25 May 2009

After the early morning visit to the beach at Roanhead, there was just time for a couple of hours of walking on another glorious day before it would be time to pack up and go home again. Stephen took Ellie for a visit to Latterbarrow from Hawkshead

A look back at the village of Hawkshead

Ellie, a little uncertain, starts to get to grips with the wall stiles.

Following Wainwright's advice, we took an anticlockwise circuit, saving the summit of Latterbarrow for towards the end, and so ascending through fairly open woodland. As we start to gain height, the Coniston Fells come into view.

Ellie, persuaded to stop grazing for just a moment.

Continuing to ascend

The pleasant bridleway makes its way through what is nominally woodland but largely open.

Ellie brings up the rear

The lovely Summerhouse Pond

We then turn off the bridleway onto a footpath through a recently felled area

Our way lies up those steps.

The summit pillar on Latterbarrow can just be seen between the tree tops

After the light and airy walk, a dark interlude beckons, but it didn't last long.

On top of Latterbarrow

It is a very impressive summit pillar

A summit panorama (click for larger version)

Fairfield and the other fells to the north of Windermere - the tip of the lake can be seen.

We took the permissive path back through the National Trust woods. The bluebells are perhaps slightly past their peak, but still lovely.

Ellie is starting to get to grips with these wall stiles - almost back at Hawkshead

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A lovely walk, even better than I expected, on a beautiful morning. Total distance 7.3 km and 309 metres of ascent in 2 hours 8 mins.



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