Brock Barrow and Arnsbarrow Hill in snow

Name of walk Brock Barrow and Arnsbarrow Hill in snow
Date of walk 2013-03-26

The wind is still very strong, so yesterday Ged, Kas and I drove to High Nibthwaite on the east side of Coniston Water to wander around some of the lower outlying fells.

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We parked by the wall lay-by at Water Park. Anthony Gormley sculpture......not one of the anatomically correct ones, like at Crosby Beach. We have had snow for 5 months now. Maybe we will miss out spring and go straight into summer! A Cumbrian summer? That would be endless rain! I think I prefer the snow!

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Tony and Ged. Nice hat! Kas is enjoying rolling in the snow!

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We are heading up to Brock Barrow behind my head.

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View down Coniston Water.

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Heading up from High Nibthwaite.

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Brock Barrow summit cairn.

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View back down to where we just were, on the left.

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Looking up the lake from Low Light Haw summit. The weather is due to improve soon, it is also due to snow. I wonder which we will get first!

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Blue skies! High Light Haw summit ahead. The snow is deep in places. Top of thigh deep occasionally. Mostly knee deep. If it comes up above the knee, you get stuck, as you can't bend your leg! We had fun!

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Kas thinks it is great, his tail never stops wagging!

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Arnbarrow Hill, our next port of call. Getting there will be fun as the route is very undulating and it contains a moss/bog which we need to avoid. The paths are numerous, but all obscured by snow. Plus the drifts are deep!

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We weaved our way to our destination. Sometimes moving with great difficulty, but with much laughter!

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Looking over to Dow Crag and Coniston Old Man.

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Looking back across the moss.

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View from the summit of Arnsbarrow Hill (1056ft)

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We head down by the side of the stream. After you Ged! I`ll walk in your footprints!

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We cross the stream and head for the main footpath.

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We head left and make for the deer gate that leads into the woods.

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Through the deer gate there is a good track that leads down through the woods back to the road. Dow Crag ahead.

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Brown Pike, Buck Pike and Dow Crag in close up.

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Back on the road looking across a field of virgin snow. So tempting to climb the gate and run about in it, even at our age! We resist!

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Once more in close up

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The east side of Coniston, now passable for cars. It is just a short walk along the road to return to the car.

The walk took less than three hours and was around 4 miles in distance. A very cold day with a bitter wind on the tops.
It snowed as we got back to the car.

 

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