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" Ennerdale Lake with Peter, Ian and Nicky "
Date & start time: Saturday 3rd June 2017, 2.30 pm start.
Location of Start : Bowness Knott car park, Ennerdale, Cumbria, Uk ( NY 109 154 )
Places visited : Bowness Knott car park to the old Anglers Hotel and back.
Walk details : 3 miles, negligible feet of ascent, 2 hours.
Highest point : Bowness car park at the start.
Walked with : Peter, Ian, Nicky, Ann and our dogs, Baz, Harry and Dylan.
Weather : Sunshine and shadows but shirt sleeves all the way.
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A planned walk with Ian and Nicky was augmented when Peter (now able to travel over in his beloved Land Rover )
joined us on a walk alongside Ennerdale Lake, along to the Old Anglers Hotel site and back.
We 'Gather' for a cup of tea afterwards in Ennerdale Bridge before Ian and Nicky head back to Seascale.
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First a few local photos from this week . . .
Sunday and its "Cream Teas at the Hall" in aid of local funds. Pat and Mike were able to come over and partake of the fayre.
We took a table outside in the sun at the event which was well attended by both locals and visitors.
There were a few places indoors . . . but on a day like today outside was the place to be . . . and the tea and cakes followed shortly afterwards.
Our red squirrel was a frequent visitor to our garden.
From the colour of his coat, I think we've seen two separate squirrels this week.
He's enjoyed a fallen monkey nut . . .
. . . and climbs back up to see what else is on the menu.
A female chaffinch picks away at the crumbs dislodged from the main bird table.
(If it works for you) . . . hold your cursor over the picture . . . to see the action.
Both myself and the dogs were in the garden for both visitors . . . Dylan hardly raised an eyebrow.
Hold your cursor over the picture again . . . to see what I mean.
On Wednesday Dee and John came over to Loweswater
and we enjoyed a short, circular walk from Maggie's bridge.
No great plans to take photos . . . but it was a lovely day
and John and Ann seemed to be sitting so peacefully, enjoying watching Dee playing with the dogs.
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Now to the Saturday walk . . .
Peter Burgess is back up in the Lakes
and after a recent trip to London to fetch his beloved Landrover he was able to join us for lunch and a walk today.
We head over to Ennerdale in style.
There we meet up with Nicky and Ian.
A walk to the old hotel site was decided upon.
We set off across the promontory of Bowness walking across to meet the lakeside path.
Straight away we got a fine view of the high fells of Pillar, Steeple and Haycock
across the other side of the lake.
From the picnic table we can look across to Anglers Crag and the pinnacles on Crag Fell.
The path continues on around the headland, reasonably close to the water.
Back up on the path and we can take in the wider view.
Occasionally, as we walk along, the tree cover joins above our head.
. . . but soon we are down at lake for the level part of the walk around the lake.
Chance to have a little extra exercise on the gravel beach.
Dylan has enjoyed a swim as he chased sticks and stones thrown into the deeper water.
Harry, though less agile, is still just as keen.
We met and had a chat to two friends . . . Chris and Rosemary.
They live locally and we've known them since our Voluntary Warden days.
We walk the beach where the Gill Beck enters the lake.
Someone has built four banks of stone across the stream . . . reason unknown.
A newly repaired fence allows the gate to work properly once again.
It was damaged and cast aside when we visited this area in March.
The open ground and the remnants of a jetty mark the site of the old Anglers Hotel.
The seat has a memorial plaque to the final owners of the hotel.
You can't see it . . . as we are sitting on it !
Check out the pictures from our March visit . . . a link is posted at the bottom of this page.
No-one has cut the grass in the old hotel garden for a long while.
Time to be heading back . . .
We retrace our steps but use the bridge over Gill Beck this time.
Lovely sunshine reflecting through the stems of the Cow Parsley.
Brighter sun reflecting off the lake surface once again.
We take a short-cut up the bridleway past Bowness Cottage.
This has the bonus of not repeating the more rocky path around the headland.
Just the short walk back to the car now.
If we're quick we can make it down to Ennerdale Bridge for some post-walk refreshment at The Gather
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Despite being just a few minutes before they closed, they were happy to serve us with tea and cakes . . . much appreciated.
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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 . . . the nice people at "The Gather".
Previous walk - 25th May 2017 - Loweswater Farmers Trip 2017
A previous time up here - 9th March 2017 - Sunny Ennerdale Lake (Interesting to note the difference in the vegetation)
Next walk - 10th/12th June 2017 - A busy 10th June Weekend