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" Askill, Staveley and Low Ling Crag"
Date & start time: Wed 13th to Monday 17th July 2017.
Location of Start : Askill Farm road-end , Loweswater, Cumbria, Uk. ( NY 117 225 )
Places visited : Askill Farm round, Staveley in Sth Lakes and Low Ling Crag on Crummock.
Walk details : 1.1 miles(Thurs), 5.5 miles (Mon) and a drive through the Lakes in between.
Walked with : Ann and our dogs, Harry and Dylan, plus Peter and Barbara on Sunday.
Weather : A changeable couple of days with lovely sunshine over the weekend.
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A changeable week of weather with 'hot and humid' for a couple of days then clear and sunny.
Harry can manage the shorter walks but I venture to Low Ling Crag with Dylan in an attempt to tire him out . . . it didn't work !
In between we find ourselves travelling south for lunch at Wilf's in Staveley.
Wednesday 13th . . . A short Askill Round today
as we base our walk around a visit to the Grange Hotel at the far end of Loweswater, to see Lorna and Keith.
The house in the trees is Loweswater Hall . . . as opposed to Loweswater Village Hall . . . the difference is important.
The ruins of Spout House Farm, which was believed to be an old Inn called the Lamb and Ewe,
but my source for this, Sheila Richardson book "The Tales of Loweswater", says that little is known of this old building.
We walk up through the fields of Askill Farm on the public footpath which climbs to join the old Mosser Road.
I've photographed this old grass cutter before . . .
. . . but I think it was from this direction . . . with Hen Comb and Starling Dodd in the background.
In the fields alongside the lane the young lambs have grown so much that they are almost as large as their mums.
The recent fine weather has encouraged the local farmer to cut the hay.
After drying it and then raking into rows he is busy bailing it ready to store the crop for winter feed.
The newer squat bailers produce the large round bales of hay.
Ken finishing the last row of the field.
Sorry . . . the close up on the mobile phone isn't quite such good quality . . . but it's a nice tractor picture !
Time to gather the bales onto a trailer . . .
. . . before driving them away, eight at a time, for storage.
Lunch out on the rear decking . . . next to the weir on the River Kent side of town.
Ann, Peter and Barbara . . . and the dogs were very welcome too.
After an exhausting stroll back across the village . . . we just had to sit down for another afternoon cuppa.
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A leisurely day with just the phone as a camera . . . and the same went for Monday where I took Dylan for a longer walk.
I thought a trip out to Low Ling Crag would tire him out . . . no chance.
It was a beautiful blue sky day as I walked and jogged my way along the lake side.
Opposite were Whiteside and Grasmoor resplendent in the sunshine.
At the far end we had a dip in the lake, swimming off the crags and then returned the same way.
I had no towel but no matter . . . I was perfectly dry by the time we reached this point on the way back.
A final one to close . . . the view up Crummock Water from the gate onto Sandy Yat beach.
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Technical note: Pictures taken with either Ann's Panasonic Lumix TZ60, or my Samsung mobile phone.
Resized in Photoshop, and built up on a Dreamweaver web builder.
This site best viewed with . . . cheese toasty and mediterranean veg at Wilf's.
Previous walk - 14th July 2017 - A Confusing Walk at Gasgale
A previous time up here - 4th May 2017 - Staveley and Retson Scar
Next walk - 19th July 2017 - High Rigg with Trevor and Gill