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" Sandy Yat with Dee & John "
Date & start time: Sunday 9th July 2017, 5 pm.
Location of Start : Park Bridge, Loweswater, Cumbria, Uk. ( NY 144 205 )
Places visited : Crummock Water, Peel headland and the pebble beach under Mellbreak.
Walk details : 1.5 miles, negligible feet of ascent, about an hour.
Walked with : Dee and John, Ann and our dogs, Harry and Dylan.
Later: With Hunter for a meal at Joan's home at Foulsyke the following evening.
Weather : Overcast with high cloud and a burst of colour at sunset.
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No desire on anyone's part for a long walk today so it's a local stroll with friends down to Crummock Water.
To save Harry a lot of road walking we took the car the short distance to Park Bridge and set off from there.
After early morning drizzle, the weather cleared nicely in time for Dee and John's visit.
Our walk started later in the afternoon.
Ann with Dee and John, Harry and Dylan.
Harry is much improved but can't walk too far . . . a walk down to the lake fits the bill today.
The weather has cleared but there's still high cloud obscuring Great Gable in the distance.
Delicate harebells in the meadow, alongside the path to the lake.
Around the other side of the wall was a pair of digitalis . . . two foxgloves to us mere mortals.
The old building known as The Peel.
It is thought to be a medieval farmstead built on this raised headland,
which was itself thought to be a bronze age fort with walls, even a moat, off to the right.
A secondary bank to the right of the modern dry stone wall hints of a protective enclosure for the headland.
Ahead is the pebble beach, called by locals Sandy Yat . . . though I've yet to get sand between my toes when walking here.
Dylan gets cajoled into sitting on a rock for the photographer.
The stone is often a depth gauge for the lake level, sometimes it is covered, sometimes high and dry, depending on recent rainfall.
Suitably wet, Dylan and Harry join the us for a photo at the head of the "sandy" beach.
The Pump House on the edge of the lake is the take-off-tower for the public drinking water supply drawn from the lake.
A fine head of thistle, possibly the spear thistle beloved of the Scots.
The brambles are in flower, promising a reasonable crop of blackberries later in the year.
Back across the meadows, past the old tree stump we saw earlier.
Here the houses of High Park nestle under the steep slopes of Mellbreak and Flass Wood.
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The following evening we are entertained to dinner at Foulsyke House by Joan.
The fourth guest is in the area for the Lakeland Book of the Year Awards
Hunter is the founder of and one of the three judges of this prestigious annual competition.
Oops . . . I catch Joan mid-sentence by the look of it.
Thinking about it, why has Ann got two glasses of wine ?
As we relax after a lovely meal, the sun sets and casts a red hue onto the fells of Grasmoor and the Buttermere Valley.
Eat your heart out Ayres Rock.
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Technical note: Pictures taken with Ann's or Lorna's Panasonic Lumix TZ60 cameras (great minds think alike)
Resized in Photoshop, and built up on a Dreamweaver web builder.
This site best viewed with . . . a short walk back across the fields instead of having to drive.
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