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" The Pine and the Sheepfold "

Date & start time:      15th April 2020.   3.45 pm start.

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

Places visited :          Foulsyke, The Lonesome Pine and the sheepfold.

Walk details :              1.9 mls, 700 ft of ascent, 1 hour 5 mins.

Highest point :           Above the sheepfold, 1000ft -  307m.

Walked with :              Myself and the dogs, Dylan and Dougal.

Weather :                    Sunshine and blue skies, slight haze and a slight breeze.

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Three weeks of self-isolation completed, mostly sane and coping due to the fine weather.

We've got the food cupboards sorted more or less, with a cash and carry collection from Caterite (they normally serve the pubs and restaurants)

and a first time delivery from Sainsburys this week.  Lorton Shop has been useful too for fresh milk, eggs and local veg.

A big thank you also to Oakhurst Garden Centre who have re-opened on a delivery-only basis

and supplied the compost for the greenhouse bed, some plants and extra seeds.

Meanwhile back at home I've taken the chance to sweep out the shed and take out the saw bench to cut a few logs.

[ If you haven't seen this type of saw horse before it is brilliant, as the chainsaw locks in place and then hinges to cut the logs

No carrying the weight of the saw and no bending down to hold and cut logs.]

Consequently, after chopping and stacking, we're ready for next winter and it is only April !

The only problem with sweeping out the shed is that you find tins of paint in lost corners, to remind you of jobs you've not yet done.

The shed needed painting again as it hasn't been done for a few years . . . first to move all the items stacked around the outside.

Pressure wash to remove any greenery.
Apply paint carefully as it was an already part-used tin.

What with the logs, the painting and the sunshine . . . I'm in need of a good cup of tea (again).

The other job which fell into place whilst in the shed was checking the outside freezer for last year's garden produce,

in order to make sure we finish it all before this year's fruit and veg come on-line.

These are the freezer containers from the last few weeks to go into temporary storage. Hopefully they will be re-filled in the coming months.

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On Wednesday afternoon I took Dylan and Dougal on a walk to the Lone Pine

just visible above the woods in the left hand picture.

We followed the water board arrow . . .
. . . past a hole in the ground where they repaired a burst pipe a while back.

The large manhole cover in the field is where the Foulsyke supply pipe leaves the main Ennerdale Water Pipeline that flows through the valley.

The hole in the turf . . . well they could have made a better job of the re-filling !

We drop down through the middle gate, past an old fish pond.
There's the pipe again, this time exposed by the water flow.

Above the wall is a very old artificial pond but the water has broken the retaining wall and nature has reclaimed the triangular pool.

It features as a walled enclosure on the map but is not named.  Only local word-of-mouth gives a clue to its use as a fish pond for the "Grand House".

At the top of the next field, in front of that grand house, we reach the top road.

Two cyclists stop during their local exercise regime to admire the view.

A note on the chair says

"By all means use the seat but it is not being cleaned by the owners, so be aware that others use it too"

I talked to our neighbour over the wall when I went over to Looking Stead, my eye caught by their lovely Cherry Tree.

With no local events at present, it is nice to stop and chat once in a while and keep in touch with neighbours.

On the track around the back of Foulsyke and heading for the tree . . .

I know there are lots of them, but I'm looking at the one up on the fell side.

The southern end of the Low Fell ridge, the classic viewpoint up the Buttermere Valley is from the top.

Walking up above Whinny Ridding Wood and we meet up with the ponies . . . or should I say they come over and met up with us.

No polo sweets to give them this time, but for the first time ever one of them tries a dog-treat biscuit.

It went down well enough that they had a second.

Normally they are not fussed, but the dogs would have been had they known what I was giving away !

The classic Crummock Water and high fells view, as seen from above the woods.

Bright blue skies above the ancient pine tree . . .
. . . now with the added presence of my two walking partners.

That reminds me . . . Dougal lost that ball somewhere in the old winter bracken up here . . . we'll keep an eye out for it next time we're up.


Inspired by a recent email

from John Simmonds,

I climbed a little higher

to gain the wider view.


This took me about half way up the fellside, to the old round sheepfold hidden on a slight bluff.

The flat area on the steep-sided fell hardly shows from below

and you have to know it is there before you can find the stone structure.

Best viewed from a little further up still, where you get more of an idea of the perfectly round nature of the sheepfold.

I retraced my steps to take a panoramic picture from inside the fold.

Not sure it worked out too well as the wall has grassed over in places so the 360 degrees of stonework is not complete.

Still the view is nice, give it a try . . . click here or on the photo above for that 360 degree annotated panorama.

Back down towards the tree.
A view of the Vicarage with Haystacks and Great Gable behind.

We're 'out of the woods now' normally implying an easing of difficulties.

Today it just means we're back into the warm sunshine.

More tree planting in the small field alongside the Vicarage.
Stepping stones over what today is dried mud.

Rose Cottage and the main Quarry field plantation at the end of our walk.

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Following Richard Elder's comments

on the previous "Boathouse and Cutters" page

I went further to investigate the sighting.


Sure enough I found other examples of the 'flour'

this time in full bloom due to the spring sunshine.

It had beautiful fluted edges to the white petals

and a lovely dandelion-type pistil in the middle

of one of the mature rings.


On checking the flower book says

it should bloom on or about 1st April

but it has obviously been delayed

by the Covi-19 lock down.

An interesting find . . . thanks Richard.


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Finally two from the garden . . . first another "visitor" or should I say "resident" of the flower bed, a delightful field mouse.

Secondly in the same flower bed, some Muscari, commonly known as Grape Hyacinths.

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Hi Roger,

Very interested in lead mines, got loads of books and watch YouTube mine explorers.

Never realised that the NT car park was a spoil heap! How big a mine was it?

Brian D.

According to John Adams book the addit is supposed to run underneath the Scale Hill Hotel.

He considers that "highly unlikely", but it must go a fair way due to the extent of the waste material.

Ian Tyler's book describes it as a small trial mine, now filled with water and bottles . . . RmH

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Enjoy the virtual silence of Loweswater and at least you have the dogs for company.

Even here in Malton it is eerily quiet compared with normal times.

An added bonus is that we have already noticed an improvement in air quality due to the lack of traffic on nearby roads.

Cheers, Chris and Linda.

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Hello from Lock Down Leeds– my photos are of the drive to Hinsley Hall where my shop is found.

I wasn't surprised to hear today that the lock-down will go on for another 3 weeks - it’s strange how quickly it’s become normal.

I am now furloughed from work, so hopefully we will be covered wage-wise, but I wonder how quickly things will ‘bounce back’ once we reopen. I hope all my customers haven’t discovered the delights of online shopping!

Catherine W.

Oops . . . we have for food, but there are disadvantages.   At least we are not taking the potential business from you . . . RmH



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