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Date & start time: Sunday 11th October 2009. 4 pm start.

Location of Start : Roadside at the top of Whinlatter Pass, Cumbria, Uk ( NY 205 245 )

Places visited : Whinlatter Forest, Whinlatter top, Brown How and return.

Walk details : 3.1 mls, 750 ft, 2 hrs 5 mins.

Highest point : Whinlatter Summit 1,722ft ( 525m)

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

Weather : A lovely, sunny late afternoon.

 Whinlatter Summit Walk at EveryTrail

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Back from holidays in Scotland, Ann and I take the chance to get out in the Sunday afternoon sunshine and walk the dogs on Whinlatter,

appreciating the rather better weather at the end of a rather damp week.

Parking at the summit of the road pass over Whinlatter.
New signs for the popular mountain bike trails.
Woodland sculpture - still life on the post . . .
. . . but real life subjects pause under the squirrel aerial ropeway.

Harry and Bethan pause by the forest nature trail sign. A few years back, before the new plantation of trees started to spring up

I seem to remember a signboard all about the view across to Grisedale Pike.

Walking up through the forest tracks we start to get a view back.

There was Great Mell Fell in the distance.

A little higher and a little wider, the view of Keswick backed by Clough Head.

The view continues to widen as we reach the edge of the forest . . . the full extent of the Helvellyn fells are now clear to see.

Up on the heather ridge leading to the summit we are into the late afternoon sunshine and our view is now complete.

Looking round, Skiddaw, Skiddaw Little Man and Blencathra appear over the tops of the trees.

Ann takes a slightly lower path as we walk the ridge opposite Lords Seat summit.

One last down and up and we'll be there.

Summit bid successful at the first attempt !

It's clear enough to see the Scottish hills in the background.

Sunshine catching the fell wall as we walk on towards the western summit of Brown How.

The major fell here is Grisedale Pike again.

From the crescent shaped wind shelter we can look down on Lorton Valley and the distant Solway Plain.

Turning round for the walk back, the sunshine exaggerates the browns of the heather now it has finished flowering.

The carn fairies have been busy re-building the small cairn while we have been away ;o)

They know we are on the way back to the car . . .

so they can use up all their spare energy in running and tumbling with each other on the soft moorland grass.

The fence and tree arrangement are almost alpine as we look across towards Skiddaw once again.

We'll follow the fence line down to the right and almost "fall" down the steep slope alongside the wire.

It must have been colder than I remember !
Tucked in the forest, a rather fine Fly Agaric toadstool.

Ann reaches the same stile . . .

which now looks completely different with the low sun creating a dramatic silhouette.

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Back home . . .

Sunday 11th was someone's birthday . . . five candles means it's Bethan's turn for first bite at the cake.

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During the week we had a phone call and visit from 'viewers' of Loweswatercam.

Luc and Ria Porter were over from Belgium and made a special effort to come over to see us.

They are related to Koen and Ans who we we met and walked with before our recent holiday.

It is quite amazing where the internet takes our web site photos and Ann and I would like to take this chance to thank everyone for all the kind thoughts, interesting comments and best wishes that we have received as a result of posting our walk photos.

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Technical note: Pictures taken with either Ann's Canon 75 or my Canon G10 digital camera.

Resized in Photoshop, and built up on a Dreamweaver web builder.

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