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Walk Details - 08/06/2013 A Circuit of the Loweswater Fells

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Ali (Ali Watson)
3034 ft. (GPS Measured)
9.01 miles (GPS Measured)
5hrs 38mins
Me and Betty (the pug)
Small free car park by Maggie's Bridge
Hard
Sunny, hot hot hot, cooling cloud cover half way through
Route:
Holme Wood, Burnbank Fell, Blake Fell, Gavel Fell, Whiteoak Moss, Hen Comb, Little Dodd
Direction:
Anti-clockwise
Type of walk:
Fell walk
Tagged walkers:
Betty

Ali's Walk Summary/Comments:
The day started with a quick visit to Sainsburys in Cockermouth to pick up supplies. Not generally liking being left in the car, Betty wreaked her revenge again, but not in the usual way! I chucked the butties on the b'ack seat and by the time I got in the front she had them open and was helping herself!

The sun was shining brightly as we set off from Maggie's Bridge and the temperature was up around 21 - having forgiven her earlier sandwich transgression, I was a bit worried about how young BetBet would fare in the heat. Firstly she's a pug, a breed not especially noted for their breathing abilities at the best of times. Secondly she is black with a thick coat - basically a small heat sponge! Luckily though, the first bit of the walk was through the shaded Holme Wood.

A short climb saw us up to Holme Force waterfall. We stopped a while to admire this lovely little water feature, then followed a very vague track up by the side of the stream feeding the falls (Holme Beck).

Then we were on the terrace path, and back in glorious sunshine. A fantastic stroll along the terrace path ensued, with wonderful views (albeit behind us) before the arduous trek up to Burnbank. Possibly I didn't pick the best way up, but to be fair there aren't many routes up here marked on the OS map. With relief we reached the top - Betty was suffering heat-wise so I showered her with lots of water!

Fortunately on the wander over to Blake Fell, the sun went behind cloud. Things cooled down significantly and so did BetBet. At the top she had stopped panting and was on the hunt for food. We had an amazingly peaceful lunch, in total isolation and among some fantastic scenery.

Coming off Gavel Fell it looked like young Betty was flagging so I decided to leave out our last target of Hen Comb, cut across Whiteoak Moss and find a way back down the valley. To do this I had to go off path and into long clumpy grass so I picked her up. After a few hundred yards though she was itching to get down. I complied then she was off like a shot after some sheep a hundred yards away! So I thought "Sod it, she isn't that tired", and Hen Comb was back on the agenda! That decided, I headed off right to skirt the base of Floutern Cop.

Thankfully the sun had stayed shrouded for the last hour or so, but decided to make a re-appearance just as we started the climb to Hen Comb... by the time we got to the top we were both panting heavily! I used the last of our water to cool Betty down (a drink then another shower), before we headed off downhill towards Loweswater.

Another fantastic walk in what appears is a very under utilised area of the Lakes as we only saw six other people all the way round. I now have 45 Wainwrights left, and Bettina is well and truly into double figures... 12!

Area:Lake District - Western - Cumbria
Fells climbed:Burnbank Fell - Blake Fell - Gavel Fell - Hen Comb - Little Dodd (Loweswater)
POI's:No POI's.
OS Outdoor Leisure:303 4S
OS Landranger:89
Classifications:
Wainwrights - 4 : Marilyns - 1 : Birketts - 5 : Deweys - 3 : HuMPs - 2

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 ***** WARNING *****
Deep grass across Whiteoak Moss
***** WARNING *****

 
 
 


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