A shorter walk but in this nice weather we can't stay around
home for a really local walk.
The afternoon and the days are shorter now so we opt for a
location that has views to the north and west
in order to maximize the sunshine after a very damp November.
We drive to the far end of Loweswater and then
up the hill that forms the western watershed of the valley.
We turn and take the road towards Lamplugh but
soon stop by the gate that leads to the High Nook bridleway,
often called the Coffin Route.
The weather is lovely today, as the sun highlights
the brightness and shadows on distant fells.
Loes is still a little fragile after her op,
so it'll be a shorter walk today.
To make it longer would extend the walk into
that shadow ahead, and we wouldn't want that would we !
The elevated track looks down on the Loweswater
valley and the lake, at this point still hidden below.
Across the way are two farms, Askill to the
left and Myresyke to the right.
Only Askill is still actively farming
and that is by young couple new to the valley, which is great.
Myresyke with the newly painted orange wall
has leased its lands out to the other farmers.
First view of the lake, in fact we can see two
. . . both Loweswater and Crummock Water.
An old gateway, highlighted by the two stone
posts, is wired up and no longer in use.
The strong reeds or rushes are an indication
of damp ground and poor pasture, up here on this level part
of the walk.
- - - o o o - - -
The top gate but one . . .
We went further, but the contrast of the white cloud
and the blue sky warranted a picture in its own right.
The track curves to a final gate
before it drops down to pass the wooden chair
- - - o o o - - -
turn around at this point.
The texture on a rotting
gatepost made me stop once again.
Heading back towards Fangs Brow and the car
parked on the Lamplugh Road.
Deep ruts in the track once again imply the
damp nature of the ground during wetter days.
Underneath the distant cloud you can in fact
make out Criffel, the high hill on the Scottish side of the
Can't linger too long as we're out tonight to
Keswick for the Banff
Film Festival World Tour this evening
at the Theatre by the Lake in Keswick . . .
who knows, we might meet up with a few old friends.