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Date & start time: Wednesday 6th May 2009. 4.30 pm start.

Location of Start : The red phone box, Loweswater , Cumbria, Uk ( NY 143 211 )

Places visited : Scale Hill Bridge, Lanthwaite Woods, Lanthwaite Green, Gasgale Force and back to Lanthwaite Gate, through the woods and home.

Walk details : 3.6 ml, 900 ft of ascent, 1 hours 30 mins.

Highest point : Gasgale Valley waterfalls 875 ft ( 267m )

Walked with : Myself and the dogs, Harry and Bethan.

Weather : A grey sort of afternoon but clearing, apart from a brief shower.

A local walk . . . where shall we go today.


A wet day clears towards the end of the afternoon and it's time to give the dogs a walk.

My local walk down by the lake was extended to include the waterfalls of Gasgale Gill

to see how the overnight rain has swollen the beck.

The day has cleared but the clouds are still down on the high fells.

The young lambs are growing . . . and this one is growing dirtier by the day.

Roadside Bluebells are more advanced than last week . . .
. . . and now the Welsh Poppies are braving the weather.

Overnight rain has swollen the river and it is rushing past the weir at Scale Hill bridge.

The small weir further up has been lost to the water.
Heavier rains have washed the top soil off the path.

At the lake the water is overflowing the river side wall

and the strong winds cause the waves to cascade over the main weir.

The sun is shining and the water is warm . . . how about a swim ?

Looks more like white water rafting weather to me !

The strong winds are making May seem more like November.

At the beach the large Scots Pine seems unmoved by the weather.

The old boathouse had it's heyday when the Scale Hill Hotel was entertaining it's Victorian guests.

The local fields are drained by two streams which almost join but don't . . .
. . . they continue on, rather strangely, either side of the wall.
Leaving the wood I crossed over towards Lanthwaite Green.
This is Lanthwaite Cottage close under Grasmoor.

A new gate allowed me easy access to the main road alongside Lanthwaite Farm.

A faint green path crosses from the farm towards Gasgale Valley.

Looking back, the bulk of Mellbreak is almost clear of the woods.

As I suspected, there's plenty of water on the beck today.

Harry leads the way up the valley, rock climbing as he went . . . I took the higher path above the tree.

The awkward step in the narrowest part of the valley is as far as we go today,

through Harry and Bethan would love to go on.

A faster shutter speed freezes the movement of the water in the falls.

Time to be getting back . . .

but also time to be wrapping up against a brisk squall that's crossing the valley.

Down to the lower bridge over Lisa Beck where the gorse is in full bloom.

Back over the road and through the gate onto the bridleway leading back into Lanthwaite Woods.

Looking back at Gasgale Gill and Lanthwaite Gate houses.

Technically they are a house short as the owner has just got permission to demolish a perfectly good house in order to build something more modern. Lets hope the Secretary of State, who has overridden the local planning board, has approved a sensible looking house for this prominent position.


The Anatomy of a Wall.

This is a classic profile of a newly completed dry stone wall.


Large stones form the lower level

gradually rising and reducing in width

giving it the classic tapered cross section.


A large flat stone

acts as a cross brace

which holds the wall together.


Infill with small stones and top with something

to deter the sheep from jumping up and you're done.

The bridle way continues on into the woods as we start to descend.

Probably an old mine exploration, this undercut cliff is known as Barty's Cave.

The final walk back to the cottage and we pass a small patch of woodland bluebells, courtesy of Jenkin House.

I think this is where we came in !

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