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" Crummock Lake with Becca and Alex "

Date & start time:    Thursday 18th August 2016.

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

Places visited :        Scale Hill Bridge, Lanthwaite Woods, and back via the gated road.

Walk details :            2.25 mile local walk, a few downs and ups, time about an hour or so.

Highest point :         Lunch and time to chat.

Walked with :           Becca, Alex, Izzy, Ann and our dogs, Harry and Dylan.

Weather :                  Overcast but warm.

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A sociable week continues as Becca and Alex join us for lunch and a short local walk. 

They are up on holiday from London and have their daughter Izzy with them,

plus an imminent second child, so long walks are not on the agenda today.

Lunch in the garden . . . warm enough even if the sun went in just as we press the shutter !

The sunshade and iced water are the clue . . . perhaps the hot courgette soup was there to balance out the temperatures ?

Izzy was great fun, full of beans and enjoying her time playing with the big dogs.

This is her in the dog's toy basket by the back door.

After lunch we took a stroll down the road to Lanthwaite Woods and up river to the lake.

Beyond the car park is the hut measuring the river level . . .
. . . today they've got a new and unexplained bit of hardware !

We walked slowly up alongside the river enjoying the woodland path through the trees till we emerged at Crummock Water.

While we were enjoying the view, the dogs were enjoying playing in the water with several children and another retriever.

It saves us having to throw sticks to keep them amused . . . but it is time to move on and they don't want to stop.

Harry was having so much fun that he was not responding to calls or even the whistle, but then he is a little hard of hearing now.

I had to go over with the lead and fetch him back !

Over the bridge . . . Alex points out a lady with a camera, waiting on the other side.

Smile !

We extend the walk around to the Pump House.

Across the lake the reflections of Rannerdale Knotts are disturbed by the slightest of breezes.

Looking back at the Pump House (with the fence) and across to the boathouse on the other side.

Despite the haziness the High Stile Ridge and mountains at the head of the valley are still impressive.

Relaxing on the logs by the small beach.

On the way back an unknown plant in the hedgerow . . .
. . . and a huge bracket fungus on an old ash trunk.

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Ann and I repeated the walk this week so I have included a few extra photos here.

The air is clearer and the colours of the fells stand out in the late afternoon light.

A patch of high cloud has been coming and going from the summit of Great Gable for most of the afternoon.

The lakeside wall up from the Pump House, a stronger breeze ruffles the surface of the lake today.

The large pines and fallen logs where Alex was sitting a few days ago.

A strong gale at New Year 1999 caused several of them to fall and they have provided good seating ever since.

A final goodbye to the lake for this walk . . . " till we meet again some sunny day".

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Technical note: Pictures taken with either Ann's Canon Sureshot SX220, or my mobile phone.

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

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