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" Loweswater Walk after Storm Ciara "

Date & start time:      12th February 2020.   3 pm start.

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

Places visited :          Low Park, the Pump House, the Sluice and back via Lanthwaite Woods.

Walk details :              2.1 mls, not a great deal of ascent, 1 hours 20 mins.

Highest point :           How nature returns quickly back to normal.

Walked with :              Ann and our dogs, Dylan and Dougal.

Weather :                      Overcast and a cold wind, getting warmer as the walk progressed.

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Storm Ciara has left us with a covering of snow on the high fells.

Today was forecasted as the best for a few days so we head out for a local walk as Dylan is still on "light duties".

I part company from Ann who returns home the shorter way, as I take Dougal on for an extra walk to try and tire him out (no chance).

The view up the valley from the garden this afternoon.

A good covering of snow and no doubt ice on the high fells in this very cold weather.

Dougal enjoying playing with a log along the way.
The Kirkstile Inn with a warm fire burning as usual.
   
Photo done he's off, showing a clean pair of heels.
Down to the road and the old slate slab fence.

We part company today as Ann takes Dylan on a shorter circular route home. I continue on down towards the lake

to see how the water levels have changed now the storm has passed.

Grasmoor and (slightly white) Whiteless Pike across Crummock Water.

Great Gable and Green Gable, with Haystacks almost mirroring the shape in front of them.

It is cold down here . . . up there it must be well sub-zero especially considering the wind-chill factor.

Sand Hill and the bridge seen with an old slate gate post . . .
. . . and with the lakeside foot bridge over Park Beck.

The wind is easing slightly and the temperature is rising.

Either that or I'm getting warmer due to throwing the tennis ball for Dougal that he found in the long grass a few minutes ago.

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Down at the foot of the lake.

 

 

Note how the rough weather of the last few days

has stripped the old concrete skim off the wall.

 

Not the end of the world as previous storms

have knocked quite a lot of it from the top

at various points over the years. 

The wall beneath is still sound.

 

 

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The footbridge is now high and dry so today my 'round walk' is once again a possibility.

In fact the water level is back to normal after just three days.

The High Stile Ridge alongside Crummock Water looks very cold too.

Down at the beach the water level has dropped significantly and the stone is once again above the water.

The river has reverted to its normal horseshoe route on the big bend in the woods.

The culvert that was gushing with brown water and leaves has been swept clean by the water

and the flow has reduced to a mere trickle today.

The monitoring station down by the car park is clear of the water once again.

So too are the base of the pillars of Scale Hill Bridge.

Just pockets of water remain on the fields alongside the river.

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One casualty was the Church Yew which lost some branches . . .
. . . but a final glimpse of sunshine on Red Pike lifts the spirits.

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

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

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