Date & Time: Friday 5th January 2007. 2.10 pm start.

Location of Start : Loweswater (by the red phone box) Cumbria Uk. ( NY 143 211 )

Places visited : Foulsyke, Low Fell, Crab Tree Beck valley, Foulsyke and back.

Walk details : 3.1 mls, 1175 ft of ascent, 2 hrs 5 mins.

Walked with : Ann and the dogs.

Weather : A non-de-script day but with some sunshine towards the end. Rather watery sunset colours.

Harry and Bethan waiting for us at the stile again.

 

To explain the title, Fridays are change-over days at the holiday cottage opposite, and it befalls one or both of us to do the cleaning and laundry.

Consequently the first half of the day was taken up with domestic chores, which left a short afternoon to get out before the early winter sunset approaches. One great little walk out without motoring, is to walk Low Fell across the fields from us. Three hours would see a road walk to Thackthwaite and back along the ridge. In view of the dampness of the day, two hours is all we had so it was to be a short but delightful ascent of the southern end up to the summit and back.

Loads of recent rain have made the fields extremely waterlogged and muddy to walk across. Also it is possible that it caused slight subsidence of the dry stone wall so Johnny, one of our local farmers, was out rebuilding a section that has collapsed. His dog talks to ours from his slightly higher vantage point.

Foulsyke is the large house in the background.

Behind the house and above the woods we escaped to the open fell side.

Our route would take us up this southern end of Low Fell using a rather zig-zag approach route through the crags and old bracken.

Lovely blue sky, the first of the day, as we caught a fine view of Whiteside and Grasmoor still with a little cloud brushing the tops.

Up by the old Scots Pine now and the dogs were running about getting plenty of exercise.

They were running so wide they missed being in the photo for once !

From the tree, the full view of Crummock Water and the Buttermere Valley is now on show.

Mellbreak is the single fell on the right but Rannerdale Knotts, the small one in the centre, hides Buttermere from view.

   
Turning left, we made our way over to the stile . . .
. . . then climb steeply up. ~ Loweswater was now far below us.

The sun still had half an hour or so left to shine over Blake Fell and Carling Knott, as we reached the southern summit of Low Fell.

A close up of Crummock, and the hamlet of Loweswater below.

The strong wind causes swirls and ripples on the lake but nothing like as dramatically as in recent days.

A short walk took us part way along the ridge, sufficient to reach the true summit of Low Fell (the darker green section)

Indecision ruled for a while as we couldn't decide

whether to descend left or right off the fell.

 

Right would take us back down the steep fence line into Lorton Valley then back to Foulsyke direct.

Left would take us down Crab Tree Beck valley underneath Darling Fell which would give us a slightly longer walk, on a side I get to less often.

 

Left it is then !!

Down into the valley and we followed the small stream down till the outake wall was reached

then we turned for home by taking the path left above the trees.

Walking back above the fell wall, aiming for the tree again.

On course - navigation must be good - it's the stile we used earlier.

. . . and the tree looks reassuringly familiar.

The dogs have stopped running around so much, so they were able to settle for a photo call.

This one was unplanned - come on Dad, where have you been ?

It's alright for them. They've got four wheel drive to get quickly across today's soggy paths and tracks.

 

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Technical note: Pictures taken with a Canon G7 Digital camera.

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

This site best viewed with . . . less time cleaning the cottage and more time cleaning the lens (oops ! )

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