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" Loweswater Bothy with Jo "

Date & start time:    Monday 10th December, 2018.    2.40 pm start.

Location of Start :   Maggie's Bridge car park, Loweswater, Cumbria, Uk. ( NY 135 210 )

Places visited :         Holme Wood and the Bothy.

Walk details :             2.2 miles, negligible feet of ascent, 1 hour 20 mins.

Highest point :          The reflections on the lake.

Walked with :             Jo, Ann and the dogs, Amber, Dylan and Dougal.

Weather :                    Overcast but dry.

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Jo is in Loweswater to join in the start of our valley festivities, a Loweswater Ladies Christmas buffet at The Fish Hotel in Buttermere tonight.

Before then, the dogs need a walk and prompted by our previous High Nook Bridge thoughts, we headed over to Loweswater and Holme Woods.

It may be an oft frequented walk for us but Jo hasn't walked to the Bothy for ages.

Morning light brightens the clouds that cap the top of early morning Mellbreak.

[ Had I been wide awake and quicker with the camera, the sun was brighter and lit up the clouds even more.]

Jo arrived late morning and after a sociable lunch we were ready for a walk . . . the morning clouds had lifted from the fells.

There's just a trace clinging to the top of Carling Knott.

The top soil removed to lay a new track near Maggie's Bridge has not been wasted.

It has been re-cycled into a field bank along the line of an old hedgerow across the meadow field.

We follow the normal Watergate Farm track up towards the lake.

No access to the lake yet . . . stay on the track . . . no problem you'll get there.

One of the young beech trees on the grassy area next to the water.

Lovely reflections of Crabtree Beck Cottage
. . . of the far end of the lake
. . . and of the Thrushbank houses.

Mark at the farm also has a new puppy.

At seven and a half weeks this little New Zealand Huntaway is still small enough to explore where he shouldn't.

To be fair he pushed himself through in order to try to meet our big puppy !

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Into Holme Woods through the boundary gate.

( Please note that boats are no longer available to hire )

The view from the seat where the boats used to be moored.

Through the trees . . . a raft of Mallard.

 . . . with more moving gently out into the centre of the lake.

" Keeping your feet dry" crossing the minor stream.

Has Ann grown or Jo got smaller since we last met ?

Just after the little bridge is the old bothy alongside the shoreline.

Now for hire as a camping barn, available for holiday let through the National Trust.

It is a bit basic but full of character.

Outside it has a fine little bench for those not wanting to sit on the beach . . .

. . . or sit on the grass.

Reflections of a fourth option . . . the swing seat.
On now through Holme Woods past a large damaged tree.
Holme Beck as it reaches the lake . . .
. . . is a great attraction for Dylan and Dougal.

The lake level is up slightly and the gravel where the stream enters the lake is almost under water.

Is that a special smile for the camera ?     . . . . Noooo !

Hold your cursor over the picture to see her reply.

The mixed nature of the Holme Woods . . .
is also evident in the bark and lichen . . .
Some trees are hosts of a different kind.

A new temporary hut in the woods . . . one up on the usual stick shelter.

It has wicker walls and a waterproof top covering a couple of woodland benches.

Seasons and colours move on, a beech tree just five weeks ago . . .
. . .  the same tree as seen on our visit today.

Less leaves and there's even a fallen branch of oak from a recent gale in this latest picture.

We followed the circular "miles without stiles" track through the woods

and ended back at the bothy for another, slightly darker photo.

Leaving the woods by the old boat moorings.

A final hint of colour in the last light of the afternoon sky.

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A final candlelight photo by our big fireplace . . . no point in lighting the fire as we're out this evening at The Fish

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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 walk - 7th December - Seriously Playing with Water

A previous time up here - 26th April 2014 - Loweswater Bothy with all four Dogs

Next walk - 22nd December - Christmas in Cockermouth

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