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" A Later Lad Hows Ascent "

Date & start time:      19th September 2020.  3 pm start.

Location of Start :     Cinderdale car park, Crummock, Cumbria, Uk. ( NY 163 194 )

Places visited :          An ascent of Lad Hows and back.

Walk details :              1.6 mls, 1000 ft of ascent, 50 mins (due to a faster descent).

Highest point :           Lad Hows summit, 1385 ft - 426m.

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

Weather :                      Sunshine, blue skies, no breeze, beautifully warm.

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Our daughter has been over for a few day.  As the weather was brilliant today she decided to delay her departure,

start early and climb Whiteside, Hopegill Head and Grasmoor, descending via Lad Hows. 

I had thought it would be nice to meet her half way up her descent ridge, but we had a guest calling so I had to delay my Lad Hows walk till later.

Welcome Syd.

We last met on Castle Crag for the Remembrance Service last November,

so it was great to chat and catch up with the comings and goings of this unusual year.

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My daughter was already down off the fells and away home to Tickhill

but the weather was so nice that I decided to take an hour out and do my originally planned walk anyway.

The view of Crummock opens up after Lanthwaite Green

as I drive down towards the Cinderdale car park on the lake side ahead.

Saturday crowds have filled the car park and overflowed onto the roadside.

Fortunately an 'early leaver' left a convenient spot for me to park my car.

People behind me but clear ahead . . . not a cloud in the sky . . . and there hasn't been any all day.

(well excluding that slight wisp of white to the left)

Lad Hows is the bracken covered ridge climbing up to the left and my route follows the beck all the way up to the brown skyline summit.

The end of the gentle grassy slope and now the angle changes as the dogs and I start the climb.

Following Cinderdale Beck up the fellside.
The route passes some nice little waterfalls along the way.

We will cross on the rocky outcrop once the sheep have moved away around the tree.

There's always one left that prefers to take the high ground so that she (or he) can have a better view of what's going on below.

Looking left to Rannerdale Farm and distant Red Pike . . .
. . . and right as Loweswater comes into view.

Two thirds of the way up Lad Hows is a rock outcrop and a holly tree that allow me a nice photo opportunity.

October 2009 with Harry and Bethan at the same spot.

In fact I still use this photo as the 'wallpaper' on our old 'laptop' to this day.

The tree hasn't really changed much in all those years though sadly the dogs have since departed this world.

Today Dylan and Dougal stayed still and enjoyed the view long enough for me to step back and take a wider panorama.

As we climb the reflection of the sunlight on the lake becomes stronger.

Green Gable and Great Gable with what looks like Great End visible between them.

For the first time today we're high enough on the fell to get a view of Scafell Pike, to the right above Haystacks and Kirk Fell.

The weather is really clear and I could even identify the summit cairn as a separate feature.

Just one more false summit on this hot afternoon.

Someone's found the coolest spot in the last photo !

Two happy faces at the intermediate summit of the Lad Hows ridge.

The discarded t-shirt is mine as I sat and enjoyed the heat of the afternoon sun for a few moments.

It was so nice that I decided it warranted a 360 panoramic view.

Click here or on the photo above for a larger 360 degree annotated version.

Zooming in on the distant view of the Scottish hills across Loweswater and the Solway Firth.

Upward towards the summit of Grasmoor.

The Red Gill scree ascent in the centre looks well worn.  I've only known one person try it and they said "never again".

Time to head down now.

The dogs remember the holly tree from their upward journey.

Back across the Cinderdale Beck . . . the car parks below still look busy.

A lovely afternoon for a walk and great for wedding photos if you were so inclined.

What made me think of that  . . .

Full marks for the photographer for catching the moment . . . without the crowds in the background.

Whoever you are . . . enjoy your future together.

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Technical note: Pictures taken with either our Panasonic Lumix TZ60 Camera.

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

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Previous walk - 19th September 2020 - Paula's Grasmoor High Level

A previous visit here - Thursday 22nd Oct 2009 Grasmoor via Lad Hows

Next walk - 27th September 2020 - Morning Glory for Jenna