Date & Time: Saturday 26th January 2008. 3 pm start.
Location of Start : Hause Point car park, Crummock Water, Cumbria, Uk. ( NY 1630 184 )
Places visited : Hause Point, Rannerdale Knotts, Low Bank, High Rannerdale and Squat Beck.
Walk details : 2.5 mls, 1050 ft of ascent, 2 hrs.Highest point : Rannerdale Knotts 1160 ft ( 355m)
Walked with : Jo Hall and Ann plus the dogs, Jodie, Megan, Harry and Bethan.
Weather : Cool and windy. A hint of sunshine on the high fells and Cockermouth, but not on us !
Parking at Hause Point - room for half a dozen if parked tidily.
The forecast was for high winds and extreme buffeting on the high fells, so we chose a lower one for today's walk.
The rain was gone but not forgotten . . .
Sunshine and cloud on Grasmoor behind us as we set off from the car.
Jo calls the dogs to order.
Winter trees . . . winter breezes on the water too.
Ann and Jo chose the old path up Hause point today.
It has several zig-zags (which are more hidden by summer foliage) and was the line of the old pony track before the road was built around the crags below.
Four gentlemen (part of a group who were staying at the Blencathra Centre near Keswick) had chosen a 'Round the Lake' walk.
They had walked down the other side and back up this. The old path which they are following will rejoin the road near Wood House.
Wood House and the high fells beyond.
Fleetwith Pike top in the clouds, Haystacks just in too, and just a hint of sunshine on the lower slopes of Brandreth behind.
David (Jo) Bailey catches a shot of 'yours truly' as we climb the first of the pitched steps.
Photo's one of several by Ann today.
Bethan trying to be a Harry look alike.
Close to the crag, the pitched path climbs steadily up an awkward rocky section.
Patterns on the Water . . . from the strong winds that are curling around the end of Mellbreak.
The cloud was rushing past the summit of Whiteless Pike too.
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Jo on the summit od Rannerdale Knotts.
Ann's picture on Jo's camera on my web page - don't worry, all done with the relevant permission and paperwork in triplicate !
Harry drops his shoulder into the strong breeze.
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Late afternoon sun to the west shows as a pink tinge on the clouds above Great Borne and Floutern Cop (the distant triangular peak).
The sheepfold above Buttermere Village.
The waterfall opposite is Sour Milk Gill, flowing down from a hidden Bleaberry Tarn under High Stile and Red Pike.
Haystacks now clear of the cloud stands out in front of a brighter grey cloud behind.
From the end of Low Bank we cut down into Rannerdale Valley and started back down to the car.
Sheepfold number two, Crummock, Low Fell, Loweswater but no Scotland today.
The bridge over Rannerdale Beck - it will be four months till this area is blue with the bluebells.
The base of the crags shown as Dale How on the map.
The path turns the corner here and descends the final slope back to Hause point, the car, and shortly a nice cup of tea.
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Technical note: Pictures taken with my Canon G7 or Ann's Ixus Digital cameras.
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Previous walk - 24th January 2008 A cool and breezy but dry High Nook
A previous time up here - 4th April 2007 A Rannerdale Scramble with the boys