Oak Cottage - Loweswater

Retreat to the quiet of the Western Lakes

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Date : Boxing Day 2004. (Sunday 26th Dec).

Location : Low fell, Lorton Valley, Cumbria.

Occasion : A midday walk with Ann and myself, John Harvey Gareth (Hiley) and Harry.

Walk details : 4 miles 1340 feet of ascent.

Weather : As fine as you could wish for.


A bright sunrise on a snowy Boxing Day morning.

Gable at the top of the Buttermere Valley

from Loweswater.


The snow had arrived Christmas Eve.




Harry ( left ) and Bethan

enjoy the first snow of their young lives.


Low Fell catches the first of the morning sun.

An attractive prospect for a walk after a late breakfast !

Our walk started at Thackthwaite village

where we took the footpath past Thackthwaite Farm and up toward the fells.

Ann crossing the field towards Low Fell.

The part of the ridge on the left goes by the name of Watching Crags

Holly tree and Whinlatter Fells
View into the sun towards Buttermere


Out through the final fence and on to the old track

that winds around the back of the northern end of Low Fell.

Hopegill from the old tree.

Possibly and old resting stone on the old route to Mosser Church.


Harry first to the next stile.

This side of the hill is in shadow despite the sunny weather.


Whin Fell Hill and the lower slopes of Fellbarrow

are behind us as we climb the zig-zags

Skiddaw comes into view as we reach the higher ground of the ridge.


Rannerdale with Haystacks and Gable behind
The High Stile Ridge
  Low Fell Summit

The panorama from the Low Fell ridge, looking south west to Buttermere and Crummock Valley, included over 20 Wainwright fells

A great day for a walk and to bump into friends,

Peter and Sara from Arlecdon.

John surveying the superb view

The western panorama of the Solway

with snow on the distant Scottish Hills.

The viewpoint on the southern cairn

below Low Fells summit.

Ann and Gareth start the return trip back along the ridge.


Longer Shadows in the valley and Ladyside Pike basks in the sun

above the shadow cast by Hopegill Head and the Whiteside Ridge.


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

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

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