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" Kendal Book Launch and a Staveley walk. "
Date & start time: Saturday 6th May 2017, most of the day.
Location of Start : Roadside at Barley Bridge, Staveley, Cumbria, Uk ( SD 470 988 ).
Places visited : Staveley, Kendal's castle Green Hotel, Plumgarth's (lunch), Reston Scar.
Walk details : 2.3 miles, 700ft of ascent, 1 hour 25 mins.
Highest point : Reston Scar (a Wainwright outlier) 828ft - 255m.
Walked with : Peter Burgess, Barbara, Ann and our dogs, Harry and Dylan.
Weather : Overcast and cooler in the southern Lakes.
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Peter Burgess is back in the Lakes and we travel over to Staveley to see him and his Mum, Barbara.
Peter joins us for the Saturday morning of Andy Beck's "Wainwrights in Colour" event in Kendal
A fine morning in Loweswater again
and the sky is full of lenticular clouds (like saucers) that have been a feature of recent weather.
We make an early start to get down to the other side of the Lakes . . .
We meet up with Peter and his mum Barbara Burgess at her house in Staveley.
We've known Peter since 2001 when he started the Online Fellwalking Club all those years ago.
He first produced the original paintings and mounted them in picture frames, each relating to single Wainwright mountains.
[ There are just a few of the 214 originals left if anybody wants one.]
[ All four photos courtesy of Andy's web site and FB page.]
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Afterwards we returned to Staveley
and Peter took us on a favourite walk of his, up onto Reston Scar which overlooks the town.
The River Kent as it flows quietly down towards the village.
Staveley, like our village of Lorton, lost its main road bridge in recent floods when this river was a torrent.
Apparently there will be a grand opening of a replacement bridge in a few weeks time.
A steep track and footpath leaves the road alongside this rather nice looking house called Hillside.
Why do some photos of steep hills make them look as if they are horizontal ?
Why is Peter walking backwards ? Why am I hiding behind a bush ? Why so many questions ?
The track ends at the last house and from there a good footpath leads on up the fell.
We seem to have the route marked with yellow flags as it is the weekend of the Kentmare Trail event
Looking back across the valley at Brunt Knott and the woodland cover of Spy Crag known as Craggy Plantation.
From this intermediate top on the southern end of Hugill Fell
we get a slightly hazy, long distance view of the high fells of the Coniston and Langdale area.
Swirl How on the left, Wrynose pass then Crinkles and Bowfell, Scafell and the Pike, Great End and Great Gable are all in view.
Before we move on . . . time to look around and enjoy the view of the Langdale Pikes.
The breeze seems colder than recent days due to the lack of strong sunshine.
At the northern end of Hugill Fell is the Williamson Monument, standing out like a beacon.
Behind it is a line of trees on the southern end of Sallows Fell, with a glimpse of Caudale Moor (Stoney Cove Pike) behind.
As we cross over to the summit of Reston Scar we are joining the route of the next set of runners.
The Green Team . . . sorry about the focus . . . the camera obvious supports the red team !
They head to the last summit . . . closely followed by Harry.
Round the final marker and it was downhill all the way now.
The summit marshall rang an alpine cow bell for everyone who passed.
They were on the last leg of the race now.
Some were a little more tired than others . . . but all were in good spirits.
The event was supported by the Kendal Mountain Rescue team
in the form of radio cover and first aid.
Our route now followed the same track as the challenge course . . . down towards Staveley.
Peter stands aside to let another competitor through.
Zooming in on a runner from Warrington in Cheshire, many miles to the south.
We also spotted several runners from the "St Bees Triers" . . . the team bringing the most western competitors to the event.
Time for a quick look around with the big lens.
The 'bus stop' type shelter in the centre is the Staveley railway station main reception and waiting room.
Across the way, in the direction of the music and drumming,
was the sports field from where the Lakeland Trial event was being run.
A lull between competitors and we follow on down the track.
The path emerged onto the road just opposite the weir . . . the runners went right through the houses, we went left up the road.
Peter ventured down to the river bank and turned to see Dylan, who had misjudged the depth and landed in the water with a big splash.
Lets hope he dries a bit before we get back to Barbara's house !
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Another welcome cup of tea and a quick look at Andy Beck's book for Peter and Barbara
and it was time to return home.
This morning the lenticular clouds half filled the sky . . . tonight it's blue skies, wall to wall.
It is a lovely end to the day.
I think they had less cloud and more sun than we enjoyed today as it looks like I need to water the garden again tonight.
All the outdoor jobs done as the sun sets behind Darling Fell.
It is nearly 9pm and there's still plenty of light in the sky . . . the evenings are really drawing out now.
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Technical note: Pictures taken with either Ann's Panasonic Lumix TZ60, or my Panasonic Lumix Gx8 Camera.
Resized in Photoshop, and built up on a Dreamweaver web builder.
This site best viewed with . . . old fellwalking friends reunited once again.
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