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" Fellbarrow and Low Fell with Dave "
Date & start time: 1st September 2011, pm start.
Location of Start : Roadside at Thackthwaite, Lorton Valley, Cumbria, Uk ( NY 148 235 )
Places visited : Broadmoor Hill, Hatteringhill, Fellbarrow, Smithy, Sourfoot and Low Fell.
Walk details : 4.5 mls, 1400 ft of ascent, 3 hrs 5 mins.
Highest point : Low Fell 1387 ft - 423 m.
Walked with : David Leslie and the dogs, Rosie, Holly and Bethan.
Weather : Sunny but with distant haze, especially towards the coast.
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When visitors call they often want to climb something local. Today Dave came over from far away Salterbeck (a whole 10 miles away).
His request was no different but that wasn't a problem as the local fells are all enjoyable walks.
Climbing the same fell again give me the opportunity to change the route slightly and so search for new pictures.
Ann and Harry pass on this one as Dave and I head for the hills.
A fine Monkey Puzzle tree in Thackthwaite . . . opposite the start of the track up towards Low Fell.
Out into the fields and our first view across to the Whinlatter Valley.
Looking the other way we could see passed Grasmoor and up the Buttermere Valley.
The most distant peak, the one beyond the apparent highest one (Great Gable) could be Scafell Pike.
Looking down on New House Farm and the Barn Tearooms on the Lorton Road.
The white marquee is the first of many that will be erected for the Loweswater Show on Sunday.
I suggested a slight change of plan to Dave
so we headed off , following the fence line towards Broadmoor Hill in the distance.
Chance for a few close up of the flowers along the way.
This one might be a Cow Parsley or Chervil but it is not in full bloom.
No problem with this one . . . definitely a Harebell.
Climbing Fellbarrow from Broadmoor Hill.
A close up and clearer view confirms the final summit as Scafell Pike, framed by two rather ragged Scots Pines.
The distant fells are Green Gable, Great Gable, Broad Crag and Scafell Pike, with Kirk Fell, Haystacks and then Rannerdale in front of them
Climbing higher allows us views of Skiddaw and Skiddaw Little Man above Lords Seat.
Bethan climbs the stile to reach the col between Hatteringhill Head and Fellbarrow.
Holly and Rosie took an easier route at grass level under the fence.
The trig point on Fellbarrow looking south to Red Pike and High Stile.
But then I digress . . . in the mean time we've climbed and left Smithy Fell far behind.
Building Dave's fell-fitness with a steep pull up the fence line onto Sourfoot Fell.
A pause to scan the view ahead . . . to the left, the ridge of Low Fell.
To the right, the view over to Darling Fell and Blake beyond.
The stone marks a boundary of some sort, probably the two estates to the west and east. The initials gave no clues.
Continuing our walk towards Low Fell, we start to get into the heather and grassland
that characterises this end of the fell.
Low Fell Southern summit and Dave tries for a photo down to Loweswater to our right.
Holly is more interested in something else . . . but then dogs are not into photography in the same way as us.
This one is always prepared to pose for a photo though . . . Crummock Water from the viewpoint cairn.
As we walked the ridge we were followed by another walker who, by avoiding all the minor summits, managed to catch us up.
It turned out that we had been recognised by a Loweswatercam viewer, John from Manchester who was up on holiday in Bassenthwaite.
Thanks for introducing yourself and saying hello.
Time to be making our way down there . . . will there be scones I wonder ?
There is no specific path off the end . . . just follow the odd sheep track down to the path at the bottom.
Dave tries for the classic dog shot . . . " STAY HOLLY "
No chance !
We make our way down, over the small stile and round to the lonesome Pine.
Whiteside and the Scale Hill cottages seen through a rather rickety gate.
Godferhead and the mighty Grasmoor behind, impressive as ever in the afternoon sun.
Just one more field to cross, a quick cuppa and then a short drive back to Thackthwaite for Dave to fetch his car.
after this lovely linear walk.
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Technical note: Pictures taken with my Canon G10 digital camera.
Resized in Photoshop, and built up on a Dreamweaver web builder.
This site best viewed with . . . extra dog treats to keep Holly on the rock for longer.
Previous walk - 24th August 2011 Pin Mill final day
A previous time here - 13th Dec 2009 A frosty but cloudier Low Fell
Next walk - Sunday 4th Sept 2011 The 2011 Loweswater Show
More pictures from this walk are available on Dave's Picasa Photo Web site