Tuesday, 9 December 2014

An Excellent few days in the Lake District

As our son Thomas has moved to Ambleside in the English Lake District to study Outdoor Studies at the University of Cumbria, we decided it was time to pay a visit.  I have also set myself the challenge of walking all of the Wainwrights (peaks mentioned in the famous books of Alfred Wainwright) in the three years that he is there.  Early December turned out to be an excellent choice as both Ambleside and Windermere (where we were staying) were both beautifully decorated for Christmas.  We were also lucky in that the Lakes had the first snowfall of the winter while we were there.  On our first day Heather and I took things easy and pottered up the Langdale Valley and wandered up to Stock Ghyll Force behind Ambleside before meeting Thomas for lunch and then doing some Christmas shopping.

On our second day Thomas and I did the first of my 36 Wainwright Walks: a round of Striding Edge, Helvellyn, Seat Sandal and St Sunday Crag; some 14.5 miles and 8 out of 214 Wainwrights.  Unfortunately this was our only day of totally bad weather so we had very little visibility higher up and it was bitterly cold and snowing on the high tops.  To add to the excitement the knife edge section of Striding Edge was very icy.  A very enjoyable day nonetheless.

On our third day we drove up to Blea Tarn for some photography in excellent light and then stopped off for photographs of an in spate Stockwith Force.

All too soon it was time to head home but we delayed things somewhat by calling in for the night with friends in Blackpool.

On the final leg of our journey home we were delighted to see at least 30 red kites in the air over Harewood House.  What a spectacular sight.

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Windermere and the Langdales
Windermere
Windermere and the Langdales
The Langdale Pikes from Elterwater.
Colourful rocks in the quarry
The River Rothay and the Langdale Valley
The River Rothay and the Langdale Valley
The Langdale Pikes
The Langdale Pikes
Stock Ghyll Force
Stock Ghyll Force
Stock Ghyll Force


The Langdale Pikes from Blea Tarn
The Langdale Pikes from Blea Tarn
The Langdale Pikes from Blea Tarn
The Langdale Pikes from Blea Tarn
The Langdale Pikes from Blea Tarne
The Langdale Pikes from Blea Tarn
The Langdale Pikes from Blea Tarn
A snow storm sweeps over the Crinkle Crags
Stockwith Force
Stockwith Force
Stockwith Force
Stockwith Force
Stockwith Force
Early morning light over High Street from the slopes of Helvellyn
Harsh conditions on the summit of Helvellyn

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