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" Harry's Pool and local with Family "
Date & start time: Thursday 31st August 2017, 11.30 am.
Location of Start : By the red phone box, Loweswater , Cumbria, Uk. ( NY 143 211 ).
Places visited : Kirkgate Farm, Harry's Pool, Flass Woods, Sandy Yat and back.
Walk details : 2.9 miles, 475 feet of ascent, 2 hours 15 mins.
Highest point : Below Mellbreak's Raven Crag, 590 ft - 182 m.
Walked with : Cathy, Abi, Alexander and myself (Ann) and our dog Dylan.
Weather : Sunshine and summer skies.
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Cathy and our grandson, plus granddaughter Abi, are up for a few days and their visit coincides with a week of fine weather.
After sunny Ling Fell their weather luck continues with an extended local walk to Harry's Pool and then across to Crummock Water.
Abi, Alexander and Catherine at Wainwright's negative signpost below the Kirkstile Inn.
Walking up the bridleway to Ennerdale via Kirkgate Farm . . . but we'll not walk all that distance today.
At the point where the fell wall ends, a path turns and dips to cross the beck in order to start the climb to Hen Comb.
There's a set of stepping stones and a deep little pool . . . we know it as "Harry's Pool."
Six soggy feet . . . four of them on the dog !
Towards the end of Flass Wood we can look look across the valley at the Low Fell Ridge and the Lorton Valley.
A slight rise in the path takes us up above High Park, where Grasmoor comes into view once again.
As you summit the ridge the view ahead suddenly includes the whole length of Crummock Water.
Rannerdale Knotts stands at the apex of the bend that gives Crummock Water its ancient name relating to "the curved water".
Downhill all the way to the lake . . . Dylan is first to the water.
On the beach there's chance to skim stones across the water.
Concentration . . . bounce, bounce, count the splashes.
You have to climb up onto the bank to pass behind the fallen tree . . . or over the stones hidden in the water
. . . what a choice to have to make.
A study of Hawthorn with its lovely red berries.
The water level must be fairly low as the stones extend quite a way out into the lake today.
If there's adventure to be had, they'll give it a try.
The first of three stiles on the footpath from Muncaster House to Gillerthwaite.
Alexander helps his Mum . . . and offers to carry the carrier bag of 'The Link' . . . our local valley Parish magazine.
We pick them up from Muncaster House and they'll need distribution to all the neighbours in the next day or so.
Gillerthwaite doesn't need a copy at present . . . there's no-one living there while it is being renovated.
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Technical note: Pictures taken with either Ann's Panasonic Lumix TZ60, or my Panasonic Lumix Gx8 Camera.
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Previous walk - 30th August 2017 - Ling on Ling with Cathy
A previous time up here - 20th August 2015 - Hen Comb with Richard& Hilary
Next walk - 1st / 2nd September 2017 - Two local walks with the Family