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" Sunrise, Fellbarrow and Low Fell "

Date & start time: 8th December 2012, 11.45 am start.

Location of Start : Thackthwaite Village, Vale of Lorton, Cumbria, Uk ( NY 148 236 )

Places visited : Thackthwaite, Fellbarrow, Low Fell, the sheepfold and back to the cottage

Walk details :   4 mls, 1350 ft of ascent, 2 hours 40 mins (a linear walk).

Highest point : Low Fell  1,387ft - 423m

Walked with : Jo, Ann and the dogs, Jodie, Amber, Harry and Bethan.

Weather : Overcast with possible rain on the way.

" Sunrise, Fellbarrow and Low Fell " at EveryTrail

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A lovely winter sunrise again holds the prospect of another nice day for Jo and ourselves. 

However the forecast showed, and the powers that be knew, it wouldn't last . . .

so our Low Fell walk ended up decidedly less sunny than this first picture suggests.

The crack of dawn in Loweswater . . .  about 8.20 am !

Twenty minutes later, the sun is rather dawdling but it has risen sufficiently to lighten the sky.

Another ten minutes and the prospect has changed slightly

as the shadow cast by the rising sun shows up the thicker cloud approaching from the west.

You guessed it . . .  by 11.30 it was decidedly less attractive.

No problem . . . pack all four dogs in the back of the car (!) and our wet weather gear in the rucksacks and we're off.

The start of the walk at Thackthwaite.

[ I put this photo in to show that no animals were harmed in the making of this web page despite the last photo ! ]

Where are the other two . . . they're already out of the picture up the lane.

I didn't know red squirrels could drive.
Out into the fields at the top of the track.

As the weather wasn't too bad we added Fellbarrow to our itinerary

so we took the smaller track off to the right of the main path up Low Fell, heading for the coll at the top right of the picture.

In no time at all we were there . . .

Hatteringill Head over the fence, but we would turn left here and head up to Fellbarrow summit.

Fellbarrow trig point and our first summit of the day.

The snow still holds on the high fells but today's mild weather will surely cause some or all of it to melt.

Heading south in search of the next one.

In work we have a promotional book mark

which we give away to customers. 

They often ask where the picture was taken.

The out of focus background was

confusing at first but now I've placed it

exactly . . . all that is missing is the blonde.

Do you think Fishers might commission me

for more bookmarks in the future ?



The weather would have to be better for a start.

Looking back at Fellbarrow as the ladies start the climb up Sourfoot Fell

This is a small intermediate summit with a second, Smithy Fell, mid picture.

The top of Sourfoot Fell looks across to Darling Fell on the right and Low Fell on the left . . .

and to the bad weather rapidly spreading across in the same direction.

A small boundary stone on the small summit

has a couple of old initials on it.

One could possibly be "M"

which "most likely means Mosser Parish" *


It was raised to vertical once again.

This must be about the third time I've done this.

If I catch the sheep that keeps knocking it over

when using it as a rubbing post

I'll give it what for !

*      Hi Roger,

First, may I thank you for all the pictures you put on your website, very good to see while I'm stuck working in the flatlands of East Anglia!

I was interested in your recent mention of an `M' stone on Sourfoot Fell. I think it might stand for Mosser. If you look at  you'll see that the boundary of the old township of Mosser, part of the parish of Brigham, goes through that point. One might expect the other letter to be L for Loweswater.

D.S.  Cambridge.

Many thanks David, I'll also turn it round 90 degrees next time I'm up there . . . . RmH

The lovely aspect south over Crummock Water

is rather spoilt today as the rain is hiding the long distance views

" Sometime I sit and think . . . and sometimes I just think "

Today we are sitting and thinking where to go next in view of this change of weather.

No point in going on to the southern viewpoint !

. . . so we cut down the fence line towards home.

This descent is renowned as being one of the steepest


and it was made more difficult by the wet grass.




Three cheers for the fence


which was used to steady the descent occasionally.

Down to the round sheep fold found half way down the fell side.

Next objective the old pine . . . watch for the standing water just ahead.

Looking down we see other walkers . . . how many . . . count the legs and divide by four.

One lovely Shetland-type pony . . .
. . . joined by his white coated friend.

Two's company . . . let's start a crowd . . .

Hi Jodie . . . will you be our third friend ?

Hey mum . . . what am I supposed to do now ?

- - - o o o - - -

I think it best if we just say " thanks but no thanks" and get back for a cup of tea !

- - - o o o - - -



Technical note: Pictures taken with either Ann's Canon Sureshot SX220 or my Canon G10 digital cameras.

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

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