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After walk to the lake with Sandra and Jackie and a visit from Pete, we are home alone once more.  However the dogs still need a daily walk so we try to think of an unusual route we haven't done for a while ... and find ourselves submersed in purple once again.

     

A visit to the famous Rannerdale Bluebells is on the cards every year.  It is not that they are the most spectacular in the county, or the country for that matter, it's just that they are in such an unique environment surrounded by the magnificence of the Lakeland fells.

     

A visit to Borrowdale and an afternoon with Trevor, Gill and Dylan's best mate, Finlay of Borrowdale.  Always a challenge to find a new local walk, but they came up trumps for us by walking a valley they knew well but one which was totally new to us ... Troutdale.

     

29th April - Bowscale Tarn with Jo

Fine weather over Easter has held nicely for our walk with Jo. Looking back at the records, we last walked this seven years ago and also ten years ago almost to the day. This is such a classic walk that everything was familiar and the map was hardly used.

     

28th April - Holme Wood Bluebells

Our own Holme Woods here in Loweswater have a reputation for fine bluebells at this time of year, so in need of a walk for all concerned and not wanting to drive far, we headed over for a walk starting at Maggie's Bridge, to see how Spring is progressing.

     

Our visit to Jo at her new caravan at Watermillock was in doubt due to the southwesterly Storm Hannah which was battering the south coast of UK.  This far north however the storm effect was much less and the wind was just bringing blustery northern showers.

     

After a suggestion to meet up, we travel down to Coniston to Richard and Hilary's caravan for a change. They have a pitch on a site in Coniston and offer to take us on a walk in one of their favourite places. Nice to be in a different area and to see pastures new.

     

17th April - Paddock and Garden

The cold easterly winds did blow and then the sun came out and chased it all away. Easter in the Lakes was kind to the visitors, and there were many more of them as a result. We took the opportunity to stay off the roads and I personally spent time planting up the garden for the new season ahead.

     

The cool, easterly breeze is still with us, in fact it was considerably stronger at altitude as we found out today on our walk along Low Fell.  John and his son Richard suggested the walk earlier in the week so we took an extra layer in case we had to wrap up warm.
     

14th April - St Bees Head with Pat

A keen easterly wind makes the prospect of exposed walking on the fells less attractive. Pat was born in Workington on the coast but as she now lives away she hasn't walked the coast path for a long time. . . today she can reacquaint herself with the area.

     

9/12th April - The Rest of the Week

Rounding off the photos from the week where Cathy and the boys have taken full advantage of the weather and the fells.  Several celebrations fall in this week and a meal at the Kirkstile in Loweswater end their holiday here very nicely.

     

A two part walk today.  The younger element wanted to walk around Crummock Water and the older contingent was quite happy with a walk around Rannerdale Knotts.  The plans were combine the two walks with lunch at Buttermere in the following way.

     

8/9th April - Cathy and the Boys

Our daughter and two of our grandsons are up on holiday for five days.  The weather is sunny but there's a cool wind, but that doesn't stop them having a great week. Here are our mainly family pictures from the first couple of days.

     

6th April - Cinderdale to Home

A lovely afternoon, warm after the cold and damp of the snow earlier in the week. We set off to walk an out and back route to the boathouse, but end up walking on and going back later with Ann's car to collect the one we left at the start.

     

Yesterday we experienced a mild blast of what winter could bring.  Today we awoke to a full cover of snow, not only on the fells but right down to valley level. The morning was cold and turning damp so by the time the nicer weather arrived it was afternoon.

     

2nd April - Knott Rigg Ard Crags

After our brief holiday to South Wales and a busy few days on our return, the calendar has flipped a page and we're into April.   Today the weather is true to form with "Sunshine and April Showers", but those showers were sometimes more wintery than expected.

     

28/29th March - Local with Jo, Dee & John

Technically an amalgamation of two local walks on subsequent days. The majority of the photos are from our walk to Crummock Water with Jo, Dee and John who were all over in Loweswater for Friday afternoon and stayed on for an evening meal.

     

22nd March - Our Swansea Visit

We're off for a brief visit to Swansea, to our son and Daughter-in-law and their new house. We'll be away five nights giving three full days in the area to spend time with grandson Luke, the Owen family and the many friends we have in the area.

     

     

A walk with waterproofs and gloves, due to the cold weather, just got better as it went on and by the end the gloves were packed away and the coats were redundant.  The weather didn't stop there as there were more surprises in store for us on the way home.

     

Storm Gareth has blown through and  just as Storm Freyer moved more south than forecast I think Storm Gareth tracked slightly further north than expected. We did however get some strong winds and plenty of rain which has fallen on the already wet ground.

     

10th March - Pining after the Snow

The snow fell "deep and soggy and even" but was followed by rain and a warm breeze which cleared the fields by midday. The dogs needed a walk so I waited till the weather is drier and head up to what's left of the snow line.
     

5th to 10th March - Under Mellbreak

Photos of the last few days as the weather changes and changes back several times, no two days the same.  For the walk this time I climb towards Mellbreak but cut down to the right into Mosedale for a view of the holly tree and then home to a surprise next morning.
     

27th Feb - 4th March The Flass Woods Round

Photos of two local walks and of the last seven days here in Loweswater.  We've had a variety of weather starting with the last of the summer like hazy days and ending with a small blast of snow from the back end of Storm Freya as it crossed the country.
     

26th Feb - Hazy Sale Fell

With the fine weather continuing we venture a little further afield but avoid steep, strenuous paths for the moment.  Sale Fell will fit the bill and is close enough to give an interesting walk this afternoon. Weather wise, a high pressure hazy is building badly.
     

With a turn or two of the Jet Stream our weather fluctuates between days of wet weather and stormy winds to those of beautiful sunshine.  I leave the rough weather un-recorded as the sunshine offers better walks and better photos to remember.
     

I am not able to do big walks at present so Ann takes the dogs on longer daily walks. I join her for a few fields today but double back, leaving her to take Dylan and Dougal the rest of the way down to the lake.  Pottering in the garden I enjoy the colour of the new blooms that are springing up by the day, so I return inside to get the camera . . .

     

A real miscellany of photos this time, taken this week. The winter weather has gone and Storm Eric melted most of the snow away, the rest is thawing with the mild south westerlies. Here are a few interesting views as the weather changed.

     

Jo is over for the weekend, with a wine tasting event at the Hall Friday night (sorry no samples) and she's staying over to enjoy a walk on Saturday.  After Storm Eric the fells and fields are wet through but the weather today has improved though the wind is still strong.

     

Saturday and the third day of fine winter weather. Whinlatter Pass is been open from the Lorton side and so Ann and I drive up to enjoy the winter views while they last. Too shaded or to icy to walk on many of the forest tracks so the dogs enjoy two shorter walks on the way back.

     

The fine weather at the start of February was what all good winter weather should be, a covering of good mountain snow combined with a sunny, blue sky days. To make life easier all round, the valleys roads are clear, the best combination of all.

     

A trip into Cockermouth for an appointment is no excuse to miss a lovely day.  With the camera bag on the passenger seat I can enjoy the frosty valley in its wintry mantle. Heavy overnight frost has chilled the valley and compliments the snowy Lakeland peaks above.

     

After a busy morning Ann and I get out for a more purposeful walk and chose Ennerdale as somewhere local but out of the valley.  By walking from Bleach Green around the western lake shore we'd hopefully be in the sun on this lovely afternoon as it is a more open aspect.

     

21- 23rd Jan - Moons, Birthdays and Snow

Dull weather suddenly gives way to one of those beautiful winter days that just drive you outside to take pictures. It also coincides with Dylan's 5th birthday and a morning trip to Keswick for him and Ann, so Dougal and I go for a local walk and a short morning drive.

     

7th - 11th January - Open and Closed

An unusual name for this page but that will become clear when you see the Whinlatter pictures.  Before that, a few photos of our Fangs Brow walk and afterwards a celebration of 30 years in the business for friends of ours in Quince and Medlar, Cockermouth.

     

Starting at the Red Phone Box implies that we started these walk from home of course.  In the midst of all the high pressure gloom of 2018/19 there have been fine days and last Tuesday was one of those as Ann and I walk the dogs locally to enjoy the fine weather.

     

2nd-6th January - Our Pin Mill Visit 2019

The start of a new year and after a quiet Christmas at home we venture south to see family.  The rather overcast Christmas weather improved as we enjoy a few days down by the River Orwell. "There 's a list of jobs to do, don't forget to bring your tool kit Dad" Cathy said !

     

1.   2nd January - Chelmondiston Round
2.   3rd January - Pin Mill Woods Walk
3.   4th January - Pin Mill - Woolverstone Walk
     

January 2019 - The 2019 Calendar Results

You had your chance to have your favourite web site pictures hanging on your wall all year round . . . and thereby support a good cause . . . and support it you did !   A big "thank you" from Ann and myself for buying our 2019 sell-out edition.

     

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