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" Low Fell's Matterhorn Rock "
Date & start time: 6th September 2020. 3 pm start.
Location of Start : By the red phone box, Loweswater, Cumbria, Uk. ( NY 143 211 )
Places visited : Foulsyke, Matterhorn Rock, Lonesome Pine, Pottergill, back via Whinny Ridding.
Walk details : 3 mls, 650 ft of ascent, 1 hour 45 mins.
Highest point : Matterhorn Rock, 1000 ft above sea level.
Walked with : Myself and the dogs, Dylan and Dougal.
Weather : Sunshine and blue skies, excellent visibility.
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On one of my daily walks last week I ventured down to Lanthwaite Woods to avoid the worst of the weather.
On the way back up the woodland track to the car park I found the dogs playing with a new friend.
A chance meeting with 'Dave the retriever' on a wet walk in the woods last week resulted in this misty photo of the three dogs together.
"Dave" is two year old, the same age as Dougal . . . here's to our next chance meeting . . . they certainly enjoyed this one.
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Next day the weather changed and the sun came out, so I thought the two dogs and I would go and climb the Matterhorn.
No need for ice axe and crampons as, like Grey Friars Fell in the southern Lakes, Low Fell also boasts a rock pinnacle for explorers to climb upon.
Off towards Foulsyke, the photo of the footpath sign reflecting the weather which has changed the grey skies to blue
and the season which has changed the summer flowers on the hawthorn to bright autumnal berries.
Grasmoor through the field gate.
. . . and over the wall to its neighbours, Whiteside and Dodd.
A fine oak tree graces the next field as Scale Hill comes into view.
Ahead is Low Fell with Foulsyke standing next to the top road.
The best views are not always ahead . . . remember to look behind you occasionally !
The dogs wait at the gate, as the stile alongside has become overgrown with vegetation through lack of use.
The path will take us across to Whinny Ridding Woods.
The two black ponies that we used to meet up by the pine tree seem to be living in this lower paddock now.
The patch of ground next to the woods has developed into a natural flower meadow
with dandelions and small cow parsley like flowers.
Above the fell wall now and looking across to the High Nook Valley.
Floutern Cop hides in the shadows to the left . . . and your imagination might see the Loweswater Pheasant flying in across the face of Carling Knott.
Also using that wonderful imagination you can see the mighty Matterhorn Rock on the fellside above us.
It also looks a little like the "howitzer rock" on the summit on Helm Crag near Grasmere, from this direction at least.
I traverse under the southern end of Low Fell heading along the Darling Fell path
and as the dogs and I climb up we get closer to the scree that flanks some of the steeper parts of the fell.
First up, even without prompting . . . Dylan.
He sits long enough for me to walk round to include the view looking up the Buttermere Valley.
With a little encouragement Dougal finds space on the rock, but Dylan wasn't budging an inch . . . sibling rivalry at work !
Had I taken this photo a few weeks earlier it would have made the 2021 Loweswatercam Calendar
Have I told you it is already printed and now on sale from all good web sites . . . especially this one.
Looking northwest to that un-named cairn on the side of Darling Fell that I visited a few weeks ago.
Look beyond and you can just make out the Scottish coast across the Solway Firth.
The path skirts around the side of the fell and leads to the Lonesome Pine.
Below, Oak Bank Farm and Corn How Farms look almost connected
but they are separated by the River Cocker flowing down the Lorton Valley, hidden in the ribbon of trees.
The view all the way to Great Gable from under the ancient branches.
Building work at Oak Bank is well under way and the owners are making significant changes.
The plan is to renovate the stone outbuildings then remove the newer barns to provide garden space.
In practice they haven't got that far as the previous photo was an computer-generated impression. This is the current state of play !
If you are in the market for one of the houses or barn conversions then give Mitchells Estate Agents a call now
as the builder will customise the finishing touches of your chosen cottage to suit your particular needs.
My walk continues along the path to Pottergill, the old farm buildings are hidden in the trees below.
However I take the diagonal path from here back down into Whinny Riding Woods and pass on visiting the old ruins today.
The woodland path curves round and exits the wood just across the fields from the houses at Foulsyke and Looking Stead.
Rounding the circle at the gate which is where I came in.
Dougal is pleased to see old friends again and is remarkably un-phased by the horse.
Actually by the two horses . . . the other was lurking in the shadows.
With no sheep in this field today, the gate is open and there's no other barrier to a nice cup of tea.
A lovely day and a slightly longer walk enjoyed as a result.
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Technical note: Pictures taken with my Panasonic Lumix Gx8 Camera.
Resized in Photoshop, and built up on a Dreamweaver web builder.
This site best viewed with . . . a calendar with your favourite mountain views !!!
Previous walk - 30th August 2020 - Jon's Seat and Darling Fell
A previous visit to another Matterhorn Rock - Sat 12th Sept 2009 Coniston Old Man via Grey Friar
Next walk - 12th September 2020 - Troutdale and The Bowder Stone