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Date & Time: Saturday 22nd November 2008. 2.30 pm start.

Location of Start : Honister Hause, Buttermere Valley, Cumbria, Uk. ( NY 225 135 )

Places visited : Up past the Yew Dale Quarries to Dale Head and return the same way.

Walk details : 2.5 mls, 1300 ft of ascent, 2 hrs 20 mins.

Highest point : Dale Head 2473 ft ( 753m )

Walked with : Myself (Ann) and Jo plus our dogs, Jodie, Harry and Bethan.

Weather : Overcast but fine. It cleared later to give a nice sunset.

Jo looks down on Honister Hause at the start of the walk.


Roger's at work today so Jo and I decide on a visit to Honister.

The two objectives today are to do a little local shopping for Christmas gifts and to enjoy the late afternoon weather whilst giving the dogs a good walk.

After some successful gift buying, we leave the car at Honister and set off up the fell side.

The ground is partially frozen at this level making for pleasant,dry walking.
Jo spots Mark arriving in his green helicopter !

Jo looking back towards Grey Knotts which towers above the Honister Mine buildings.

Summit attained ! Jo with Jodie, Bethan and Harry.

The Newlands Valley with Skiddaw and a glimpse of Bassenthwaite in the distance.

Jo is taking a photo of . . . .

Esk Pike, Great End and Scafell Pike.

The dogs make their way over to our (late!) lunch spot

A photographic study of thoughtful, scrounging faces as we eat lunch !!!

Jodie and Bethan

On our descent, a band of sunny weather seems to be heading our way.

The Helvellyn ridge is in the distance.

Jo admires the sunlight as it transforms the fell sides.

The Dodds and Helvellyn ridges are bathed in late afternoon sunshine.

It was cold up here today and Harry enjoys cracking the ice on the small frozen tarn.

"Why can't I get muddy today?"

Sunlight on Bowfell in the far distance. The change in light has given the fells new dimensions.

Nearly back to base at Honister Mine.

Sunset colours in the sky behind Honister Crags. The mine road snakes up the fell side on the left.

Honister's Via Ferrata can just be seen as it slopes diagonally up the face of the Crag.

Final view of the sunset and some colourful clouds above Grey Knotts.

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Technical note: Pictures taken with with Ann's Ixus 75 Digital camera.

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