Friday 19th June 2009
Start Point : Bothel (NY 183 388)
Distance : 3.1 miles Height Ascended : 160 metres
Route Map 1
The walks starts just off the A595 at Bothel by a lane / bridleway that leads steadily upwards.
The path maintains its gentle ascent between arable fields to the right and boundary fences to the left - here looking up to the ridge ahead
The controversial wind farm at Wharrels Hill near Bothel
After the rain ..
Looking over the
Here comes more rain
A rather gloomy looking Bassenthwaite
Even Binsey didn't escape the passing low clouds
From the summit of Caermote Hill
The memorial boulder on Caermote Hill
Two more plaques
added (Gwen Routledge and Ethel M Dean) since AW
wrote his Outlying Fells of
.a few more additions to the skyline as well (I wonder what AW would have thought about that)
A brief bright interlude between showers on the return to Bothel
Start Point : East of Cockermouth on the Higham road (NY 136 312)
Distance : 3.5 miles Height Ascended : 210 metres
Route Map 2
Watch Hill and Setmurthy Common ..
..a stroll on grass so simple that boots are incongruous footwear for it and bear feet appropriate (AW)
Looking towards The Vale of Lorton - the higher Northwestern fells obscured by a thick blanket of cloud
(where the two tree-lines meet) from Watch Hill - a sunlit
The Vale of Lorton - Mellbreak just right of centre, Low Fell far right.
The summit of Setmurthy Common (no cairn) in the corner where the grass terminates against the corner of trees
A few of the local residents showing a little less interest than many of the cows that share the fields of Watch Hill
and Dodd across