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" Mosser Road and Back "
Date & start time: 20th April 2020. 3.45 pm start.
Location of Start : By the red phone box, Loweswater, Cumbria, Uk. ( NY 143 211 ).
Places visited : Road walk to Jon's Chair and back across the fells.
Walk details : 3.6 mls, 825 ft of ascent, 1 hours 30 mins.
Highest point : The Matterhorn Rock below Low Fell, 975ft - 300m.
Walked with : Myself and our dogs, Dylan and Dougal.
Weather : Sunshine and blue skies, but an easterly breeze as we rounded Low Fell.
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Normally on this walk we park at the start of the Mosser Road and, if doing a linear walk, go back and fetch the car later.
In the spirit of non-driving I walked with the dogs the mile or so to the turn, much less of a problem at present due to lack of traffic.
It also allowed me to take a closer look at the scenery as I walked along.
The weather this Easter has been fine, a bit too dry for the grass but the morning dew must help a little.
However with the high pressure the winds have tended to be north-easterlies which are rather cool, so temperatures are not like the south.
What is noticeable with the lack of cars and people is the silence and the spring bird song which has been seemingly better than ever.
What could possibly break the magic ?
Think the loudest noise you can without the house actually falling down around your ears . . .
F15's presumably from the US Air Force have been out on manoeuvres,
flying repeatedly over the house on some days and not always this high above the ground.
If you get one then you usually get two, so here's the second roaring overhead, chasing the other up the valley,
flying low between the mountain passes. Even the dogs stopped and looked up and they are not aircraft fans !
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After a busy morning and a late lunch it was time to take the dogs out for a walk.
With the lack of road traffic the first part of this walk would be a lot more enjoyable today.
Walking gives you time to think and remember what you know of places . . . this is Rose Cottage.
It has been many things in its long life.
In 1839 a new school was built further up the hill, as Rose Cottage was far too small.
The upper floor became the School House residence and the ground floor a space for 80 pupils, though usually only 40 attended.
[ Many thanks to Sheila Richardson and Pat Evans's book 'Loweswater' for the information.]
The left hand, single story extension was added only after the school closed in 1948, when the building became the Village Hall.
More details on that can be found on a previous web page here.
High Cross / Long House on the brow of the hill . . . the farm buildings are still in agricultural use but the farmer is no longer resident.
The white house is self-catering accommodation, ready for when groups of friends are allowed to return
or when larger families want to spend time enjoying the area and the spacious accommodation on offer.
Over the brow of the hill and we get our first view of Loweswater, sparkling in the sunshine.
There's some blue smoke in the air, it's not a problem with the picture !
The local farmer is having some fencing done and is burning off the cleared brash from the hedge.
Passing Crabtreebeck Cottage, now repaired and refurbished after a flooding problem.
The beck which travels down the side of the house and under the road by the green fence, burst its banks higher up and flooded through the house
and back garden. The problem is now fixed and the house is looking lovely again.
As it happens, the house was also the scene of a tragic and much more major flood in 1828. Click here for a newspaper report from the time.
In hindsight this second photo would have looked even better if I had temporarily moved the re-cycling bin !
Where the beck enters the lake I notice the owners have built a rustic bench where they can sit and enjoy the view.
" We'll give you a pound for every strayed animal " the Parish said.
Not a pound in money . . . a 'Pound', Pinfold or enclosure to keep stray farm animals whilst the owners came to collect them.
The notice on the road side gives details if you are passing.
Where's Dougal . . . he's shot down the bank hoping for a swim or a stick to chase.
We often park at the signpost and walk this track.
Today I've already been walking for half an hour before I reach this point.
That sparkle on Loweswater remains as the sun continues to shine over Burnbank Fell.
Up to Jon's Seat . . . normally the dogs stop here for treats but they seem to have forgotten today.
The seat was placed as a tribute to Jon Duff and a plaque added for his wife Enid after her passing in 2010.
The question about who they were has been answered by a regular viewer of the website :-
Thanks very much for this and the rest of the information you sent . . . RmH
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The view forward from the seat, encompassing Loweswater and Carling Knott.
Once clear of the trees there's a fine view of Mellbreak, Red Pike, Starling Dodd and Hen Comb.
At the top of the rise the view changes to include Crummock Water and the fells at the head of Buttermere.
Close up of Rannerdale, Fleetwith Pike, Green and Great Gable, seen above the Crabtree Beck woodland.
For those that are about to ask, it is still too early for the bluebells at Rannerdale as they have not yet started to bloom.
I feel the flowers may be a little small and also delayed this year, as the lack of rainfall in the last few weeks won't have encouraged them to grow.
Rounding the corner onto the slopes of Low Fell.
The view ahead alters to a more direct view up Mosedale and White Oak Beck, seen to the left of High Nook Farm.
The Low Fell Matterhorn Rock is broad enough to seat both dogs, albeit not on the sharply pointed top !
The track we have followed from Jon's Chair all the way round the fell leads on to the Lonesome Pine.
The view from there . . . up Crummock Water to Haystacks and Great Gable at the far end of the valley.
A fine oak tree alongside the track as I head back down to Foulsyke.
Another short road walk brought us across to the top the gate, into the big field opposite.
The walk continues over to the Vicarage and then home . . . but then you should know that by now.
No more photos of the walk today as I know I can leave that to your imagination.
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Other nice things that have happened in the last few days
has been the arrival of more of your photos, with the stories of your local walks and events.
Finally . . . a cartoon from the last few days just to amuse you during this time of restricted travel.
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 . . . a smile on your face and a list of jobs that need doing !
Previous walk - 18th - 19th April 2020 - Latterhead and Whinny Ridding
A previous time up here - 4th May 2017 - Darling Fell to home with Trevor & Gill
Next walk - 25th April 2020 - Sunrise to Sunset and Crummock