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" A Walk in the Dry Sunshine 2 "

Date & start time:    Saturday 20th January 2018. 2.15 pm.

Location of Start :   Cinderdale car park, Crummock, Cumbria, Uk. ( NY 143 211 )

Places visited :         Lanthwaite Green, Hause Point and back to Cinderdale for a walk.

Walk details :             2 miles, 50 feet of ascent, 1 hour 20 mins.

High point :                The weather and the views.

Walked with :             Ann and our one dog, Dylan.    (Harry's at home resting).

Weather :                    Sunshine and blue skies, with a few high clouds to the west.

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After lunch, with Harry fed, watered and walked we took the car a short distance up the valley to Cinderdale.

In fact we went further but retraced our steps to stay in the sunshine, for a walk by the side of Crummock lake.

With the water on one side there's always plenty of views.

A brief stop at Lanthwaite Green to look back at Blake Fell and Carling Knott under snow.

From the same spot, Whiteside is living up to its name.

A rather stand-back view on maximum wide angle to appreciate the face of Grasmoor just a short distance away.

Thinking there may still have been some sun on the lower slopes of Rannerdale Knotts or Buttermere Village for a sunny walk

we drove on around the headland and enjoyed closer views of the top of the valley.

There wasn't . . . but that didn't stop our enjoyment of the view of the high fells.

The shadow had already spread half way up High Snockrigg

That's the summit of Robinson behind.

The beach and field below Wood House . . . with Haystacks (but no Great Gable)

and the mist shrouded summits of the High Stile Ridge.

Turning, we re-traced our steps on our car journey back around Hause Point.

Grasmoor likewise was partially covered in cloud . . . but the cloud is reasonably fast moving and always changing.

Geese on the lake and a dash of cloud on Low Fell at the foot of Crummock.

The geese were to raft up later on and then flew on in a noisy 'V' formation down the lake and away down Lorton Valley

Our friends at Corn How Farm mentioned them particularly as they flew noisily overhead . . . returning to the lake a short while later.

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Suitably parked at Cinderdale car park

 

we cross the road and head through the gate

 

taking the path that heads down to the lakeside.

 

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That's Whiteless Pike summit . . . its name would become more relevant as the sun melts the snow over the next few days.

Grasmoor and the (very demanding) Red Gill valley climb directly up to the summit.

Everyone we know who has climbed it says they wouldn't do it again, even in summer !

A winter tree silhouetted in front of the lake . . .
. . . but a change of angle shows the colours of this Ash quite clearly.

These are the same two trees.

Clip-clop over the rickety bridge . . .
. . . even now there's a hint of yellow flower on this gorse, .

The lower footpath takes us to the shingle beach but can become impassable when the lake is at flood level.

Lovely sunshine at this point but the next small headland is in the shade, cast by the bulk of Mellbreak opposite.

A noticeable drop in temperature . . . but no reason why we shouldn't stop for a short while and enjoy the views.

Looking down the lake, the Loweswater Fells have more cloud cover now.

. . . but for a short time the summit triangle of Red Pike is standing clear.

Calm airs . . . nice reflections.
An old stump (left) and here the shark at "Shark Bay"

Now you see it . . . now you don't.

Red Pike and in fact the whole of the High Stile Ridge is lost to the cloud once more.

We reach the Lanthwaite stream just short of the boathouse . . .
. . . and turn to start our return trip to the car.

Down in Shark Bay a lady artist is recording the scene, taking more time but a lot more talent than I to record the view.

The fine weather mist swirls around the top of Grasmoor too.

One minute clouded . . . the next minute clear.

We take the higher path on the way back which takes us up towards the road.

Name that National Trust sign . . .
. . . the little known Fletcher Field.

Most significant feature . . . one of two 'post-medieval' sheepfolds.  

Its condition suggests a rebuild in the late 20th century according to the National Trust / Oxford Archaeology's Historic Landscape Survey.

 

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Nearly back . . . and a view of Whiteless Pike again

 

its sunlit snow slope really catching the eye.

 

Through the same gate as we used on the way out

 

and back to the car for the short trip home.

 

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We've mentioned that Harry has not been well . . . but is recovering . . . again !

He's looking slightly frail here . . . but that cuddly top in his mouth means he wants to play !

Someone does not want to be left out.

He's using  some of his lives up . . . but he's well past nine of them and still going !

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23rd January is Dylan's Fourth Birthday.

It coincides with our friend's dog Harvey who's 13th birthday is the same day . . . joint celebrations this year.

A big thank you to Angie and David and to Sherran and Bill for the cards.

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Post Script:

The road outside the red phone box will be partially blocked today (Jan 23rd) which is a slight hassle for visitors

but it means Loweswater is one step nearer to receiving fibre-broadband !

No promises about when we'll be fibre-connected as they've yet to lay the cable . . . but it must be getting closer now.

It may not make a difference to your viewing but will certainly speed up loading the web site at this end . . . great progress !

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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 . . . snow on the tops . . . and a fibre broadband box close at hand.

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