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" Into the snow on Ullister Hill "

Date & start time: Tuesday  20th January 2015, 2.10 pm start.

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

Places visited : Whinlatter Centre, Tarbarrel Moss, Ullister Hill and return.

Walk details :   3.1 mls,  675 feet of ascent, 2 hours 5 mins.

Highest point : Ullister Hill, Whinlatter. 1690 ft - 520m.

Walked with : Ann and the dogs, Harry and Dylan.

Weather : Snowy but overcast . . . sunshine fading to a very flat light.

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There has been snow around for a few days now and today we had chance to get out and sample it for ourselves.

Whinlatter seemed like a good choice for today's walk.

Hopegill Head and the Whiteside Ridge as seen from the village of Lorton.

Zooming in on Hopegill Head, as seen from the centre of the village.

Boon Beck Bridge within the village.

Wordsworth's famous and ancient Lorton Yew Tree

Hopegill Head from the Lorton Yew.

The drive up towards Whinlatter Pass gave us a fine view of Ladyside Pike and Hobcarton Crags.

Up to the Whinlatter Centre where we find somewhere to park.

[ Note: The rest of the Whinlatter Road is closed 3 weeks (Mon to Friday, 5th to 23rd Jan) while the Forestry Commission demolish a few trees ]

[ All complaints to Alledale District Council or the Forestry Commission . . . but it won't do you any good ! ]

They are also doing some repairs, alterations and/or improvements at the Forest Centre too.

We head off up into the woods

There's a nasty grey squirrel . . . it used to be a nice red squirrel but the wood sculpture has weathered over time.

Dylan and Harry explore the snow as we walk up the forest track.

The first clearing has an information board.

It used to describe the view, but now the trees have grown up it gives a potted history of the life of the forest's red squirrels.

Almost hidden from view . . . . Grisedale Pike.

In the present weather, the flat light causes the snowy summit to blend into the cloudy sky.

Winter Wonderland where the snow has settled on the branches of the fir trees.

A brief pause for a photo and Harry settles back in relaxed mode.

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As the track climbs steadily up the fell side


the view back (over Ann's shoulder)


is of the Grisedale Gill Valley


falling away from the north eastern side of the Pike.


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This is the first time that Dylan has encountered snow . . .
. . . and he takes full advantage of the situation.
He has a stick to play with . . .
. . .  which he drags through the soft snow.

Dylan is very much on the go . . .

The sub-zero temperature means the snow is still fresh, dry and very fluffy.

Where there was flowing water it has frozen into interesting icicles.

Guess where this is . . . no more clues !

The track to Ullister Hill continues on from Tarbarrel Moss

and as the tracks get smaller, the snow covered trees overhang the path.

There's a hoar frost as well as snow on these branches.

We leave the mountain bike route and head off left . . .
. . . following the signposted route to Lord's Seat.

From the lower part of Ullister Hill a clearing gives a welcome view of the fells to the north and west.

So far our walk has been very enclosed.

Click here or on the photo above for a Loweswatercam wider annotated panorama.

From a few feet higher we look down on the view of the northern Whinlatter Valley

carrying the Aiken Beck towards Lorton.

Looking across at Lord's Seat and (just) the snowy summit of Broom Fell to the left.

Receding into the distance . . . the diminutive outline of Binsey.

Not wanting to extend the walk any further we retrace our steps . . .

passing this wonderful frozen reed plant existing on a damp but hidden area of ground.

Back to the open area at Tarbarrel Moss.

The route may be the same but the views are different on the way back.

We look across to Hospital Plantation and you may be able to make out the slopes of Causey Pike in the distance.

Ann making her way back down through the forest . . . which way shall we go now ?

We are enticed off course by the Gruffalo . . .
. . . but beware of the Tree Monsters of Whinlatter !

Now to negotiate the tree apes . . .

. . . but fortunately the 'Go Apes' have already 'Gone'.

The centre is closed for January which coincides with the road closure of the Pass.

Back to the car park . . . ready for the warm journey back home.


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Technical note: Pictures taken with either Ann's Canon Sureshot SX220, or my Nikon P520 digital camera.

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

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