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Date & start time:      4th April 2020. 3pm start.

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

Places visited :          Harry's Pool and Low Park.

Walk details :              2.5 mls, 375 ft of ascent, just over an hour.

Highest point :           Being able to walk this route from home.

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

Weather :                      Overcast but dry.

Time for a walk and we head out to give the dogs and ourselves a little exercise.

Ann was sorry to have missed the peregrines on my recent walk so she joins me on more or less the same route, hoping for another sighting.

Maybe we will see them, maybe not,  Either way it's a great local walk on a fine day.

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Wainwright's "Negative Signpost"

located on the triangle of grass outside the Kirkstile Inn.




The road left takes you to Low Park,

the one to the right will take us past the empty beer garden

and on towards Kirkhead Farm



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The Park Beck is running low due to the recent dry weather.

The farm and the track to Mellbreak can be seen heading off into the distance.

The walls have been repaired in recent weeks.
A brief view of Loweswater through an old field opening.

Where the rough stepping stones on the path to Hen Comb cross Mosedale Beck is "Harry's Pool".

It's the small triangular pool of deep water, a favourite outing for our old dog Harry and now our current two, Dylan and Dougal.

Ann relaxes overlooking the pool . . .
. . . as the dogs swim and chase pine cones we collected on the way here.

Capturing a moment in time.

The pool was once the mill pond of a water leat for Bargate Farm's water mill.

There are thoughts of a new mini-hydro scheme utilising the same drop in height  below here, but it is still in the 'thinking' stage.

The problems seem to be accessibility, access to the grid and the local fish ecology.

If they do generate green power using the water I sincerely hope they don't mess about with the pool itself either.

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A charcoal burner's hut in the forest (?) as we head on up the track that lead along the Mosedale valley.

I think it is more likely to be a children's den, but it is a well built one.

Along the track to the high point and the view of Starling Dodd . . . then we turn and retrace out steps slightly.

Darling Fell and Low Fell.

We'll take a right and head around the back of the woods on the next part of our walk.

I saw the peregrines recently flying under the crags on this end of Mellbreak.

We kept an eye out today and thought we possible saw one, but it was too high to be confident of a true sighting.

That wasn't a charcoal burner's hut but this was a charcoal burning site.

The flat area on the right, covered in winter leaves, is an excavated area about five metres in diameter

where they would have burnt local wood in an earth-covered mound, smouldered carefully to produce the valuable fuel.

Our woodland track takes us down towards Low Park

with lovely views of Crummock Water and Grasmoor along the way.

" New Born "

We were a bit worried as one was active and the other flat out, head down, not moving and further away from its mother.

Upon careful investigation the lamb was okay, it stood up from its rather awkward position and slowly re-joined its mum.


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Dougal returns to tell us that the small pull-in

next to Low Park Bridge has also sprouted

some arboreal obstructions to visitor parking ,

just like the ones we passed

at the rough parking area close to the Kirkstile .



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It was just a short walk now from Low Park

across the fields to home and the end of the walk.


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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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