Now i did not get down to much photography as we were just into the walks, we did have a session to find and photograph a red squirrel which was a total success.
The one thing i have to say about our week away was the weather...not one day or night did in rain so absolutely perfect.
Our location was just outside Grasmere at Broadrayne Farm self catering in a perfect stone cottage and our second time the same cottage, we will be back again next year........
Ullswater-walking the length
Starting in Glenridding and following he Ullswater way to Pooley Bridge at the far end of the water, returned on one of the Ullwater steamers..
This was quite epic walking the sense of adventure as the return was planned via the steamer, what i really liked about this walk was the sense of achievement of walking Englands second largest body of water also the height at the highest point above the water was 400ft and Ullswater is serpent shape so the view was ever changing, we were blessed with the sound of birds singing there hearts out three quarters of the way, the return trip was just so relaxing and surrounded by mountains...
On a final note of this walk,just before reaching Howtown which was a planned tea stop we stumbled across a new tea shop which was not expected but a welcoming sight of us and any other walkers, while we were getting our morning tea and cakes at this totally unexpected venue over looking Ullswater we over heard a lady comment "Like a Oasis in the desert" it most certainly was..if you walk this route make it your planned tea stop, highly recommended by ourselves, Known as the Lowther TeaRoom, I don,t do free advertising but i am blowing there trumpet
Cats Bells- the scrambling route
For this we took quite a different route which involved walking bridleways, lanes and bit of scrambling up Knotts end and High Craggs then up onto maidens moor with its summit at 576m, then following a more conventional mountain track to the summit of Cats bells sorry but i just love the name Cats Bells for a hill, which over looks Derwent Water which i was surprised to find the advantage of the Derwent was only 15ft considering Derwent is 1 mile wide.
Skiddaw which is a Lakeland 3000er make the perfect backdrop.
Causey Pike & Crag hill- Its not a hill
Starting at what is hard to find in the Lakes a free parking spot at the bottom of Causey Pike which was a twisty mountain path up with the last part having a real alpine feel and some Grade one Scrambling to its tiny summit of 637m.
Then a ridge walk along Scar Craggs,
What we were presented next i can only describe as the amazing path twisting up to the summit of Sail and its 773m summit .
The final push for Crag Hills summit was a challenge to cross a acrete namely-The Scar, high winds must of hit the head of the valley (my welsh terminology coming out here) must of funneled up into the Gully, creating high pressure which made crossing the Scar a challenge, which we were very exposed on the acrete and a bit of scramble to the 839m summit.
most worth the climb as were presented some fine views over to Scotland and the Isle of Man......Crag hill is most definitely a mountain
Grasmere to Ambleside - Bluebells everywhere
A flat walk from Grasmere to Ambleside and back following paths with total distance of 23km.
The most amazing walk with bluebells everywhere, the photos do not do justice it was something short of amazing, I cannot write much on this a the bluebells are just something out of the world.....just look at these bluebells
Wray Castle-walking alongside the waters edge
A very relaxed walk stopping at the Castle for tea and cakes, blessed with more and more Bluebells