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" Little Mell Fell with Jo "
Date & start time: Saturday 27th April, 2019. 2.15 pm start.
Location of Start : Roadside at The Hause, near Watermillock, Cumbria, Uk. ( NY 423 235 )
Places visited : Little Mell Fell from The Hause.
Walk details : 1 mile, 400 feet of ascent, 55 mins.
Highest point : Little Mell Fell. 1,657ft - 505m
Walked with : Jo, Ann and our dogs Amber, Dylan and Dougal.
Weather : Post - Storm Hannah, blustery sunshine and showers.
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Our visit to Jo at her new caravan at Watermillock was in doubt due to the southwesterly Storm Hannah which was battering the south coast of UK.
This far north however the storm effect was much less and the weather system was just bringing blustery northern showers.
Our morning even dawned with a hint of sunshine so we travelled over to join her for the afternoon.
Sitting in Jo's new van was very pleasant and we enjoyed lunch, watching the sunshine and passing showers.
She's changed from a static tourer to a larger chalet type of caravan to give her more leisurely access to her walks in the Lakes.
After lunch the weather looks more settled so we look for a short, local walk.
Little Mell Fell is local to the site and would provide us with such an outing. Our walk start here on The Hause.
Our route sets off through a lower gate and across to the diagonal green path which leads diagonally across the grassy moorland fell.
The first part of the walk can be a little damp under foot, but the mud can be easily avoided.
The path on the fell above us will be our return route in less than an hours time.
The fence ahead is missing its gate so the stile alongside is currently redundant.
A small signpost directs us up the steep path toward the top.
The northerly breeze has cleared the air and the resultant fine weather allows us views all the way across to the Pennine hills.
The lake is the northern reach of Ullswater but the distant village of Pooley Bridge is hidden by the low Dunmallard Hill on the left.
Looking further to the west and the weather over the Lakeland fells is far less settled.
Zooming in on an old farm house down at Lowthwaite, not far away across the fields.
Sunny but still cool in the strong breeze.
Further around the corner . . . the weather doesn't look quite so good.
The dots on the lens are from an approaching shower.
It starts to spread across in our direction and the view across to Ullswater becomes more restricted.
Fortunately we seem to be lucky and the shower passes us by as the dogs reach the summit of this small but delightful fell.
A wider panorama looking east to the Pennines as Jo and Ann now reach the summit trig point.
My turn to face the camera . . . the summit breeze having become much more like a strong wind.
Dylan sits and looks around on the top of the pillar
The weather changed once again as another blustery shower rushes over the fell.
Unfortunately this time it passed directly overhead and we start to get wet !
No livestock about so Amber is given the chance for a good run around in the rain.
That will warm her up in theses cold conditions, especially cold for me as I had chosen not to wear my waterproof trousers !
Back on the lead a few minutes later as the shower passes and the view returns.
It was a steep walk up so naturally it is also steep walk down, even though we've used a slightly different route.
The fell on this side has a fine display of gorse and the path weaves its way though the bushes.
Clearer views now as the rain finally moves away.
Gradually the sun re-appears and the gorse bushes shine in the sun.
Close up of the flowers, looking across to Ullswater again.
Dougal and Dylan pause on the way along the narrow fellside path.
Nearly back at the start as we work our way around the side of Little Mell Fell.
The path levels out as we near the fence and aim for that missing gate.
The car is parked on the road behind the trees and it will take us the short distance back to the site at Cove at the end of our walk.
Funnily enough the sun came out and stayed out for the rest of the day !
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Technical note: Pictures taken with either Ann's Panasonic Lumix TZ60, or my Panasonic Lumix Gx8 Camera.
Resized in Photoshop, and built up on a Dreamweaver web builder.
This site best viewed with . . . one less shower on this particular walk.
Previous walk - 23rd April - Grisedale Round with Richard and Hilary
A previous time up here - 21st February 2009 Up and down Little Mell Fell
Next walk - 28th April - Holme Wood Bluebells