The LD is known for its beauty as well as having literary ties to William Wordsworth and Beatrix Potter. Given the short time and the fortunate break in the rainy weather, we spent most of our 2 days hiking (walking in UK speak) some popular trails.
So, you can take a break from the history lessons and enjoy the scenery and sheep!
Blue skies and a random border collie fighting the urge to heard the sheep.
Awaiting our boat and ready for the day. Nice to be dry though it was fairly crisp (10C / 50F or so).
and we are off
taking a breather to look back at Keswick in the distance
down in the valley (opposite side of the lake)
looking northwest to Bassenthwaite Lake
on to the next peak -- Kuk's in the lead
up we go
back across Derwentwater -- Keswick in the distance
sheep, sheep, sheep, sheep
a little bit of scrambling required
another of me!
we took a well deserved picnic break and enjoyed the views
Of course, a field of sheep await us at the bottom.
looking back from whence we came
link is likely about the incident.
Lodore Falls (my walking book had a much more glamorous photo)
3rd photo of me! We've even warmed up enough to lose a layer.
here's the Lodore hotel from the front (and a little closer)
waiting for our ferry with the dock dog
helicopter finally departed -- we obviously didn't wait for it
more sheep, this time silhouetted against the sky
a flower display in the park as we walked back to "downtown" Keswick
Nicole in front of our wonderful B&B, The Edwardene Hotel. Really enjoyed our stay. Wonderful hosts as well.
Not bad for our first day, eh?
We decided to get in the car and do a loop through Newlands Valley to Buttermere and then back through Honister Pass. Most of the roads weren't quite single track nor were they really enough for 2 cars to pass. Glad I had a year under my belt to get used to that type of driving.
On our way out it started to rain but fortunately it didn't last all day.
looking back down the valley we just drove up
slightly snow capped mountain (fell) in the distance
different looking sheep by the waterfall
and, the watefall (or part of it)
Well deserved rest at the top
back down the valley
okay, it was actually a little bit more to the top
walking in the clouds, in the snow, with a lone mountain sheep on the edge of the world
as I mentioned earlier, coming down is different but not necessarily easier
one more cloud and snow-capped peak photo
Obligatory sheep and mountain photo
after walking through Buttermere and a farm or two, we head to the lake; fortunately the rain had stopped by this point
I enjoyed the opportunities for all the reflection photos. Crystal clear.
cool huh? though I do have a few ripples in the water from the rock skippers
said rock skippers
my favorite -- the mountain reflection made it all the way to our feet
another family shot along the way
one more reflection
more great scenery
not sure how this tree is standing and growing in the rock
two sheep watching us pass
friendly cat on the rock wall; I assume it belonged to the nearby farm
And best of all, Ice Cream cows. We were a little pooped by the time we made it around. Fortunately, the ice cream prize was waiting for us. Very tasty.
The drive back to Keswick was scenic though it took quite a bit of concentration. Good times.
Glad we finally made it to The Lakes. It was a great weekend.
Have a good week everyone.