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" Two local walks with Family and Friends "
Date & start time: Friday 7th August 2017, 4.15 pm.
Location of Start : Maggie's Bridge car park, Loweswater , Cumbria, Uk ( NY 135 210 )
Places visited : High Nook Farm, High Nook Tarn, Watergate and back.
Walk details : 2.5 miles, 500 feet of ascent, 1 hours 25 mins.
Highest point : High Nook Tarn, 725 ft - 223 m.
Walked with : Abi, Ann and our dogs, Harry and Dylan.
Weather : Sunshine and summer skies.
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A change of family as Catherine leaves and Paula and her son Tom come to stay and join daughter Abi.
Tom is on a four day D.of.E Gold expedition, walking from Windermere to Keswick via Pooley Bridge.
Paula is helping supervise the event so for the first two days days it is just Abi who stays with us here in Loweswater.
Today's walk starts at Maggie's Bridge car park.
The sunny weather continues and as Abi has never been up to the lake, we decided to walk to High Nook Tarn.
Harry's fitness seems to have improved and so this walk should be within his capability.
In this first photo we've already climbed up past High Nook Farm and are looking back down at the Lorton Valley.
We leave the track and strike up towards the base of Black Crag . . . and all of a sudden the hidden tarn appears.
Strangely the two large becks that flow into the valley both pass by without entering the lake
so the tarn is only topped up from the run-off water from the slopes of the crag behind.
Ann and Abi alongside the shallow tarn.
The brown nature of the water just at the edge is due to the dogs having swam past and disturbed the mud !
We drop down and re-gain the main track,
crossing both combined streams at the High Nook Beck foot bridge.
The secretive nature of the tarn is revealed here as it can't easily be seen when walking the Coffin Road.
Rather than extend the walk too far, we drop off the track once more
and follow a track alongside the wall towards a gate entering Holme Wood.
Fortunately the bracken is starting to die back and so this path is open once more.
It gives a nice view across the valley to Whiteside, Grasmoor and closer at hand, Mellbreak.
Ahead is Loweswater itself . . . the blue waters reflecting the lovely colour of the sky today.
On the far side are Darling Fell and Low Fell's southern top.
The path drops down to Watergate Farm and back across the meadows . . . offering us this view of Mellbreak once more.
From here it is a short walk across the three fields to Maggie's Bridge car park and then a short drive home.
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The second of the walks, again a popular local one, was to the boathouse on Crummock.
Paula was with us now that Tom had successfully completed his expedition.
He was at the cottage, languishing in a hot bath no doubt,
so when Sophie called round the rest of us combined forces for a walk to the beach.
There are several nice pools on the river as we walk upstream towards the lake.
Chance to meet up with other visitors and other visiting dogs.
Sophie breaks a stick in order to throw it for the dogs.
Watch out Abi . . . wet dog passing !
Fetch . . .
I'll fetch it . . .
A short time later and we had reached the beach by the pine tree.
The dogs never stop playing.
Harvey like Harry, represents the older contingent who are allowed a little rest once in a while.
He'll guard his tennis ball ready for the next kind person who will throw it into the lake for him . . . just give him a minute.
Looking up the lake to Rannerdale Knotts and the High Stile Ridge.
There are boats approaching.
Intrepid travellers from eastern lands.
They stop for their older paddlers to take a break . . . and the youngsters to play in the water.
By the time we reached the boathouse they had all taken to the water once more
and were paddling back up the lake.
Time to be heading back to make sure Roger hasn't eaten all the cake !
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Hold your cursor over the picture to see the tents in closer detail . . . they are just above the top stone of the cairn.
Thanks for sending the photo Christine . . . see you tomorrow, hope the weather holds . . . RmH.
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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.
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Previous event - 31st August 2017 - Harry's Pool and Crummock
A previous time up here - 17th July 2014 - Loweswater and High Nook
Next walk - 3rd September 2017 - The Loweswater Show 2017