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" A High Nook - Watergate Round "

Date & start time:      27th March 2021.   9.45 am start.

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

Places visited :          Maggie's Bridge, High Nook, Watergate and Maggie's Bridge return.

Walk details :              2.5 mls, 225 ft of ascent, 55 mins.

Highest point :           Top of the hill above the Village Hall (don't get excited !)

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

Weather :                    Such a lovely morning.

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Saturday 27th, a lovely morning but a busy afternoon in prospect

so the dogs are surprised when the leads and whistle are taken off the hook early in the day !

Chance for the three of us to enjoy a warm and local morning walk after the cold weather of recent days.

A walk in the opposite direction from yesterday as we head up the hill past the village hall

and enjoy the view from the view towards Carling Knott and Loweswater from the brow of the hill.

As I take the road down to Maggie's Bridge I look back at High Cross Farm a grade two listed building

and behind it the twin peaks of Darling Fell and Low Fell.

Zooming in on the old farm . . . 'cos I can . . . I've brought the bigger camera and zoom lens today.

Come April 12th,  presumably the building will be allowed to accept self-catering holiday visitors and groups once more.

The road walk takes me on in the direction of High Nook Farm, just seen amongst the trees in the middle distance.

The valley behind holds the small High Nook Tarn and the two streams that climb the flanks of Blake Fell.

I see the Loweswater Pheasant is in colourful mood today.

A wider photo of the bird-shaped woodland was shown in my first photo in case you can't quite appreciate the full outline.

An ancient, possibly naturally pollarded ash tree in the field . . .
. . . and a more terminal bough as I enter a woodland section.

Our route passed through the lower woodland

and behind the old Watergate Farm and the converted Watergate Barn on the left.

Loweswater, the lake not the village as you are probably aware by now !

The cold spring has only just started to allow the leaves to sprout on the trees.

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High above me a buzzard was enjoying the views

until a local crow started harassing him,

presumably to chase him out of the crow's territory.


It always surprises me how they tolerate such harassment ?


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Apart from a little light breeze, all is well with our world this morning

as we round the circle and head for home once more.

The two Kirkstile ponies in the field below the Village Hall seem fairly content with their situation too.

The Millennium View from the hall car park, looking across Crummock Water to Rannerdale and onward, up the Buttermere Valley.

The recent weather has left a residual covering of snow on the high fells and the sun is catching the mistiness of the morning.

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By the time you read this the snow will have gone and a busy Easter will have seen me walk the six highest summits in this picture.

Grey Knotts, Brandreth, Green Gable, Great Gable, High Crag and High Stile, six of the nine I managed over the holiday period,

albeit not all on the same day . . . more pictures to follow as they say (once I stop walking and sit at the computer a little more) !

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Technical note: Pictures generally taken with my Panasonic Lumix Gx8 Camera.

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

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