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" Sunrise and Mellbreak with PPM and A"
Date & start time: Sunday 16th December 2012, 12.05 pm start.
Location of Start : The red phone box, Loweswater , Cumbria, Uk ( NY 143 211 )
Places visited : Mellbreak North Top and back via Mosedale.
Walk details : 3.5 mls, 1500 ft of ascent, 2 hours 10 mins.
Highest point : Mellbreak (North top) 1,654 ft - 509 m
Walked with : Pamela, Peter, Mary, Ann and the dogs, Harry and Bethan.
Weather : The weekend weather was cold and damp and not very encouraging !
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My brother, sister-in-law and sister were up in Loweswater for a weekend visit before Christmas,
but the midweek sunrise didn't hold any promises as to good weather for the weekend.
Still, a walk up Mellbreak is always on the cards, even on a cool, breezy day.
Although there has been some rough weather recently
there have also been some brilliant sunrises.
I was up early at crack of dawn (8.15 am !!) for this one . . . well it was a working day.
As the light grew, so the intensity of the red diminished.
By eight-thirty the colours had changed and the sun was just about to clear the mountain tops.
The change of location means this was taken out of the car window at the Godferhead fingerpost on the way to work.
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As I said, unfortunately the sunshine didn't last till the weekend for the visit of my brother Peter, his wife Mary and my sister Pamela.
Still we enjoyed a couple of damp walks locally on Saturday to see Crummock and Loweswater Lakes and a meal at the Kirkstile that evening
and it was now Sunday morning . . . time to work off a few of those extra calories.
They fancied a walk up our local landmark . . . Mellbreak . . . but couldn't identify a route.
Good job they have a local guide.
Looking back across Church Bridge at the Kirkstile.
The replacement sun room across the front of the pub is looking good . . . it will be ready shortly after a coat of paint in and out.
Mary decided to pass on the steep climb as a recent ankle injury needed tender loving care not abuse
so she left us at this point to walk the bottom track back to the cottage
and then there were four . . . as the nursery rhyme used to say.
Pam stops for a breather during the steep climb up the front.
The view up Crummock Water to Buttermere is a little grey today.
" Thirst after Righteousness " . . . I call this photo every time I take it.
(r to l). . . the slate roofed Church with the tall trees around it and to the left, the white-fronted thirst-quencher pub.
Looking down on the valley . . . a peregrine's eye view you could say
though I haven't see one flying round here for quite some time.
Ann's photo of the the three of us in Mellbreak's northern top
The dogs are checking out what's left of Pam's biscuit, Peter is telling them to look at the camera
and the cold summit breeze is reaching to where cold summit breezes shouldn't reach.
Still, at least it's not raining !
We walked back down the Mosedale side of the fell,
taking the traverse path rather than the straight down, grassy track which would have been very slippery.
You can just see the Mosedale Holly tree in the valley just above Harry in this picture.
Few photos today due to the poorer weather
but a last one here of Church Bridge as we make our way back for a late lunch at the cottage.
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Technical note: Pictures taken with my Canon G10 or (sunrises) my 1100D SLR digital camera.
Resized in Photoshop, and built up on a Dreamweaver web builder.
This site best viewed with . . . after a slap-up meal at the Kirkstile Saturday night.
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A previous time up here - 23rd June 2012 Mellbreak with the Girls
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