Date & Time: Monday 3rd March 2008. 12.30 pm start.
Location of Start : The red phone box, Loweswater, Cumbria, Uk. ( NY 143 211 )
Places visited : Muncaster House, the Pump House, High Park, Mosedale Pool, Kirkstile Inn and back
Walk details : 3.5 mls, 500 ft of ascent, 2 hrs 30 mins.Highest point : Refreshments at the Kirkstile
Walked with : Jo, Angie and David, Ann and the dogs, Jodie and Megan, Bailey, Harry and Bethan.
Weather : Morning hail has melted away and now it's sunny but changeable, with a sudden snow shower passing through as we get back to the cottage.
Grasmoor at the start of the walk
Angie and David are in the Lake District on holiday and they were able to get over to Loweswater.
Jo, whose car is temporarily incapacitated, stayed on (she had no option) so a local walk is in order this early afternoon.
Crummock Water looking up to the Buttermere Valley.
Rannerdale Knotts is the small fell in the centre.
Zooming in on High Snokrigg, the outlier of Robinson Fell to the left.
We walked the Water Board lane towards the lake. Ahead is the imposing bulk of Great Gable - a suitable name !
Crossing the Park Beck bridge over the infant River Cocker.
The Pump House. [ Crummock supplies water for the west coast towns of Cockermouth and Workington etc.]
Crufts on Tour - Bethan, Harry, Megan, Jodie and Bailey
with Angie, Ann, Jo and myself in the background.
That's better, we can see the view behind now !
Further round, Hopegill Head is now in full view up Gasgale Gill Valley.
There's some good snow up there after last night's poor weather.
Ann relaxes on her favourite outdoor chair - there's no rush this afternoon after all.
Perhaps she's looking down the lake at Red Pike . . .
. . . or at the wider view of the High Stile Ridge.
Perhaps it was the superb view of Great Gable and Haystacks, seen closer as we are now down at the lake side.
Time to be off.
We head off around the lake towards Mellbreak and will be climbing up alongside the wall to the left shortly.
Fast moving clouds across the fells as we climb by the wall.
The bridle way path around the back of Flass Woods.
The path joins the Mosedale Track.
David walks a short way up the Mosedale Valley to get a better view of the snow capped Starling Dodd.
About turn and we head for home.
But there's something blocking the way ahead . . .
. . . Refreshments at the Kirkstile.
As we walk home, the weather changes rapidly,
and a snow shower crosses the lake where we had been standing just a short while ago.
Back home a short while later, the cloud clears from Whiteless Pike.
An a new layer of snow graces the top of Grasmoor.
There's more snow forecast tonight too. I wonder what tomorrow will bring ?
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Technical note: Pictures taken with my Canon G7 or Ann's Ixus Digital cameras.
Resized in Photoshop, and built up on a Dreamweaver web builder.
This site best viewed with . . . time to appreciate the local area as well.
Previous walk - 1st March 2008 High Winds on High Tove
A previous time up here - 27th April 2007 A local Loweswater Day