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" Local and Sale Fell "
Date & start time: Days up to Wednesday 28th November 2012.
Location of Start : Near St Margaret's Church, Routenbeck, Cumbria, Uk ( NY 191 302 )
Places visited : The Rivings, Sale Fell, Dodd Crag and back.
Walk details : 2 mls, 750 ft of ascent, 1 hour 15 mins.
Highest point : Sale Fell, 1,177ft - 359m
Walked with : Ann and the dogs, Harry and Bethan.
Weather : A changeable week leading to a sunny but cold, frosty afternoon walk.
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A miscellany of photos from recent days, culminating in a walk up Sale Fell this afternoon.
Plenty of visitors, human and otherwise, plenty of weather and plenty to look back on and remember with affection.
Join us for some of the recent days in Loweswater.
Cloudy skies but as often happens, the sun bursts through late afternoon
to illuminate the last of the autumnal colours in the garden.
An afternoon visit from a friend and member of the OFC . . . a Lady in Pink . . . a recently published author
Tanya with her 'borrowed' sister-in-law's dog Tilly.
They enjoyed a local walk down to the beach at Crummock Water and our two enjoyed the company too.
Did you notice it has rained a bit lately ?
Fortunately, though we had plenty of the stuff, it was not as extreme as in other parts of the country
This red squirrel, one of two who regularly visit the garden at the moment,
is taking advantage of the shelter of the bird table to open and enjoy a meal of hazel nuts.
The same morning we noticed a rather damp Sparrow Hawk spending time in the garden.
He would swoop in and try to catch one of the smaller birds feeding at the bird table,
not a nice thought but that's nature . . . and if he thrives it must mean the smaller birds are thriving too,
which has got to be a plus for the environment.
It was a cold night and where we had tried to wipe the moisture off the glass, it re-froze in delightful curves.
Add the bright morning sun catching the crystals and there you have it . . . " Three ships a-sailing." ?
Opening the window fully, the sun is just coming up over Rannerdale Knotts
and flooding the Buttermere valley with light.
With the zoom lens Green Gable and Great Gable become the centre of attraction.
The dark fellside in front of Gable is of course, Haystacks.
The water in the foreground is Crummock.
Later in the afternoon I returned for a 'before-and-after' photo.
There's just a hint of cloud blowing over the summit . . . it looks cold up there !
After lunch it was definitely time to take the dogs for a walk
and as we drove out of Lorton Valley and round to Sale Fell the weather cleared even more.
From Hundith Hill we got our first view of the thick snow on Skiddaw.
We parked at St Margaret's Church in Wythop and walked up onto the north side of Sale Fell.
This is Binsey from the seat above the church.
Climbing up to the Rivings and, once again, the snow on Skiddaw comes into view.
'Man-with-arms' walks up to the gate . . . silhouetted against the afternoon sunshine.
One man and his two dogs.
Through the gate and looking back . . . the colours change as the camera reflects the more natural light.
Bright sunshine on Lothwaite and the minor summit of The Rivings.
High cloud above the central fells which reaches out north to cover Grasmoor and Whiteside
has cast a shadow on the Skiddaw snow so it doesn't quite shimmer as brightly as it did earlier.
We were not alone on this fine afternoon out
and this young hound was enjoying the freedom of the fells, with his owners not too far away.
Sale Summit Sitting.
Ann sits to enjoy the view south towards Keswick and the distant Helvellyn fells.
The Helvellyn Range has a good covering of snow above 2400ft, just above the height of Clough Head this end.
Presumably the Lake District Ski Club ski tow will be up and running on the back of Raise.
Zooming in on the highest part of the long ridge . . . Helvellyn Summit.
Technically I suppose the apparent highest point is Helvellyn Lower Man which is obscuring the flat summit plateau and the trig point.
Likewise Whiteside to the left is obscuring Catstycam, but the arête of Swirral Edge just stands out above the coll between them
Ann relaxes and enjoys the view whilst the dogs are getting playful.
Time to be leaving as the sun is setting fast behind Ling Fell.
[ That's a flare on the lens not my Star Wars light saber !]
Binsey once again as we round the fell and walk back down to the car in the trees below.
The last rays of the sun light up the cloud over the coast
. . . as we pause at the seat that we passed soon after the start of the walk.
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Technical note: Pictures taken with either Ann's Canon Sureshot SX220 (on the walks), my Canon G10 or 1100D SLR digital cameras (at home).
Resized in Photoshop, and built up on a Dreamweaver web builder.
This site best viewed with . . . a camera never far away to catch those special moments.
Previous walk - 24th November 2012 Alan's Castle Crag 214
A previous time up here - 23rd Nov 2007 Sale Fell and a Jennings Brewery Visit
Next walk - 1st December 2012 Haystacks with the Family