Monday, 7 November 2011

Lakes, part five.

Here we are at the top of Grassmoor. There was a howling gale, which necessitated a hat and gloves (but I stuck with the shorts). It wasn't really cold, but VERY windy - the tail end of some Yankee hurricane ;-)
 We hunkered down in the lee of the summit shelter and enjoyed our lunch and a flask of hot coffee. We stayed on the summit for quite a while. We never want to leave once we're up there, it's usually time that dictates.
 Today, there was no real rush, but we eventually made our way back down to Buttermere.
 Of course - after all that hard work, one deserves a reward........ does two - CHEERS

 We decided to take the long route back, as we still had daylight and wanted to take advantage of it. This is the top end of Buttermere.
 Looking back down Buttermere in the improving evening light.
 Fleetwith pike and Green crag.
 Honister pass. I LOVE these Lakeland passes. To drive, photograph or just walk above, all a delight.
 Clearing weather over Catbells, with a finger of light pointing out detail.
 Blencathra, I'm glad we're not up there this evening, it looks a bit dire!
 Fallen leaves on the road home.
 The next morning we had a visit from Dave & Chris, who own Walking World ( ) A great site with over 5,500 walks (and a site to which I contribute walks in the Peak District). It had been a while since we'd seen them, so it was great to get out and chew over the fat. This is Sue and Chris, climbing above Derwentwater.
 The day did NOT look promising, but we live in hope!
 Again, a mixed-up Foxglove flowering in October.
 Nice rays - worrying clouds.

 As we reached the end of the lake, it started to spit with rain.
 It STILL looks lovely though, even in a mantle of mist and cloud. 

 Before the serious rain started, we managed to get a few shots in of Lodore falls, amazingly, free to view!
 The weather then really closed in, and the rest of the walk was spent under hoods and waterproofs. A bit dismal, you can see what it looked like here; Still, all this water brought out some lovely fungi, which you KNOW I love to take pictures of.

 These fragile little brackets were on a broken branch.
 This stump was covered in a lovely patch of honey fungus.
This stump was covered in a lovely patch of honey fungus.

That night we went out for a meal with Chris and David. It was a bit of a disappointment, not as good as the 'Casa Bella' bistro, but we made the most of it and enjoyed the good company.

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