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Date & start time: Thursday 2nd July 2009. 12.30 pm start.
Location of Start : By the red phone box, Stonethwaite , Cumbria, Uk. ( NY 262 138 )
Places visited : Stonethwaite, Galleny Falls, Johnny House, Black Moss Pot, Blea Rock and back.
Walk details : 4.1 mls, 250 ft, 4 hrs 30 mins including lunch and a swim.
Highest point : Blea Crag by Black Moss Pot. 650 ft ( 200 m )
Walked with : Ann and the dogs, Harry and Bethan.
Weather : Blue skies and sunshine. One of the hottest days so far.
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Stonethwaite has a red phone box too and this was our parking spot for today's walk up the Langstrath Valley.
The warmth of our unusual summer continues so we pack the swimming costumes as well as lunch.
It was so hot that it was a great day NOT to be climbing the fells.
Stonethwaite Village as we start the walk.
We opted for the track across the fields rather than the stoney roadway to the campsite.
The campsite is deserted.
There are a few tents about but everyone is out and about on this predictably fine day.
Eagle Crag stands proud in the centre where the valley splits into two.
The left hand valley is Greenup Gill, leading to Greenup Edge and the path over to Grasmere village. The right hand valley is Langstrath.
Before the river splits there's the first of a series of really nice bathing pools.
Harry has found the first one already.
Bethan also contemplates a swim as Harry retrieves a small stick . . . well he is a retriever !
The right hand of the falls at Galleny Force leads up into Langstrath Valley . . .
Langstrath is basically a norse translation of Long Valley which really starts here at the bridge.
Walking up we pass an old building, a ruin called on the map Johnny House.
Now the full extent of the valley becomes clear.
That's Bowfell in the distance, but the real head of the valley is Esk Hause, out of sight round the corner.
This must be the way to the swimming 'pool' as the people coming the other way have wet hair and are carrying bathing towels.
Harry and Bethan run ahead to say hello . . . . nothing different there then.
The valley looks just as long as it did a mile back when we first turned the corner at the bridge.
No wonder it is called Langstrath.
Still this is as far as we go.
Time for a little relaxation . . . did I tell you it was hot today ?
Partially hidden by the fence, Ann relaxes after our lunch.
Limited rain recently means low water levels and a slow moving river. A long valley full of warm stones has warmed the water beautifully.
It is a delight to take a dip . . . almost as warm as the proverbial bath water.
Down at water level, Harry passes, heading south at a fast rate of knotts.
Heading for the narrows . . .
A change of plan . . .
Heading north again . . .
Looking and behaving like an Atlantic 'golden' Seal, complete with the whiskers.
She wasn't the only one in the water of course.
All good things must come to an end . . . Time Please . . . everybody out !
Bags packed, an extra dab of sun cream and we must make our way back.
Contemplating the day.
Who called me a woolly maggot !
Working our way back down the valley we return to Johnny House, but on the opposite side of the river.
We cross the bridge seen earlier and return by the valley track, passing the waterfalls again.
The gravel track takes us back past the campsite and back to the start of the walk.
Two unplanned events then followed . . . first we decided we had enough time to enjoy a little re-hydration courtesy of the Langstrath Hotel.
Fortunately too, we had remembered some money, which pleased both us and the Landlord.
The second was that we were greeted by a lady in flip flops !
Teresa is a regular viewer of Loweswatercam. She recognised us and the dogs, so introduced herself.
She and her husband Jason hail from Bury St Edmunds, and are up in the Lakes on a walking holiday with their two terriers, Stan and Ernie.
We had a great chat for a few minutes and were introduced to their friends too. Great to meet you all and thanks for saying hello.
To put the record straight, Teresa does walk in boots. . . but she had just changed out of them in order to go for a beer . . . at least that's her story !
Jason confirms that with a "thumbs up" !
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A previous time up here - 15th August 2003 Eagle Crag in Langstrath with the Batchelors
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