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" The Sunshine Returns "

Date & start time:      The week or so following the 18th March 2022.

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

Places visited :          Loweswater, Rannerdale, Gatesgarth, Buttermere, Mellbreak, the pub !

Walk details :              Various walks and events of indeterminate length.

Highest point :           The sunshine.

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

Weather :                     A sudden arrival of summer after that last wet walk.


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After a wet few days the forecast is for high pressure, which brings cooler weather but beautiful sunshine for the week. 

These photos are a collection of events and places that filled my time while I try to get a little fitter

for the impending arrival of the younger generation over Easter.

The dogs need a walk every day, but no camera the time I walked around Loweswater,

but the weather was so nice I just had to grab the phone for this photo at the exit from Holme Woods at Waterend.

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The bright sunshine encouraged me to fire up the hot tub in the garden, a great relaxation for busy young executives

. . . and grey haired old fell walkers like myself.

On the second morning the water was the right temperature, the coffee was made, the tray prepared for an aquatic breakfast . . .

Such a nice day and the temperature was right . . .
. . . Dougal wishes he could join me . . .

But it was not to be . . .

Just as my body immersed in the relaxing warmth of a Lake District morning,

anticipating a few minutes quiet relaxation with the views of the valley all around me . . . the pager went off  !

Up, dressed, emergency bag loaded in the car, dogs in safely in the house . . . I found myself in Gatesgarth in just over twenty minutes.

I volunteer my services as a "Valley First Responder" in association with the Ambulance Service in order to help out on local calls.

The ambulance 'eight minute response' target is impossible here in the valley

as it takes 10 to 15 minutes just for me to get from home to Buttermere on a quiet traffic day.


A walker had fitted, then fallen and banged his head on the ground soon after the start of his walk.

There's no phone signal here but another walker with a Garmin Inreach Gps put out a satellite emergency call which was paged to the ambulance

and the rescue services were on the way . . . modern technology saving valuable time today.

As I was leaving home I also managed to grab the camera which was close to the front door,

so was able to appreciate the morning as I drove quietly back home after the callout. 

This was Gatesgarth Farm in the morning sunshine.

The Buttermere Pines at something like 9.30 am.

The High Stile Ridge in all its beauty, from just a little closer to Hassness.

St James's Church and the village of Buttermere, even now is starting to receive visitors,

the weather such a difference from our cafe-to-cafe walk just two days ago.

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Another day, the fine weather was calling out for another, more adventurous dog walk.

I drove the valley road once more, but only at a more gentle pace this time.

Parking at Hause Point, the dogs and I set off to climb Rannerdale Knotts.

Visibility was superb and the sky cloud-free as we look across to Mellbreak, Low Fell and Grasmoor.

Up above the hause and a first view of Great Gable and Kirk Fell,

now standing clear of Haystacks at the head of the valley.

Looking down on Rannerdale Farm.

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A steady climb up the steep end of Rannerdale Knotts

including the ascent of the pitched path

which soon brought us to the summit.


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Dylan stops to enjoy what I now call "Ann's View" from the top of Rannerdale.

I chose a more direct descent, this time down the back of the fell.
I took a left after the second 'knott' and aimed down for the stone wall.

This steep descent brought me down on the car park side of the bluebell field and so it was just a short distance back to the car.

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It was driving back from Lamplugh one evening

that I glanced down at the new wildlife ponds

to the left of the road below Fangs Brow.


The sunshine on the bracken was colourful

but it was something else that caught my eye.


The camera was handy again

so one quick photo, then a change of lens

gave me these two photos of this lovely Roe Deer.


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He had spotted me, but stayed still long enough to have his picture taken in close up.

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As you may know, one of the local groups I get involved in is the Loweswater (Farmers) Discussion Group

It was their 80th anniversary this year

The group started in 1942 to discuss possible farming improvements as part of the wartime "Dig for Britain" initiative.

It has continued holding fortnightly winter meetings ever since but, understandably, the subject matter of talks and
presentations had widened considerably over that time.

William is only the fourth Chairman of the group, so it fell to him to cut the cake this day.

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The weather remained fine and dry for the week

and despite cooler conditions, shopping

and all the day-to-day jobs to do,

the dogs still need a walk.


Mellbreak is always a favourite

and a quick trip up and back

(2 hours including a stop at Harry's Pool)

included this view at

Wainwright's 'Peep round the Corner'.


Too cold for a swim today !

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Looking down on Loweswater from the ascent of the northern face of Mellbreak.

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One last wildlife sighting from a few days back.

Not so much wildlife as rather upset domestic life, when a sheep escaped from one of the local fields.

The's it standing on the stone wall by the back gate.
As I sneaked around the house she was still there.

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She was undecided

whether to jump into the lane she had just come from,

or to launch herself the other way into the field.



After a short while I encouraged her into the field

and away from the cars on the road.


Before she left

I may have just captured a contender

for next year's Loweswatercam calendar front cover.


Who knows what else the camera will find this year ?



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Hope you've had a good week.

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Technical note: Pictures taken with my Panasonic Lumix Gx8 Camera or my iPhone 6s.

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

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