bloom here . . . as the dogs and I walk the track towards the Squat Beck footbridge.

Perhaps today's most intense patch of colour is just above the track.

On the other side of the valley the slopes of Rannerdale haven't even started growing their crop of flowers yet,

but Harry and Dylan approve of the warmer weather and enjoy a dip in the beck.

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Dogs walked . . . and duty done in a most delightful way

I returned from whence I came !

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STOP PRESS:    The hazy weather has resulted in a fine red sunset over Low Fell tonight as the light started to fade.

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Technical note: Pictures taken with Ann's Canon Sureshot SX220.

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

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Previous walk - 23rd - 30th April 2016 - West Wales and Swansea Holiday

A previous time up here - 6th May (same date as today but 2012) - Rannerdale Bluebells 2012

Next event - 9th May 2016 - The Red Phone Box at Loweswater