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" Sunshine at Crummock - with Dee & John "

Date & start time:    Saturday 24th March, 2018.  4.30 pm start. (British summer time)

Location of Start :    By the red phone box, Loweswater, Cumbria, Uk. ( NY 143 211 )

Places visited :         Gated road, Pump House, Sandy Yat, Low Park and home.

Walk details :             2.4 miles, negligible feet of ascent, 1 hour 20 mins.

Walked with :             Dee and John, Ann and our dogs, Harry and Dylan.

Weather :                    Sunshine and blue skies, warm in the sunshine, cool in the shade.

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The weather, although still cool for springtime, is nevertheless showing signs of improvement

with a period of sunshine and clear skies that is making walking, or just being outdoors, a delight.

Dee and John call over after lunch and we enjoys a local walk followed by a very sociable evening.

Morning mist is slowly lifting as the sunshine brings warmth to the valley.

It was a beautiful morning . . . and by lunchtime the visibility had cleared and the high cloud has eased.

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Dee and John have a few days in Keswick so came over this afternoon for a walk.

With Harry in tow we stayed local . . . after all, why travel further when it is a lovely place to go for a walk !

The local farmer has new lambs in the field next door to our cottage, the first we've seen close to home.

The sheep were lambed at his farm lower down the valley and all were transferred here today as they are now a little more sturdy.

We walk across the fields from Gillerthwaite, heading for the lake (seen here in blue !)

The skies have cleared nicely and the sunshine is really lighting up the surroundings.

There are still pockets of snow on the High Stile Ridge . . . no doubt it is much colder up there.

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We head along the lanes and down the "gated road".


We call it that because the Water Board track to the pump house

has so many gates, almost one at every field boundary

despite it being an enclosed lane most of the way.


If you see stones like this on on the left on your walks

they are evidence of old gateways.


This one not only has ancient holes to thread wooden spars through,

it also has two metal hinge pins to hold a more modern gate system.

The gate that used to be here is long gone now

so only seven other ones to open and close !

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On a walk we've done before, it is the unexpected that catches the eye.

Here wool that has been snagged on the barbed wire fence almost shines as it catches the afternoon sunshine.

The track takes us down to the lake and the Pump House.

Through the gap we can see a larger family group at the boathouse on the other side of the lake.

The clocks have gone forward and it's already Easter school holidays for some parts of the country.

We walk out towards the Peel along the lakeside path.

In the foreground are the bushes that held the icicles just a week ago.

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Now, alongside the path

tucked away amongst the stones and young saplings

were these lovely yellow flowers.


Perhaps not the best photo

but can anyone identify the flower type ?


It appears to have a very thick, fleshy stem

and very small, brighter green leaves

but I may be wrong.



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The view up the lake in the afternoon light is stunning.

The distant view through the gap between Great Gable and Kirk Fell are in fact the double summits of Broad Crag and Ill Crag near Scafell Pike.

Strangely they are not listed as separate Wainwright tops but they do appear in the Fell and Rock list of 250 Lakeland summits.

The light is catching the trees and making them shine.

Harry enjoys the water and is also catching the light.

Unfortunately he's partly in the shadow so the top of his head appears darker.

Now he's moved slightly but his body is in shadow . . . still looking great for his age.

We continue on around the headland . . .  Great Gable again, seen through the trees included in the foreground.

A fly fisherman stands in the shallows near the beach.

[ For those not into this pastime. . . he's not actually 'fishing for flies' but using artificial ones as bait for fish    ;o) ]

The trick is to cast the line and land the fly on the water as if it were real, leaving it settle after the third or fourth cast.

Draw the line back . . .
Cast it forward . . .
. . . repeat a few times.

Now see if the fish

are convinced of its authenticity



. . . that is if there are any fish about !

He's not catching anything . . . . but it's a nice view all the same.
Meanwhile . . . we head back for home via Park Beck.

Into the shadow cast by Carling Knott and the Loweswater Fells.

The western face of Low Fell is still in catching the sunlight.

A slight chill in the air as we walk from Low Park back towards Gillerthwaite.

Back to the lambs once again.

They move a discrete distance away and look back on ourselves and the dogs as we walk past.

On the move . . . the same group with Godferhead Farm in the background.

A chill in the air . . . the smoke from a recently lit, warming fire at the Kirkstile . . .

it makes you want to get back indoors and put the kettle on !

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Hi Roger, Beautiful lake scenery on that early spring day.

The yellow flower is a coltsfoot (tussilago farfara) :-)

Enjoyed the pictures form your link at the bottom of the page - Harry the puppy !

Helmut in Austria.


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Technical note: Pictures taken with my Panasonic Lumix Gx8 Camera.

Resized in Photoshop, and built up on a Dreamweaver web builder.

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