Author Topic: TR A walk along the western shore road of Thirlmere Sat 10 Feb 18  (Read 839 times)

April

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Beefy chose the walk on Saturday. Saturday's forecast was for a gloomy, rainy day with a gusty wind. We got the bus to Smaithwaite (pronounced "Smethet") to walk along the shore road on the western side of Thirlmere. It was gloomy and a bit rainy, low cloud and no views.

Beefy walking along the road with Fisher Crag seen ahead


The bothy near Fisher Crag


Our plans for lunch in it were scuppered. There were two people still asleep in their sleeping bags inside it. It was 1pm. The keg of beer outside the bothy told a story. We left them to sleep off the beer and had our lunch on the forest road a bit further down. It had stopped raining and the wind wasn't bad at all.

Our lunch time view


Blencathra can be seen in the distance now the cloud is lifting


We dropped back down to the shore road to continue our walk to the other end of the lake. Note all the felled trees, this is where the army trucks would be ferrying the lazy sods up Fisher Crag to access the zip wire. Surely it won't be given the go ahead.

Looking back to Raven Crag


The snowy shore road


I'd said we wouldn't need spikes :D It was very cold in places along here and the snow hadn't thawed.

Stunning scenery for a man made place eh?


The weather brightened up and the cloud was lifting, we were really enjoying the walk, peaceful and tranquil, a gem of a place this.

Beware the falling rocks!


We felt like we could be in Canada or somewhere. How could anyone want to ruin this place?

Low mist across the lake


The view opened up and we had fab views southward.

Snow-striped trees!


Looking back at the snow-striped trees


Reflections on Thirlmere


More reflections on Thirlmere


Here are a few words to the people who say there is nothing here for them and they would only visit if there was a zip wire here. Go somewhere else if you can't appreciate this as it is. That is the polite version of the words in my head.

Wyth Burn


Steel Fell


What a wonderful walk this was in the end, all the better for it being unexpectedly dry. Our route was Smaithwaite - Dam Road - Thirlmere western shore road - Bothy below Fisher Crag - shore road - Steel End - Armboth Road End. 10.1km with 368m ascent according to viewranger. I don't think this can be right? I reckon no more than 100m! We timed the walk perfectly, just 10 minutes to wait for the bus. Beefy you can choose the walk for Sunday too.
"Who would've thought...... you are light and darkness coming through" words by Tim Armstrong

beefy

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Lovely pics Ape especially like the reflections  O0
Bothy hoggers are now on the banned list  >:(
DRIP COFFINS  :D

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Lovely photos April. It looks very chilly, it was cold enough down here.


I can't believe that the planning permission will be granted either but UU and TTT have invested a fair amount of time and money in it, they must be thinking that they have a good chance. They must have known that there would be fierce opposition after the Honister plans were thrown out. Here's hoping we are right and they are wrong.


I assume that one of the words in your head was 'off!'
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How could anyone want to ruin this place?


Absolutely!  >:(


Really enjoyed the TR and the fantastic photos, April. I was admiring some "snow-striped" (love that phrase) trees locally this weekend, such a magical effect.


Shame about the bothy slugs - hope they both had stinking hangovers when they eventually crawled out of their pits!  ;) ;D


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Nice TR April... loving the photos, especially the snow-striped trees.

Looking at your photos it's so difficult to comprehend someones desire to want to change the picturesque views... just to make a few quid.  One man profits, everyone else loses out!!

Cheers
Lee

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Bothy hoggers are now on the banned list  >:(


 :2funny:

April

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I assume that one of the words in your head was 'off!'

Yes it was, how did you guess?

Thanks all  :)

Let us hope Thirlmere remains as peaceful as it was on Saturday. I forgot to mention that although the A591 is just on the other side of the lake you can't hear the noise of the traffic on the western shore road until you get nearer to Steel End when the lake narrows.
"Who would've thought...... you are light and darkness coming through" words by Tim Armstrong

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Fabulous photos April    :)

I can't understand how some people are prepared to put profit before the beauty and peace of such a lovely place

pleb

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I'm getting a sense of deja vu here....................... ;D ;D ;D

pdstsp

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Lovely photos April - didn't Beefy take his new friend from Place Fell this week?




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Lovely photos April - didn't Beefy take his new friend from Place Fell this week?
Oi...  :tickedoff:
And I thought we were friends  ;)
DRIP COFFINS  :D

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Lovely report and pics April  :)


How anyone would think a zipwire would enhance the area is beyond me  >:(


I hope, when my pal's caravan site re-opens for "the season" I can get there and do some walking round Thirlmere myself as I've only tickled one end of it on previous walks.
No expense spared in pursuit of a bargain ;)
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April

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Thanks all  O0

Dovegirl - thank you, I think almost everyone on here is in total agreement with you.

Pleb - deja vu? Have you been before then?  :D

pdstsp - vidbomber is on the banned list  :)

Mel - thank you and enjoy Thirlmere  :) While it is still left in peace.

"Who would've thought...... you are light and darkness coming through" words by Tim Armstrong

pleb

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Lovely report and pics April  :)


How anyone would think a zipwire would enhance the area is beyond me  >:(


I hope, when my pal's caravan site re-opens for "the season" I can get there and do some walking round Thirlmere myself as I've only tickled one end of it on previous walks.
Tickled one end?
(sorry :-[ )

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Good report and photos April O0  Saturday was pretty awful weather wise, I just walked from Grasmere to Ambleside and my camera pretty much stayed in my ruck-sack the whole time. For some reason, I think FEbruary is the wettest month for walking :(