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" Lanthwaite Hill with Dee and John "
Date & start time: Thursday 19th July 2012, 4 pm start.
Location of Start : The red phone box, Loweswater , Cumbria, Uk ( NY 143 211 )
Places visited : Lanthwaite Hill, the Boathouse and weir, Crummock and home.
Walk details : 2.8 mls, 600 ft of ascent, one hour.
Highest point : Lanthwaite Hill, 676 ft ~ 208 m.
Walked with : Dee and John, Ann and the dogs, Amber, Harry and Bethan.
Weather : Overcast but fine. A warm day despite the lack of sunshine.
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A local walk this time and one Ann and I do quite often without the camera.
When our friends asked for a short outing, one their elderly dog could manage, this seemed like a good option.
Fortunately John had his camera handy today.
Our photos today come courtesy of John, seen here on the walk last week.
His photos of this walk and their delight at visiting this small but delightful top for the first time, serve to remind us
what a nice part of the world we live in. Lanthwaite Hill is the wooded hill on the other side of Crummock
and its summit is the grass covered top in the distance above the waterside building.
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Group photo to start the walk . . . (l to r) Bethan, Amber and Harry
Do they all look similar ? That's because Amber is their older half sister.
She is recovering well after a major foot operation last year but with that and her more advanced years she is on "light duties"
in respect of her fell walking activities nowadays.
A mild and humid day as we climb up from Scale Hill Woods and reach the open ground above.
A fine view down the Vale of Lorton.
That's Lorton's Kirk Fell ahead and Whinlatter Pass, starting up the valley from Lorton village, is off to the right.
Surprise . . . a fine white horse on the summit . . . what a great name for a whisky.
Too late. . . it's already been thought of and trademarked !
Two of the three horses that live on this fell most, if not all of the year round.
They are quite amenable to a feed of grass if you care to pick some.
The third horse is a white Shetland pony and didn't feature in the photo
because he was lower down and too short to be seen over the other side of the bank !
The last few footsteps to the summit.
Looking up the length of Crummock Water to Red Pike and the High Stile Ridge.
On a day like today we could see all or part of twenty three different named summits just from this fine little viewpoint.
A full group photo, minus our photographer of course, to record the moment.
We declined to stick our tongues out !
A short while later, after walking down through the trees
we reached the lakeside at the Boathouse beach . . . time for a swim (for them).
It's a "spot the stick" competition.
Dee threw it in for the dogs to collect but I reckon it sank without trace !
Still, a good time was had by all.
Mystery photo of today . . . what phenomena are we looking at and name the location ?
The answer is the meniscus on the lip of the weir at the outflow of Crummock Water with Rannerdale Knotts in the background.
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Reading Wainwright's account of this little fell, as we do sometimes, he mentions the summit is hardly worth turning aside for,
but does go on to extol it's virtues and its history as a viewpoint of the valley and encourages you to walk there as we have done today.
See the North Western Fells Pictorial Guide for Grasmoor 3 for his interesting paragraph about the hill.
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Technical note: All pictures (except the first one) were taken by John on his Canon G12 digital camera.
Resized in Photoshop, and built up on my Dreamweaver web builder.
This site best viewed with . . . images downloaded from someone else's camera !
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A previous time up here - 1st March 2007 A local Scale Hill walk
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