Gummers How and Reservoir

Name of walk Gummers How and Reservoir
Date of walk 2018-06-30

On Saturday morning Brendan and I went for a circular walk up Gummers How, returning via the reservoir. For the past five years I have used a walking pole with a walking stick handle, it has been excellent at taking the weight off my knee on routes downhill. So I bought another, and they replaced my crutches. This is a good short walk to test them out on.

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Gummers How summit on the right.

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Looking down on Lakeside.

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The route through the woods is nice and cool.

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Brendan at the top of the steps.

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View from the top of the steps.

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Just below the tree stump, to the left, is the route to the reservoir that we will visit on our way down.

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Me on the summit, I'm glad there is a breeze as it is a bit on the warm side!

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Close up view of Lakeside.

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Them there hills!

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Coniston Old Man and Dow Crag etc.

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We sit a while and admire the view across Windermere.

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We head off down to the reservoir, invisible from the route across. For me, it is the best place to see Dragonflies, Damselflies and Butterflies as they are all around you in their hundreds! We climb over the stile and head around the path to the dam wall.

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A resting grasshopper.

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A lovely, quiet place. We sit on the rocks and watch the Dragonflies whizz past. Too quick to photograph.

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A Dragonfly rests on a branch

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The waterlilies are flowering.

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We walk along the dam wall. Our path out leads from the end of the wall.

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Common Blue and Large Red Damselfly. I also spot the metallic green, female, Banded Demoiselle, but my camera has automatic focus and blankly refuses to focus on the damselfly, preferring the surrounding foliage instead. Bugger!

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Large Red Damselfly in close up.

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Looking back up to Gummers How summit cairn from the track that leads out to the road.

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Easy walking.

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Once the road is reached we head back over the hill to the car park. The walk is only about two miles in total.

Always an excellent walk! With all the wildlife spotting we took two and a half hours.

Jo.

 

 

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