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Date & Time: Monday 8th September 2008. 1.45 pm start.

Location of Start : Thackthwaite Village, Cumbria, Uk. ( NY 148 237 )

Places visited : Thackthwaite, Watching Crag, Low Fell, southern top, Scots Pine, Foulsyke and home.

Walk details : 3.25 mls, 1150 ft of ascent, a 3 hr stroll over the fells.

Highest point : Low Fell 1,387ft ( 423m )

Walked with : Jill and Nigel, Liz and Barrie, Jo, Jayne, James, Ann and the OFC dogs: Jodie, Sam, Harry and Bethan.

Weather : Sunshine at last, but not wall to wall . . . still . . . can't complain !

Liz, Barrie and Ann at the start (photo courtesy of Jo)


As if to make up for the poor weekend weather, the sun came out on Monday and a group of nine OFC friends has gathered at Oak Cottage.

They all needed a dry walk and Low Fell was Liz and Barrie's preferred choice on the day.

Jo poses at the start, Barrie is not quite so relaxed !
He assured us he was looking for a dog's lead in his pocket.

Underway at last, the OFC group make their way up through Thackthwaite Village.

Autumn is with us I think

as the berries and hips

make a colourful scene in the gardens

in the centre of the village.

We take the lane up from Thackthwaite Farm towards the open fell.

Lorton Vale is in sunshine but there's dark cloud over the other side of Lord's Seat and Broom Fell.

New House Farm and the large field in front that was to host the Loweswater Show.

Unfortunately, all the rain and subsequent waterlogged ground forced the cancellation of this and many other locals shows recently.

Crummock Water and the High Stile Ridge from the fell gate.

Grasmoor is the cloud topped fell to the left.

A gaggle of photographers against a backdrop of Fellbarrow.

Gates are always a great place to stop, chat and re-group.

Jill stops to photograph some local flora . . .
. . . doing a David Bellamy - getting right down to it.

Jayne and Liz make their way up the zig-zags around the back of the fell.

Ah . . . Jo takes a picture of Barrie's stubble !

Nigel standing on Watching Crag to catch a view of Grasmoor

Out in the Solway there's a barge laying the foundation for a new set of offshore wind turbines.

A view through the stile.

Liz and Barrie.

They chose this fell as it is one of the remaining Wainwright Fells that they hadn't previously walked together.

Harry and Bethan stop on the steep ascent to Low Fell summit.

Behind are the Buttermere Fells including Rannerdale Knotts and Haystacks.

Summit jubilation !!
Jayne and Liz by the summit cairn.
Jayne and I have a mad moment on the summit.

Hold your cursor over the right hand photo for more of that mad moment !

There were several other mad moments and conversations too, but we have omitted the photos to protect the guilty.

The sunshine must be infectious.

Group photo and a potentially bad hair day location on the southern viewpoint of Low Fell.

Nigel, Ann, Liz, Jayne (front) Jo, Jill and Barrie plus dog Sam.

Sunlight shimmering on Loweswater - that's been a rare scene in recent months.

Great Borne at the far end of Mosedale, with Mellbreak and Hen Comb on either side of the valley.

Another photo opportunity, this time for Jill as she looks down on the Loweswater fields.

Our four canine friends, Jodie, Harry, Bethan and Sam.

Harry and Bethan - photo by James.

We look down on Foulsyke House . . .
. . . and Loweswater Church next to the Kirkstile.

If you live here Jill, all this could be yours.

Leaving the southern top, we drop rapidly down the steep slope and round towards the Pine Tree.

The local landmark on the side of Low Fell, with Oak Bank Farm below.

Another photo opportunity.

The cloud has risen till it just sits on the summit of distant Great Gable

The Pine offers a fine foreground for several different views.

Back down through the woods to the footpath near Foulsyke House.

Just a few fields further on and we're nearly home . . . that will be tea for nine then.

Someone put the kettle on please !

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Technical note: Pictures taken with my Cannon G7 or Ann's Ixus 75 Digital cameras.

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Previous walk - 7th September 2008 A damp Three Peaks Challenge

A previous time up here - 2nd September 2006 A wet and windy Low Fell walk and the OFC Dinner