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" The Bothy Walk after the Snow "

Date & start time:      Friday 2nd March, 2018.  A 2.30 pm start.

Location of Start :    Maggie's Bridge car park, Loweswater, Cumbria, Uk.( NY 134 210 )

Places visited :         Watergate farm, Loweswater (lake), the Bothy and back.

Walk details :             1.75 miles, negligible feet of ascent,  50 mins walking slowly with Harry.

Highest point :          It's virtually a level walk.

Walked with :             Myself and our dogs, Harry and Dylan.

Weather :                    Sunshine and blue skies. Still quite cold in the shade.

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The sunshine came out after lunch and the  temperature, whilst still cold, was hovering just above freezing. 

The fields are clearing and after a JCB snow plough went through from Mosser to Lorton, the roads through Loweswater are clear once again.

Time for a walk with both dogs . . . where shall we go ?

We take a short drive up past the Village Hall.

The snowplough has been through and left a few larger piles of snow on the sides.

At the top of the rise we turned left and droped down to Maggie's Bridge car park.

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Leaving the car park, two very old tree stumps frame a picture of the sheep grazing on the meadows.

Looking back and the drama of the fells is immediately obvious.

The wind has blown much of the snow away and what is left is rapidly thawing in the sunshine.

That's Darling Fell and Low Fell opposite.

Our two darlings . . . sorry for getting all romantic and soppy !

Crossing the final field before the farm as we approach the lake.

Ice on the lakeside grasses is six inches above the current water level . . . the lake level must have dropped overnight.

The houses at Thrushbank are in sunshine . . . .
. . . we enter the shadows as we near the woods.
Sadly, no boat hire available any more (Health and Safety)
I walk along the track through the woods towards the Bothy.

No-one in residence today . . . not a great surprise.

The seat by the lake is free to use for as long as you like.

A wider panorama from in front of the Bothy . . . looking across to Whiteside, Grasmoor, Whiteless Pike and Mellbreak.

No point is stopping for too long in this cooler location . . . so we head back.

Frozen spray hanging off the logs at the water's edge.

The wind must have been causing small waves which froze on the twigs and branches.

Some beautiful shapes and designs.

Back to the gate as we leave the woods.

The impressive majesty of Grasmoor again as I walk back across the meadows.

They're waiting for the gate to be opened as they can't cross the cattle grid.

In the next field the sheep are on the move . . . not due to us though.

The farmer and his two dogs are encouraging them onto fresh pastures.

Back at the Village Hall on the way back . . . the weather is perhaps even more sunny than earlier.

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A quick walk up the field as the shadows were lengthening . . .

Grasmoor has a little more cloud streaming off the summit now.

Mellbreak's outline . . .

. . . and the sheep feeder, well used this weather.

Time to be heading back to the cottage and catch up on a few other jobs before the daylight goes.

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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 . . .Sunshine and calm airs after the recent cold wind.

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