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" The Boathouse and the Cutter "

Date & start time:      Easter Monday 13th April 2020.   6.15 pm for the walk .

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

Places visited :          Scale Hill Bridge, plus the riverside walk to Crummock and the boathouse.

Walk details :              2.6 mls, 180 ft of ascent, 1 hours 30 mins.

Highest point :           The weather and the wildlife.

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

Weather :                    Clear blue skies but a cool easterly breeze, calm in the woods.

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Another glorious sunny day but there's an edge to the temperature as a cool easterly blows across the valley. 

After a leisurely day we head out for a walk late in the afternoon, our late start time being confused

by the bright sunshine and the springtime clock recently going forward an hour.

No problem breakfast was late, lunch was late so supper can be a moveable feast.

Ann and I set off along the road to Scale Hill Bridge.

It is so quiet we don't have the dogs on a lead, though they are not allowed to stray far due to the occasional fast but silent cyclist.

Foulsyke House and Low Fell on one side of the road . . .
. . . Rannerdale and Great Gable on the other.

Closer at hand the hedgerow is starting to sprout new life in the sunshine.

There are fresh leaves on this sycamore growing in the roadside hedge.

The River Cocker at Scale Hill Bridge.

The trees of Lanthwaite Woods hide the clear summit of Brackenthwaite Hows above.

Over the back we can just see the top of Whiteside and, to the right, Grasmoor.

A tall cherry of some description in flower near the car park.
Looking down, the river currents comb the water weeds into line.

Looking at the river on the other side as it disappears beneath us under the bridge.

Due to the lack of rain recently the water level is really low.  Normally those shingle banks are hidden under water.

Ann's passing the logs that block the use of the car park.
A 'U' shaped indentation is an old lead mine addit.

The reason the Scale Hill car park exists here is that it was built on an old spoil heap.

The addit dates to the mid-19th century and the lead content of the mine waste never really allowed vegetation to grow.

When tourism increased and a car park was suggested, this space was still barren and just needed a little leveling and the car park was born.

[ The main Loweswater Mines shafts were located at Netherclose and Moss Cottage, a few hundred yards away on the other side of the river.]

Cut timber line the track, ready to be hauled away once life returns to normal.

We take the riverside track in preference to continuing on the forest track.

The low river level is apparent once more by the exposed tree roots and more shingle banks.

The first swimming pool (Hunter Davies's old pool) has a sandy beach today.

The river level must be a foot below normal to expose that much coarse river sand.

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Parallel to the river and just down from the beach

is a three foot wide channel.

It looks quite natural but then it seems strange that it should exist

on the inside of a bend.


The possible explanation could be found in

Sheila Richardson and Pat Evan's book on "Loweswater".

This channel was probably where a fish box was placed.

It held recently caught fish that were destined

for the Scale Hill Hotel, and a flow of water

which normally fills this channel

would have kept the fish alive and fresh

ready for the table.


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Lorna Thompson in Western Australia told us how she used to swim in the River Cocker in her youth.

In her honour, I present the probable pool she talked about,

complete with another youthful swimmer currently enjoying the water.

Our riverside path sometimes leaves the water side to take a more direct line through the woods.

An old measuring weir about a hundred yards downstream of the lake.

Normally it should work with low river flows, but time has eroded the far bank and the water escapes around the side.

" Twa ducks "

Two mallard, part of a group of four, swim over to the other bank as we pass by.

To the main weir at the foot of Crummock Water.

The overflows and eel matting is nearly dry, the low water level means most of the water is flowing via the fish ladder to the right.

The blue of the lake caught this photographer's eye, the boathouse adding the nice central detail.

Dougal runs along the extended beach, dry shod . . . normally the water is right up to the trees.

We take advantage of the bench, to sit and enjoy the view up the lake to Red Pike and the High Stile Ridge.

Quiet times at the beach . . . I've thrown Dougal's tennis ball in the other direction !

The tall pine deserves a tall photo.
Off to the boathouse on the elevated track alongside the lake.

It is a lovely afternoon

and when we are sheltered from the cool breeze the temperature climbs nicely.

Time to entertain the children . . . I mean dogs . . . so the tennis ball flies high in the air.

The retriever sets off to retrieve.

Nearly there . . .
. . . the monster from the deep emerges with the ball.

I give Dylan a chance by restraining Dougal by the collar.

Success as Dylan has chance to swim for the ball.

I let go the coiled spring and Dougal flies off in pursuit.

After a bit of gentle inter- doggy persuasion, it is usually Dougal who makes landfall with the ball in his mouth !

Dylan doesn't seem to mind, he's so laid back in that respect.

The Crummock and Buttermere Valleys are well supplied with memorial seats

and we take advantage of another one for a few minutes . . . well time is plentiful at present so why not.

Thanks to the family of GW and BW.

Back through the mixed woodland using the forest track this time.

It's just a short walk back along the road towards home now, passing an early flowering cherry at Jenkin House.

Gillerthwaite and the sheep means we are nearly home.

The young lambs are about three weeks old now and getting very stocky.

This one must be a week of so younger by the look of it.

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At the head of the page I called this set of photos

"The Boathouse and the Cutter"

thinking you might pick up on a nautical theme

and spend time looking for a sailing boat on the lake.


No chance . . . the cutter we found

was a set of three pastry cutters,

discarded in the hedgerow

still with shop Sellotape holding them together.

Often we pick up small bits of litter thrown from cars or bikes

but a set of pastry cutters ?


Answers as to what they were doing there please,

written on the back of a £10 note and posted to us at the website

or by email of course if getting out is a problem at present.


If you're local and they are yours just say . . . we've kept them safe.


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Stop Press:

Maybe they're just waiting for something to "flour"

or possible that rare sighting of a very young  3 loaf cleaver which is supposed to be lucky.

Regards,  Richard Elder

Thanks Richard . . . a man after my own heart . . . RmH

As we reached home there was a slight scuffle from the hedge

and a badger disturbed by our arrival ran out and set off up the road.

He squeezed through our five barred gate and headed off down the garden.

Sadly he was a bit lethargic and didn't look too fit, but it is difficult to catch and treat wild animals like this.

The fact that he was out in daylight meant that he was probably too unwell to find enough food during the night time hours.

I think he's the same one I saw in the garden a week or ten days ago.

Some apple I left out by the bird table that night had gone by the morning so something big must have ate it . . . maybe he returned later.

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After that rather sad looking badger yesterday evening,

Tuesday morning we had another, all together more active visitor.

I suddenly looked out and from the hedge a red squirrel had arrived.

A quick grab of the camera from the other room and he / she was recorded enjoying a hazel nut from our bird table.

The box he is sitting next to holds more of the same.
He ran across the garden and sat on the handrail to eat the next one.

A seat with a view . . . but also close to the hedge which offers a quick exit corridor if necessary.

He came and went three or four times and was with us for ten minutes or so . . . delightful.

Above him, this rather striking male blackbird enjoying the smaller seed and cereals on the table.

A lovely deep black plumage, orange beak and a bright yellow eye surround.

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So it has been a busy two days, lots of jobs done and plenty of fine weather to be outdoors doing them.

You've also sent us photos of your recent days . . .

Dear Roger and Ann

Had a quick look at my emails this morning and saw yours,

what a lovely start to the day for us,

looking at your garden and the mountains, thank you.

Your planting puts us to shame.

We're walking locally too,

often on the same route in East Bridgford.


Thought you might like to see

how this field of cereal had progressed

in the last five days.

It might be a barley crop

but we’re not sure.


Hilary and David.

Dear Roger & Ann

We share the comments of others who have emailed you - it's lovely to see all your pictures, even though you may not be venturing as far afield as usual. We live across the Bay in Lancashire so have been regular visitors to Cumbria - currently enjoying it from our armchairs!  

Our "daily exercise" is rather limited but we do have the promenade and
when the tide is out the beach is splendid - no difficulty with social distancing as the attached photo shows!

Keep up the good work, regards,   Bob & Jane at Morecambe.

Hi Roger and Ann,

Hope you had a good Easter despite the situation. Loving looking at your photos Roger and seeing your handy work in the  greenhouse. The new soil bed inside looks amazing and all well planted up. We are getting lots of local walks, biking and gardening done.

Michael has obtained a license to manufacture hand sanitiser which is obviously in short demand so if you know of anyone that may require any please let us know. Small or big orders can be arranged and posted out. We have various sizes 50-100-200-500 ml. Stay safe and make use of this lovely weather we are experiencing.

Susan and Michael.


Hi Ann & Roger.   Thanks for your email and the lovely photos. 

We are very impressed with your greenhouse improvements and will be interested to see the results in due course. We managed to obtain a delivery of seed and potting compost at the weekend, which was a relief as more was needed for potting on quickly growing seedlings. It’s still exceptionally dry here at present with the last significant rain as long ago as 18th March.  Incidentally we are located in Malton not Headingley although we were both living in Headingley when we met!      Cheers, Chris & Linda

Thanks Chris and Linda . . . apologies for the confusion, the previous web page has been suitably updated . . . RmH


Hi Ann and Roger.

Stunning Photos thanks.

Gives us our Lakeland fix in these frustrating times.

We didn't book Rose Cottage this year,

missing it already.


Stay safe and well.

Brian, Heather and Jojo (pictured).

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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 . . .a second tennis ball for Dylan . . . butt then he's not over-bothered !

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