Oak Cottage - Loweswater

Retreat to the quiet of the Western Lakes

The Cottage, and  the view up the Buttermere Valley




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Date and time: Thursday 23rd Oct 2003

Occasion : A walk up Stile End and Barrow, overlooking Keswick and Derwent Water with Ann, and the dogs.

Walk details : 3.1 miles 1400 ft of ascent.

Weather : Warm afternoon sun (when it was not behind the one cloud in the western sky)

We parked above the Coledale Inn in Braithwaite and walked up past the now derelict High Coledale Farm hidden in the trees below us here.

Then it was up to Stile End, the middle of the three smaller peaks under Eel Crag in the north western fells.

The one cloud in the western sky !!

Ahead of us, Stile End and the distinctive silhouette of Causey Pike.

Grisedale Pike and Hopegill Head to its left.

The Coledale Mine track can just be seen in the valley below. The National Trust have just taken control of the old mine and have been doing remedial work to make it safe. They may even plan to open some of it to the public in the not too distant future.

The view of the Helvellyn Range now becoming visible above Barrow and Rowling End (Causey's lower slopes).


As we rounded the hillside at Barrow Door we had our first glimpse of Derwent Water and the smallest of white sailing boats moving slowly across it.

Barrow was badly burnt in a heath fire earlier in the year. Fortunately nature is reclaiming the soil, with the first shoots of grass, bilberries, and occasionally a small growth of stunted bracken which is already turning brown in the autumnal weather.

Skiddaw and Bassenthwaite Lake from Barrow.


A Beautiful evening panorama of Keswick and Derwent Water

Click here or on the photo for a larger panorama.

Descending Barrow towards Braithwaite Village at the end of the walk.


Late Extra . . . . 6pm.

A silhouette of trees on High Rigg in St John's in the Vale.


Technical note: Pictures taken with a Canon IXUS 400 Digital camera.

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

This site best viewed . . . with a warm autumnal sun.

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