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" Crummock and Rannerdale Knotts "
Date & start time: 3rd and 5th November 2012.
Location of Start : The red phone box, Loweswater , Cumbria, Uk ( NY 143 211 )
Places visited : Scale Hill and Rannerdale Knotts.
Walk details : Two local walks to enjoy the views and walk the dogs.
Highest point : Rannerdale Knotts, 1,160ft - 355m
Walked with : Myself (Nov 3rd) Ann and the dogs, Harry and Bethan (Nov 5th).
Weather : Snow on the tops . . . she had more sun than I did !
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The first snow of the winter fell on the Lake District on November 1st. 2012,
and the tops of the fells turned white, really heralding the change of seasons.
Here two walks are combined showing the local views close to home.
Saturday 3rd Nov, my first non-working day at home after the first snow fall of the winter.
This was the view from our garden up to Haystacks and Great Gable.
There's a bit of sunshine about . . . but not a lot !
Time for a local walk into Scale Hill Woods.
The top of Lanthwaite Hill above the woods.
Grasmoor has a fresh covering of snow but it didn't extend down to the valley . . . here it fell as rain.
A slight change of colour as the late afternoon sun made an appearance.
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On the Sunday the weather changed completely and it held for a second day, allowing Ann another longer, local walk.
We parked beneath the steep face of Rannerdale Knotts just along from the Hause.
Half-term holidays have come and gone and it looks as if we have the place to ourselves.
Harry and Bethan waiting for the magic word 'go!'
View across from the car park, along Crummock with Mellbreak in shadow to the left
and Low Fell basking in sunshine at the far end.
After the initial short, steep climb we set off up the grassy, but very sodden track.
The head of Crummock
with snow covered Great Gable peeking out behind Haystacks
That irresistible view along the Lake again.
. . . and from higher up on the steep slope.
One reason for the wet paths is a spring high up on the crags . . . as well as all the summer rain.
The colours are glorious today.
Low Ling Crag, the isthmus protruding into the lake, is just catching the sunlight.
I sat a while to drink in the beauty of the view.
From higher up Loweswater (to the left) has come into view.
Bethan at the viewpoint
She seems to love this spot and we have many a photo of her here.
She seems to be drinking in the view too !
Joined by Harry who came over from the summit as we were taking so long !
The wonderful array of peaks at the head of Buttermere.
The lake itself is darkened in patches by the reflection from the High Stile ridge.
Robinson has a covering of snow, High Snockrigg immediately in front has not.
The Rannerdale valley to the left is in deep shadow
so I decided we wouldn't leave the ridge to return to the car that way.
Very little snow on Whiteless Pike . . . almost living up to its name.
Looking back along the ridge from the second summit crag.
Herdwick and a sparkling lake.
Snow covered fells, lakes, autumnal colours, sunshine . . . and a Herdie sheep . . . perfect !
We are bathed in sun rays on our way down.
As Rannerdale valley was in shadow, we descended the steep face diagonally down the sunny side towards Crummock.
This has now become a possibility since the bracken has died off . . . it is too dense for comfort in the summer months.
Further down . . . and time to take in the rich Autumn colours of the larch.
Looking back up to the ridge we have descended from . . . High Snockrigg to the right with snow-covered Robinson behind.
The path we joined is behind us now.
Harry takes a breather while I stop for yet another photo.
Almost a complete circle now . . .
. . . back to where we started.
One more enjoyable treat for the dogs before getting into the car for the short journey home.
"One must have a swim in the icy-cold water !!"
"Can you understand why she never comes in to join us."
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Technical note: Pictures taken with either Ann's Canon Sureshot SX220, my Canon G10 or 1100D SLR digital cameras.
Resized in Photoshop, and built up on a Dreamweaver web builder.
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