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" Jenna's week in the Lakes with Ruth "

Date & start time:    Friday 17th - 22nd August, 2018. 

Location of Start :   By the red phone box, Loweswater, Cumbria, Uk. ( NY 143 211 )

Places visited :         Loads.

Walk details :             Sale Fell, Scale Force, Bowder Stone, Latrigg, Barrow Fell.

Highest point :          Barrow Fell, 1,494ft - 455m.

Walked with :             Ruth & Jenna, (Ann, myself and Dylan for the Sale Fell walk).

Weather :                    Heavy rain easing over the week.

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Our youngest daughter is back up in the Lakes for a week of her school summer holidays,

and her house mate Ruth has travelled over with her for her first visit to this part of Cumbria. 

Hopefully the weather will allow them to explore many of the local highlights.

In view of the poor weather and low cloud, our first fell walk,

was a return walk for Ann and I to Sale fell . . . you might recognise the gate and "toodles" behind the sign.

Up the steep slope to start this time . . . easier than descending later .
A reasonable photo of me for a change.

The cloud is down on Watch Hill across the way.

Dylan pausing on the rocks of Dodd Crag on the way up . . .

. . . while a family of Kestrels glide and hover above.

[ There was a third kestrel in the group but no chance of getting three in one picture.]

The rounded grass summit of Sale Fell and a big misty sky.

Ruth having nothing to do with the others ?

Ann's is drying her coat sleeve after brushing past a wet gorse bush earlier.

With time in hand, a short walk found us on Lothwaite Fell,

not to the true summit, just the seat with the view.

Dylan claims the seat.

Well nobody was really keen to sit on the cold wood and have their feet in the puddle.

We reversed our route from a few weeks back and walked down from here and back through Chapel Wood.

There seemed to be a gathering at the old Chapel . . . waterproofs and hymn books to hand.

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It turns out that the ruins of the old Wythop Church

are host to a religious gathering once a year,

on the third Sunday in August.


Local parishioners and any visitors who wish,

meet up at the site of the old chapel on this day

and a local minister leads the service

and prayers.


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We were welcome to join if we wanted

but had other plans already made.

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Jen and Ruth had tour tickets booked for 4pm so drove there straight after the walk.

In the evening we sat intrigued as Dylan watched YouTube on the iPad.

Ann had found a video of " three week old golden retrievers" for him to watch.

Little does he know what we have planned for in five weeks time !

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After our evening meal the iPad went away

and a new box appeared on the table.

Jen and Ruth had brought up this new board game for us to try.

It is based on colour cards in your hand and you build railway tracks

and score points for linking cities and joining routes together.

I'll let wikipedia explain how to play it . . . here

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Time to let the dog out before bed and to feed the hedgehog . . . now that's a new expression for us.

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Jenna had lots of other plans in mind so here are a few pictures of hers from the rest of the week . . .

We drove to Buttermere one day and after collecting some eggs the girls walked home the long way . . . via Scale Force.

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Plenty of water in the falls today.

A photo to show they made it there okay !


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Next day the headed for Windermere and returned via the Amazon Rain Forest . . .

Well it could be easily confused in these conditions.

Maybe this is more of a clue for Wainwright buffs ?

Yes, they stopped off to climb the Bowder Stone in Borrowdale, before returning home via Honister.

The weather seemed to be improving as the week went on . . .

so I dropped the girls at Thackthwaite for them to climb up Low Fell to enjoy the ridge walk.

The Grasmoor view from the summit.

Crummock and Buttermere from the southern viewpoint,

before dropping off the end to make their way back to the cottage.

Jenna wanted to visit the gear shops in Keswick and perhaps manage a short, dry walk in that area.

This was the view back as they drove up Newlands pass from Buttermere.

As it happened, the weather did improve and whilst on Latrigg even the sun came out !

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They had time to climb a second fell

if they were quick.


Barrow on the other side of the valley

is always good value for money.


A quick drive across to Braithwaite

and they were soon climbing the grassy path

to the top of Barrow Fell.


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The Latrigg view reversed as they look out on Keswick and Derwent Water from the top of Barrow.

The top of Blencathra was nearly out and long distance views included the Pennines through the Penrith gap.

A lovely walk down to Barrow Door and then right onto Stile End.

Causey Pike with its distinctive crinkled summit and even Sail Fell and Ill Crag were clear of cloud now.

A sunny end to the week . . . celebrated in style.

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Jenna and Ruth have gone back now

but for those of you who are able to make it up to the Lakes this week,

it is the day of the Loweswater Show on Sunday 2nd.


All the fun of the country fair will be on offer

at this, one of the larger local Cumbrian Shows.


The event will be held in the Lorton Valley

between Lorton and Loweswater.

Proceedings start at 10 am and go on till about 5pm.

Maybe we'll see you there.


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Technical note: Pictures taken with either Ann's Panasonic Lumix TZ60, my Panasonic Lumix Gx8 Camera or various phones.

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

This site best viewed with . . . tickets to the show ... available on the gate on the day.

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