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" Fellbarrow with Paula, Al and Abi "

Date & start time: Saturday 23rd August 2014, 2.45 pm start.

Location of Start : Roadside at Thackthwaite, Cumbria, Uk ( NY 148 238 )

Places visited : Thackthwaite, Fellbarrow, Low Fell, down via the Old Pine to home.

Walk details :   4.3 mls, 1460 feet of ascent, 3 hours 3 mins.

Highest point : Fellbarrow, 1,363ft - 416m.

Walked with : Paula, Al, Abi, Ann and our dogs, Harry and Dylan.

Weather : Sunshine and blue skies but with gathering clouds, gentle NW breeze.

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We have family staying and after three days walking the Cumbria Way,

Paula decides on a shorter walk but one no less beautiful on this sunny August day. 

Al is up for the Bank Holiday weekend and with Abi we set off to climb two local fells.

Role call today, Al, Paula, Abi and Ann . . . Tom the missing grandson is away in Switzerland with the Scouts.

We start our walk at Thackthwaite after parking just outside on the Lorton side of the village.

The Village notice board advertises Cream Teas on Sunday,

but sorry, you've missed them.

It also advertises the " First Responders Ceilidh " on Sat 13th Sept

in the Loweswater Village Hall, raising funds for the local group.

Friends, family and visitors welcome . . . apply for tickets here

. . . includes the live music, dancing and refreshments.

We set off up the lane alongside Thackthwaite House and soon climb up into the open fields above the village

where we start to enjoy the views of the high fells on a day that is offering perfect long distance visibility.

Autumn is the season of mushrooms and toadstools . . .
. . . due to the good weather I think they are out early.

Not great on names but this one is a puff-ball.

Two others seen soon after have been included here.
This one is a Boletus, which I believe may be edible (don't quote me)

The sheep were certainly not eating them.

They gathered together across the other side of the slightly muddy dyke as we progressed up the fell.

Out above the intake wall now and the long distance views up the Buttermere Valley are improving as we ascend.

The direct path climbs on the old coffin road across the bracken covered slopes of Low Fell.

We have diverted slightly to climb Fellbarrow as our first summit of the day.

Looking down on New House Farm down in the valley . . .
. . . and across to Lorton Village and the Whinlatter Pass.

New House Farm is the location of the 2014 Loweswater Show

Make a note in your diaries for the first Sunday in September . . Sept 7th . . . see you there.

In the field below is the new Whit Beck Restoration Scheme where the Rivers Trust is diverting the 350m direct drainage stream

into a 1200m naturalised river landscape to aid wildlife and help prevent flooding of the River Cocker with gravel and silt.

Whit Beck is the river that drains the Whinlatter fells and is known higher up as Aiken Beck.

Dylan keeps a wary eye on that bold Herdwick sheep above.
Climbing further and nearing the old larch tree on the ridge.

Scotland . . . the distinctive outline of Criffel seen over the Solway Estuary.

The clear visibility allows us to see a large rain shower out in the channel away to the north.

The gentle breeze is a north westerly so it shouldn't be a problem for us today.

Summiteers . . . Abi
. . . and Dylan, both as pleased as Punch.

As the family strolls on toward our next objective, I take the opportunity for another famous Loweswatercam look around.

Click here or on the photo above for a Loweswatercam 360 degree annotated panorama from the summit of Fellbarrow.

Today we'll skirt around Smithy Fell rather than go over the top.

There's a new stile and a redundant gate.  Abi uses one, Dylan sensibly ignores the other.

Watching on Watching Crag.

We sit for a moment and enjoy the views . . . that's Hopegill Head behind.

On the other side of the grassy knoll the views are extensive, taking in the whole of the Lorton Valley . . . no wonder it is called Watching Crag.

Here the panorama extends from Lorton (with Skiddaw behind), right round to Crummock Water and encompasses the whole of the NW Fells.

Round further we can see the Central and Southern Fells,

with Mellbreak leading to High Stile, leading on further to Great Gable and Scafell Pike.

Closer in now and those individual fells stand out in the clear air.

Folds in the landscape . . . Mellbreak. High Crag, Haystacks, Kirk Fell, Great Gable, Broad Crag and Scafell Pike.

Zooming out as we start the steep, grassy climb . . .
. . . over the stile and up towards Low Fell summit.

Fell number two, number four of Abi's holiday week with us.

For those with an eye on the weather, that cloud defies nature, moving due south towards us despite the north westerly breeze.

On to our last minor summit, the southern viewpoint . . .
. . . passing some rather nice purple heathers.

It's that girl again gracing the summit of the southern top this time.

The best view however is from a little further on . . . so Paula and Al lead the way.

A rival to "Britain's favourite view" of Wast Water and the head of Wasdale.

This is Crummock Water and the head of Buttermere. 

Technically Great Gable is at the head of Ennerdale Valley, the next one round, but who's counting.

Looking down on Mellbreak and the Kirkstile Inn.
Looking right over Loweswater at "The Place"

Zooming in our cottage from Low Fell. 

Our car isn't there as it's down in Thackthwaite at the start of the walk.

The new wildlife pool at Godferhead.
Foulsyke House that we'll pass later on during the walk.

Time to think about heading down.

The path off the end is steep and slippery when the grass is very wet or, for that matter, very dry.

Taking it slowly and carefully and following the sheep tracks avoids the main problems.

Down to the Old Pine Tree.

By the time we get here the cloud is building and the sun has gone in,

making everything a little darker and cooler.

Like a great space ship in a wide screen movie . . . that dark rain bearing cloud has crossed the Solway Plain

and has now caught up with us and now covers the sky above.

We'll look the other way and pretend we haven't seen it . . . perhaps it might not rain before we get home ?

Nice sunshine views up the valley above the Vicarage.
Sunshine again . . . but it is raining a mile across the valley !

We have escaped the apocalypse . . . a few drops fell on our heads but the main shower has moved away over the Grasmoor Fells.

If you look carefully you can see the rainbow less than a mile away.

Rain . . . what rain . . . we return to the cottage . . . home and dry.

Just look at that sky, it is clear again as if nothing untoward had happened at all.

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Just had to include this one . . . next morning the same view . . . with those same north westerly breezes

which have set up a completely different cloud pattern, filling the sky from horizon to the heights.

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Technical note: Pictures taken with either Ann's Canon Sureshot SX220, or my Nikon P520 digital camera.

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

This site best viewed . . . without a rain cloud that defies the rules of the compass.

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