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" Snow fell on Low Fell "
Date & start time: 15th December 2019, mid-morning.
Location of Start : By the red phone box, Loweswater, Cumbria, Uk. ( NY 143 211 )
Places visited : Foulsyke, Whinny Ridding and the Lonesome Pine.
Walk details : 1.6 mls, 450 ft of ascent, 55 mins.
Highest point : The Lonesome Pine, 800ft above sea level.
Walked with : Myself and the dogs, Dylan and Dougal.
Weather : Sunshine and blue skies, occasionally a few clouds to shade the walk .
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After breakfast I took the opportunity for a quick local walk up to the pine tree on Low Fell.
The cold morning had given way to sunshine and blue skies and the valley was looking pristine in its covering of snow.
It gave the dogs an exciting extra walk today.
This was the view after sunrise, but before the sun had cleared the band of cloud over the higher fells.
Suddenly the colours changes and with the addition of the sun's rays the whole emphasis of the scene changed from blue to yellow.
Time to put on some boots and go for that walk.
Rose Cottage and the impressive Carling Knott bathed in sunshine.
Grasmoor still has a summit plume of cloud which hides its topmost slopes.
The view from the first gate in the field opposite the cottage.
Over the wall . . . a wider picture taking in Whiteside as well.
Ahead is Low Fell and our objective, the pine tree half way up the slope of Low Fell, above Foulsyke House.
Winter Oak . . . devoid of leaves now and missing an odd branch that has fallen in recent poor weather.
The retaining bank has been breached, the water no longer held back and the pond now holds large trees instead.
Climbing up the field towards the house, I look back and appreciate the first uninterrupted view of the lake.
Crummock Water can be seen in white, not that it is frozen, it is just reflecting the fells and the sky.
Another grand house, once the Scale Hill Hotel, a famous hostelry for early Lakeland visitors.
Their cobbled yard and rooms now serve a self-catering clientele, still in that classic style.
Light - shade - light
as a small cloud passes over the sun and casts a shadow that moves quickly across the fell.
A bigger cloud now casting a wider shadow . . . I'll follow the path.
No weather worries as the brightness starts to reappear.
We pass a flock of sheep, six of which would make a lovely Christmas postcard in horizontal format.
They were heading for the edge of the woodland.
There's less grass there but at least what there is they can see more clearly.
Back into sunshine now as we climb the last furlong to our destination.
The view down into the three valleys of Loweswater.
Another slightly moody interlude as the sunshine is hidden for a moment.
Dougal at the tree . . . the leaves of which have protected the grass below from the overnight fall of snow.
Chance to stop and look around.
A wider view looking up the length of Crummock Water and on into the Buttermere Valley.
The Swinside Ridge climbing up onto Whiteside.
The path in the foreground continues around the fell towards the old Pottergill Farm at the far end of the woods.
A wider panorama taken from a higher vantage point . . . the two dogs are happy to wait by the tree while I take the picture.
After all, Dougal has found a branch to play with.
One last photo as the view is so nice today.
This time I put the tree on the other side of the photo . . . handy to have a moveable tree ;o)
Into the sun as we make our way back down.
The sheep move away and hide the other side of a few winter beech.
Back down towards Loweswater, the white painted vicarage hardly noticeable across the fields today.
Another gate and another framed view of Grasmoor.
The texture of the crags on all the fells seems to be highlighted by the snow.
Back to the path across the last few fields.
More sheep and more snowy mountains . . . must stop taking so many pictures !
Okay one last one as I return to home.
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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 . . . two coloured dogs not white ones.
Previous walk - 15th December - Pre-Christmas Snow around the Cottage
A previous time up here - November 2016 - Autumn and First Snow
Next walk - 15th December - Lanthwaite High Wood