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A short ramble to Crummock Water

March 9, 2014

A mixed day of sunshine and showers, some of the latter icy, probably falling as light snow on the higher fells of Lakeland. And on the journey to Scalehill Bridge in Lorton Vale, so many lovely stands of snowdrops – a reminder of our fading winter.Lanthwaite Woods and Crummock Water 003

We started our walk from the National Trust car park at Scalehill Bridge, on the road from Lorton Vale to Loweswater. There is a charge, though it is free for NT members.

Then walked up through Lanthwaite Woods and along the bridleway to Lanthwaite Gate. Terrific views of the great west face of Grassmoor. The mountains to that side free of snow. But looking along the length of Crummock Water, great patches of the white stuff on Red Pike and High Stile.Lanthwaite Woods and Crummock Water 004

From the farm at Lanthwaite Gate, we strolled down the lane to take the steep path running parallel to the southern boundary of High Wood, leading down to Crummock Water itself, looking in the overcast light like something out of Arthurian myth.

We followed the shore southwards for a while before returning back to High Wood, pausing on the bench near to the old boathouse as the path enters Lanthwaite Wood, watching people’s dogs dive into the water and then come ashore for vigorous shakes. Then back to Scalehill Bridge.

Not a long ramble but very pleasant if you have only an hour or two to spare.Lanthwaite Woods and Crummock Water 012

3 Comments leave one →
  1. March 9, 2014 11:45 am

    Your pictures & description make me want to return to a landscape I love.

  2. March 9, 2014 11:22 pm

    I remember a long and weary shortcut along that path once – I’d done a bit day in the Loweswater Fells, ticking a great many Wainwrights off and was due to get a lift back off my parents. When I got back, they’d disappeared so I had to walk back to Buttermere Youth Hostel where we were staying! it is a lovely lane though πŸ™‚

    Lovely photos of my favourite Lakeland valley πŸ™‚

  3. March 9, 2014 11:23 pm

    * a big day – sorry!

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