The forecast before we left home was for a misty start, a windy
middle of the day and rain to end the walk at Buttermere.
What would be the best time for that walk ? We looked
up the valley from Loweswater and the weather looked better
There's no such thing as bad weather .... but just in case,
we kitted up accordingly and head out for a walk sooner rather
The prospects at the head of the valley looked
better than the forecast as we drove up the road alongside Crummock.
What the weather was hiding from us behind Rannerdale
Knotts was yet to be discovered.
Parked up and following a quick house visit
to friends, we were on our way.
Clockwise or anti-clockwise was the question
today . . . decision made we headed down hill, to leave the
cafe close by at the end of the walk.
My walking companion once again was Loes . .
. that's Dougal next to her, Dylan was by my side.
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These two finger posts on the wall by The Bridge
must at one time have been fixed to a finger post
but there's no sign of it now.
It seems that part of the top sign sign has also been
in the last year or so. It seems smaller than
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The Bridge Hotel has had a new coat of paint
over the lockdown but there's something else different ?
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They owners have added balconies
on the front of the building
to match the existing ones
that grace the bedrooms on the left hand side
[ This archive picture taken in Feb
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Dougal climbs aboard to try and walk the plank.
After a false start he actually managed to
walk the narrow log from one end to the other.
I try both dogs out each time we pass along
the track and this was the first time one of them achieved this
National Trust challenge.
The weather suggested mistiness in the forecast
but it was reasonably clear and surprisingly mild.
Plenty of water about after the rains of February,
both on the paths so far and ahead in Sour Milk Gill.
One very noticeable thing today was the amount
of tree work that has been carried out recently.
A combination of high winds and two tree diseases
of the larch and ash, has meant there's been a lot of heavy
the bridge at Buttermere Dubbs.
Here pruning has been
taken to the extreme.
The red paint on the ash spelt its demise .
. . presumably they know what they are doing.
The notices on the gate gave details of the
problems the Trust are facing in the woodlands hereabout.
We take the lakeshore track and find a surprising
amount of folk doing the same.
The poor forecast for the high fells and late
school half term holidays have probably both added to the number
of people doing this walk today.
The mist was clearing but the wind was getting
up. Squalls rushed down the lake causing the spray to
be whipped from the wave tops.
I managed to get the camera out as one of the
squalls produced a min-whirlwind which crossed the path ahead
You can see the circular nature of this one
in the shape drawn on the lake's surface.
A slight wipe of the lens and a few moments
later all is calm once again.
We continue on through Burtness woods and see
Hassness House on the other side of the lake.
Loes stops at the gate as we exit the woods
and then we head on towards the trees at Horse Close.
Looking up across the bracken we see the dramatic
outline of High Crag Buttress.
A better idea of the waterfall cascading out
of Burtness Comb was gained closer to those trees.
We head out on the 'motorway' section as the
"belties" take the upper lane in the opposite direction.
The width of the path allowed the farmer to
drive along here with her quad bike full of fodder . . . the
cows were following !
seen at at the head of the lake . . .
. . . with people on
Peggy's Bridge at the river crossing.
Fleetwith Pike and the Warnscale Valley as three
quarters of our party crosses the bridge.
Well someone has to hang back to take the photo
Herdwick sheep over at Gatesgarth Farm seem
to be sheltering from the wind behind the wall.
Winter maintenance brings a new coating of slate
shillies onto the coffee area next to the farm.
A different view of the Buttermere Pines as
we walk the road section back to the lake.
The more normal view taken from further on.
The wind seems to have dropped now (as forecasted
) but the third type of weather for the day seems to be arriving
Yes, hoods are up and covers are on the rucksacks
as we head on round the lake.
This time fortunately the rain is on our backs,
not in our faces.
Well, it wasn't quite as bad as this picture
looks . . . or perhaps my memory is playing tricks ?
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Sadly as we approached the tunnels
either the rain or the continual in-and-out of the
from my pocket caused a slight malfunction
The bellows didn't work and the camera couldn't focus.
Still this was us approaching Hassness tunnels !
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And this was me passing
through, back towards the light !
[ For viewable pictures of the tunnel check out the link
at the foot of the page.]
However a quick think and a bit of a fiddle and I was back
The splodges on the lens mean it is still raining.
More trees down as we leave the lakeshore path and head up
towards the village.
[ Don't panic, that spindly tree on the water's edge is still
there for all you photographers.]
Plenty of water and muddy paths on the way back.
Wilkinsyke farm ahead as we near the village.
No ice cream
today but the cafe is open and after a delightful lunch
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. . . it was time to
say goodbye to the farm dog and walk back to the car.
One of the nice things about going our all weathers
is that you can enjoy an area in all its various guises.
Today may have been slightly wet and windy but
it was a great walk, rounded off by a lovely warm lunch
which included, on a separate plate, cafe treats
for the dogs !