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" Darling Fell Traverse - Hilton and Vanessa "

Date & start time:    Saturday/Sunday  26/27th May 2018.  

Location of Start :   Road-side, Mosser road end, Loweswater, Cumbria, Uk. ( NY 143 211 )

Places visited :         Saturday local, Sunday Crabtree Beck, the Pine and home via Foulsyke.

Sunday Walk :          2.2 miles, 600 feet of ascent (700ft descent) 2 hours 15 mins.

Highest point :          The section Crabtree Beck to the pine tree.

Walked with :             Hilton and Vanessa, Ann and the dogs, Roxy and Dylan. (Harry at home).

Weather :                    Sunshine and blue skies . . . it's turning out to be a hot summer.

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The weather this early summer continues to impress . . . and our guests can take full advantage of it.

A local walk to Crummock Water and a traverse of slopes of Darling Fell fill the weekend for our friends Hilton and Vanessa.

Let's get the priorities sorted . . .

Saturday lunch after a lazy morning and despite a quick passing cloud or two, it was warm enough to eat al-fresco.

Hilton, Ann and Vanessa as we set off for Crummock Water in lovely sunshine.

The hawthorn trees are in full bloom this week and are a real delight.

Muncaster House across the buttercup fields of the Loweswater meadows.

Old slabs of slate form an ancient fence line on the lower road to Low Park.

Dylan plays with a log on the beach where the breeze brought any sticks we threw back straight to shore

He just waited for them to float back in order to avoid swimming out of his depth.

Vanessa wanted to visit 'a gate by the lake' which Hilton had photographed on a previous visit.

Identification was  reasonably easy . . . as was the walk to reach it.

Ann records the successful find.

We climbed the path up and back to High Park that starts from the other side of the gate.

We extended the walk further for a good reason . . . by continuing on the rising path through Flass Woods.

Lambs next to the Kirkhead track.
Park Beck flowing down towards Crummock
. . . but we flowed towards the beer garden !
As the evening closed there were spectacular clouds over Hen Comb . . .
. . . and beautiful visibility up the valley to Great Gable.

Worth a second, a more zoomed photo from the garden.

The forecast for tomorrow morning is more sunshine . . . and less cloud !

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On Sunday we tried to find a walk that Hilton hadn't done and that would be suitable for all.

The answer was a Darling Fell low traverse from Mosser Road end to the pine tree.

Mosser Road . . . unfit for cars . . . fit for walkers.
Late bluebells still flowering in the cooler woods.

The old Mosser tarmac road is now a green track and soon we're out into the sunshine once again.

A wide view of Loweswater as we walk up the track.

Behind the lake are the slopes of Burnbank Fell, with Carling Knott to the left.

Loweswater framed by the tree next to "Jon's Seat".

We left the main track here and turned onto the old quarry road.
Almost gone but now restored . . . the heart on Darling Fell.

With the larger lens . . . a view across the water to the beach where Holme Beck reaches the lake.

From the top of the rise, a view across to Hudson Place Farm.

Carling Knott and sight of the Loweswater Pheasant in Holme Woods.

Can't see it ? . . . hold your cursor over the picture reveal all.

The view ahead of all the high fells is revealed too . . .

The path across the face of Darling Fell levels off then dips toward Crabtree Beck, hidden at present by the trees ahead.

Time to cool off for Dylan . . .
. . . so did Roxy but I don't have a photo !

Crabtree Beck as it crosses through into the woods.

A water leat that starts just above the smaller light green tree used to feed water all the way round to Loweswater lead mine

The channel can still be traced for quarter of a mile or so but only has water in it for the first few hundred yards nowadays.

Dylan knows how to catch the photographer's eye.

It you budge over there's room for two in the photo.

The path continues on, around the base of the southern viewpoint of Low Fell.

The old stile and dog gate here have seen better days . . . but then so has the fence, so crossing is easy.

Time to get all earth-minded and hug a tree.

I move a little further on to get you a wider view.

Click here or on the photo above for a larger annotated panorama.

Ann sits and contemplates a favourite view . . .

With the dry weather the water level in the neighbour's lake is falling significantly.

Below is the cottage, Gillerthwaite with the arched front door and the four square Vicarage closest to us.

The Vicarage with Gable and Haystacks.
Tall pines on the Wood End driveway.
Mellbreak and an impending cool drink.

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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 . . . Hilton's car to go and fetch mine after this fine linear walk.

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