Lowther Mausoleum

The Lowther Mausoleum in the graveyard of St Michael’s Church, Lowther Park near Penrith. A Grade II listed building. Built in 1857 of sandstone for the second Earl of Lonsdale, William Lowther. Four griffins, the king of all creatures, atop the octagonal corner turrets standing guard.

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Martindale

Martindale, in Wainwright’s Far Eastern Fells. Hallin Fell on the left, Pikewassa right, with Loadpot Hill in the distance. an unusual view from Sleet Fell above the hamlet of Sandwick.

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​High Horse Level

Greenside Mine was once the biggest lead mine complex in the country and operated for nearly 300 years finally closing in 1962. The High Horse Level was one of the earliest to be exploited by Dutch ‘Adventurers’ in the late 17th century. The stone extracted was dressed to separate out the lead ore and waste materials dumped producing the fan of tailings.
Dressing required a constant supply of water so Sticks Gill was dammed on the left of the photo. In the 1870s the ’Top Dam’ burst causing much damage.

The hill opposite is Green Side, from which the mine takes its name. Its on the on the east ridge of Stybarrow Dodd. The two large ‘glory holes’ are collapses of the Gilgowars Level which occurred in 1862 collapse. Fortunately this happened on a Sunday when the mine was closed so no one was killed.

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Striding Edge

The classic ridge up Helvellyn. Interesting on a breezy day.

Grisedale

A pre-breakfast jog up to Red Tarn below Helvellyn. Any higher and I would have been in cloud. The view is Grisedale, with Grisedale Hause at its head. The 841m high St. Sunday Crag on the left is below the cloud ceiling but Fairfield at 873m is hidden, as is the Helvellyn range on the right.

There at least one other Grisedale in the Lake District, that overlooking Whinlatter Pass. There is also a Grizedale south of Hawkshead which probably has the same Old Norse root of griss and dalr, meaning ‘the valley of the young pigs’.

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Great Langdale

A view up Great Langdale, right of centre, from Loughrigg Fell with the Langdale Pikes on the far right. An overcast day but the tops are clear.

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Morecambe Bay

A wet day in a sodden Lake District. A view south west from Bigland Heights on the Cartmel Peninsula. The  estuary is that of the River Crake which outflows from Windermere.

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