Posts Tagged ‘pasture’

Along the top edge of the image is Rough Crags Ridge,  which is a series of Crags each with its own name; Swine Crag, Heron Crag, Eagle Crag, Rough Crag, Caspel Gate, Riggindale Crag and Long Stile which is a scramble to gain the heights of High Street (The only High Street without buildings or shops!) Named as such because of the old Roman road, the highest in the UK 2,690 feet above sea level, which runs along its course.




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One of the many cascading waterfalls in the Cumbrian, Dovedale Valley, near Brotherswater. The light was quickly changing as the dark clouds rolled in from the West complete with a few short rain showers.




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A view of Dove Crag, Hart Crag, Fairfield, The Step and Cofa Pike from the ridge of
Hartsop above How.

Although properly the long north east ridge of Hart Crag, Alfred Wainwright accorded
Hartsop above How the status of a separate fell in his Pictorial Guide to the
Lakeland Fells and that convention is followed here. The name, with the middle
word uncapitalised, is that used on Ordnance Survey maps and has wide support in
guidebooks, although it is sometimes hyphenated. Wainwright states that the local name
for the fell is Gill Crag.

A three mile ridge of high ground branches off north east from the Fairfield horseshoe at
Hart Crag. It turns gradually more northward, resembling a billhook in plan. To the north
is Deepdale, a long curving valley with a marshy and rather dismal character. The southern
boundary of Hartsop above How is formed by Dovedale, a picturesque valley of woodlands
and waterfalls. Both dales meet the main valley of Kirkstone, Goldrill Beck which flows
north through Patterdale to Ullswater.


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In the calm of the past few days, with early morning mists lying on the surface of Ullswater, with the water like glass and affording some wonderful reflections of the surrounding scenery; it has certainly been a pleasure to be out with the camera in the early morning light.

Below is an image of a misty bay on Ullswater near Howtown on the Southern side of the lake, the sun was just breaking the horizon and beginning to burn off the mists lying in the valleys and over the lakes. Small amounts of Autumn colour are beginning to punch through the greenery of late summer and adding further warmth and colour to the scene.


After parking on The Coombs below Hallin Fell, I began the trek towards the ascent of Sleet Fell which would eventually take me to High Dodd, Place Fell and the Patterdale Common. On the ascent to Sleet Fell and stopped and looked back towards Hallin Fell and below is the scene which I gazed upon.


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Taken a few weeks ago and the only reason why it was not added sooner is simply that I hurt my spine getting down to this waterfall and have been recuperating ever since. Not an easy waterfall to get to unless you walk part of the Pennine Way, I chose to do it the quick way at sunset time and hurt my spine in the process of climbing down the rocky sides of the waterfall to reach the bottom.

The waterfall is fed by Cow Green Reservoir (which is part of the river Tees) in Upper Teesdale and eventully leads down to the High Force also in the Teesdale Valley.



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Saturday began dry, windy but with lots of good cloud formations sailing across the sky. As the day progressed little had changed and I was just in the mood for a drive to Upper Teesdale and a walk down to Cauldron Snout and Falcon Clints.

The light when I arrived at the car park was superb, lots of dark clouds over the area of the sun and casting scattered light over the hills as the wind moved the clouds. Cow Green Reservoir looked the best I have seen it in a long time, with the light reflecting on the moving water and the backdrop of hills.

The climb down to the Snout was somewhat hazardous, with lots of surface water on the rocks. With the addition of the purple heather on the bankside the waterfall looked quite dazzling in the golden light before sunset. The main reason for coming here however, wasn’t for Cauldron Snout but for the view along Falcon Clints, a view which I have taken many times before but have never been happy with. Either the light has been flat or it hasn’t been time for the heather to be in bloom but this evening everything was in my favour.


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Having endured all the rain over the past few week’s, Saturday began pleasant, bright and very sunny, as the day progressed the evening seemed set to have some reasonably good light. I loaded the camera gear into the car, along with my two dogs and headed towards Upper Teesdale.

I parked in the car park at High Force and quickly took the route for the South side of the River Tees, crossing over the bridge and then up to High Force itself and then onto Pasture Foot. The heather is currently in flower and several months ago I spotted a very old and zigzagging, dry stone wall. Thinking it would possibly look good with some heather and if taken with the late setting sun lighting the stone it may give the scene further contrast. However, it is strange how ones memory deceives…I  was almost certain that the area in which the stone wall was situated was also covered with heather, on my arrival I found very little heather and the light not really all that interesting.

Further hope and light was on the horizon but sinking fast. With a quickened pace I headed in the direction of Cronkley Pasture where the sinking sun was casting some dramatic light from behind dark clouds. The white farm and other buildings within the area were also looking dramatic in the half light and set against the dark cloudy sky. The Pasture was also looking good with the small hills and vegetation catching illuminating glimpses from the dying sun.



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