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" Autumn walks and a Sunset "
Date & start time: 23rd, 30th October and 1st November 2016.
Location of Start : Three walks including two from Wythop Mill, Cumbria, Uk ( NY 178 296 )
Places visited : Ling Fell, Mosser Road and Sale Fell.
Walk details : Three shorter walks of an hour and a quarter or more
Highest point : The early sunsets following the clocks going back.
Walked with : Dee and John (Ling Fell), Ann and our dogs, Harry and Dylan.
Weather : Autumnal, cool and occasionally damp but fortunately no strong winds .
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Three walks out and about the extended local area.
The quiet weather has allowed most of the leaves to stay on the trees and provide us
with a display of autumnal colours ... just a little more sun would show them at their best.
Dee and John were visiting and we headed up Ling Fell above the Wythop Beck Valley.
We take the track across the side of the fell and look back at the lovely colours of Fisher Wood and Sale Fell.
Harry climbs steadily up towards the summit . . . leaving Ann and Dee far behind !
Hang on . . . no-one told him to stop.
Brrr . . . it might look fine but there's a cold breeze blowing across the tops.
The sun did penetrate the high cloud and give shafts of sunlight but those autumn colours were illusive today.
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Closer to home and Ann caught this photo of the oak tree in the field above the cottage in Loweswater.
This next walk took Ann and I back over to Loweswater and to the Mosser Road.
Down by the lakeside to catch the view across to Carling Knott and Burnbank.
Zooming in on the lakeside trees of Holme Wood . . . the colours have matured nicely.
The Cumbria Magazine has a very similar cover photo this month . . . but they featured Thirlmere Woods.
By the way . . . did you spot Ann in the November edition . . . "Drunk in charge of a Packhorse" !
The bracken has changed colour too
as the Swaledales search for that extra blade of grass in between the dying fronds.
The lighter green of the larch, the darker of the firs
and the contrasting almost yellow of the large but unidentified deciduous tree (possibly a sycamore).
Through a gap in the beech trees we look across to Holme Woods.
The oak behind Ann on Jon's chair is holding its leaves but the ash has lost most of its cover in the last week.
It has been a good year for berries . . . here the holly on the side of Darling Fell.
A lovely splash of colour above Askhill Farm . . . with Hudson Place farm across the valley.
Looking down across Myresyke at the lake once again.
Looking across at Holme Wood but again, a little sunshine would be helpful to draw out the colours.
Retracing our steps . . . back down Mosser Road.
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An afternoon walk on Sale Fell starts with a drive down the Lorton Valley.
Grasmoor through the old gate to the meadow.
The 'shop' sign is long redundant and now our nearest local store is in Lorton Village
Our afternoon walk up Sale Fell starts from the roadside close to St Margaret Church.
Lovely afternoon sun on Binsey and the low lying Dubwath at the northern end of Bassenthwaite Lake.
The memorial seat on the track near the church with a backdrop of strong, late afternoon sun.
We took a circular route around and up the fell so moved round into the shadows.
I think the cloud has gone behind a bank of clouds which hasn't helped the temperature either.
The Lothwaite Woods above Routenbeck houses . . . looking down on Bass Lake.
Sunshine in the valley as we curve around the back of the fell . . . missed the sunshine on the trees again !
Not today Dylan . . . we'll pass on Lothwaite Heights in favour of a direct climb to the summit now.
The light is starting to fade as sunset approaches . . . but the view is still a nice one as we head up to the top.
Sheep have little interest in the view it seems.
Oh . . . I don't know . . . maybe I'm wrong ?
Ann requests foreground interest as we near the top.
Crown of glory . . . for the summiteer(s).
The summit of Sale Fell is devoid of a cairn due to the soft shaley nature of the underlying rock.
Still . . . it gives them full scope to sit where they like for their photo.
Time to be heading down . . . as the evening light fades on the Solway coast.
Looking across to Scotland as Ann makes her way across to the next small rise.
We pause as the sun finally sets through the band of distant western cloud on the horizon.
Dropping lower into the cloud.
Almost gone . . .
The camera compensates for colour and brightness as we head down the track.
The last hint of golden glow on Dylan's coat as we turn the corner and head back down to the seat.
Very different conditions as we sit and enjoy the last of the light.
The sun sets now at about 4.30 pm.
Sunset for us but not for everyone . . . their sunlight continues.
As they are heading west at a fair rate of knotts I imagine they'll be in the sun for many hours yet.
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Technical note: Pictures taken with either Ann's new Panasonic Lumix TZ60, or my Panasonic Lumix Gx8a Compact System Camera.
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Previous walk - 19th October 2016 - Knock Murton with Trevor and Gill
A previous time up here - 9th August 2014 - Sale Fell and Lothwaite
Next walk - 2nd November 2016 - Rannerdale and a Duck