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" Jenna's Visit - 1 - First Walks "
Date & start time: Saturday/Sunday 26/27th October 2019.
Location of Start : By the red phone box, Loweswater, Cumbria, Uk. ( NY 143 211 )
Places visited : Crummock Water one day and Brackenthwaite Hows the next.
Walk details : Two local walks, each of an hour or more.
Highest point : To be able to share the sunshine.
Walked with : Jenna, Ann and our dogs, Dylan and Dougal.
Weather : The sunshine changing from good to really impressive.
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Our youngest daughter arrived in Loweswater at the start of her school's half term holiday (she's a teacher by the way).
She's here for a few days depending on the weather . . . I think she'll be here for longer than she planed as the forecast seems to be excellent.
Her first afternoon and a walk to the lake to enjoy the scenery after her car journey across from her home.
We walked down the gated road and arrived at the Water Board's Pump house.
The grass around the building is always beautifully cut and is in better condition than some of my garden !
Rich hawthorn berries adorn a bush down by the lake.
The shadow has already started to creep up the fells.
Perhaps we should have a few pointers on Grasmoor so that we can tell the time like a sun dial ?
Dougal is not interested in old technology . . . he's more interested into logging-on to a plaything at the beach.
We extend the walk around to the main Sandy Yat beach, passing these colourful oak leaves on the way.
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Next morning we (three) involve ourselves in a little retail therapy during the morning
and manage another classic little walk in the afternoon.
We parked just short of Lanthwaite Green, on the road to Buttermere.
Any further up the valley and we would be walking in the shade, but here we can still enjoy the afternoon sun for a while longer.
The flanks of Whiteside are swathed in the autumnal ruddy browns of the dying bracken.
The woodland below the in-take wall has its own medley of colours too.
Back over the road and we take the path down the side of Lanthwaite Green Farm.
The new Lanthwaite House is taking full advantage of the sunshine.
However, the old cottage alongside the Buttermere Road is already in shadow.
On through the back of the wood . . . so the path is still in shade.
Following the new arrows onto Brackenthwaite Hows / Lanthwaite Hill or Scale Hill as you may know it.
This was the view through the final gate that leads onto the Hows.
Once clear of the woods we were back into the sunshine,
and with the clocks going back tonight, this is the brightest it would be at 5pm for quite some time.
A photo from Jenna's camera phone of Crummock Water and the Buttermere Valley, showing the view up the valley.
Time for a complete spin around for you, before the sun finally goes.
The sun often catches the summit of Rannerdale before finally setting for the day.
This is because Floutern Pass, the valley between Mellbreak and Starling Dodd,
allows the sun to shine through for just that little bit longer.
Let's hear it for a lesser known view, this is Graystones from Scale Hill
The white houses are the old farm at Swinside and the gated road out of the valley towards Whinlatter follows along behind the top wall.
Time to head back as we return to the Lanthwaite Green bridleway and walk back towards the road.
Strange looking sheep in this field !
There were several pigmy goats . . .
What was missing of course was the direct sunlight as, due to the rotation of the earth,
the western horizon had risen up and obscured the heavenly body . . . and we don't even feel dizzy !
The sun is still there but someone else will be enjoying its warmth and light for the next twelve hours or so, thirteen with the extra hour.
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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 . . . the opportunity to catch an afternoon sunset from a great vantage point.
Previous walk - 21st October - Back Home in Loweswater
A previous time up here - 14th February 2011 Scale Hill and Snowdrops
Next walk - 28th October - Hard Knott with Jenna