OK i have not blogged for few weeks, so here is five blogs in one, after having week of walking in the lakes i thought i should blog this one, i decided to make one big blog rather than do individual blogs each day, so as you can see i have broken each walk down and formatted the same and normal the images are in order to depict the walk.
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
1/5/17- bank holiday Monday- a distance 17.5KM, we had this in the planning last year.
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
1/5/17 Distance 10.8km Cats bells, i love the name of these hills and rising from Derwent water they do look like mountains which is probably gives it some popularity,
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
3/5/16 Distance 12,6km - This was a mountain hike to Crag Hill which at 839m above sealevel puts Crag Hill into the mountain category being over 601m, my local major mountain is Cadair Berwyn in my Homeland of North Powys has a summit of 830m with just a meter difference i decided to twin it Cadair Berwyn with Crag Hill, incidentally Crag Hill was formally Known as Eel Crag.
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
4/5/17-Distance 23.6KM- no mountains on this walk but millions and millions of blue bells.
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
5/5/17 Distance-5.9km - out last day in the lakes a short walk alongside Windermeres shoreline to a National trust 18th century Wray Castle,
A very relaxed walk stopping at the Castle for tea and cakes, blessed with more and more Bluebells
After four holidays in the Lakes we had not seen a single red squirrel, which the Lakelands are known these elusive beautiful animals.
After a little bit of research which was the courtesy of a helpful lady from the National trust, we were informed the best place to spot any was in Grasemere...what a bit of luck that was, as were staying just outside Grasmere.
Allan bank was the venue for the hunt to spot a red squirrel, a warm evening, peace and quiet, mixed woodland, patience and of course a Nikon DLSR with a 300mm lens are the ingredients for the squirrels spotting, .
After a some slow stalking in the woodlands we thought were at a dead loss not to give though, and more slow stalking i spot some movement to my right, i stop and there it is...our red squirrel, happily sat in tree grooming his coat, its just a matter of being sat there watching our native red squirrel in his own surroundings, its his home and we quietly leave the wood as quietly as we entered it.
Photography wise not the best photography as i was pushing my 300mm manual zoom lens to past its limits..overall a very rewarding field trip.
The native sheep of the Lakelands the Hardwick, photographed in the heart of Lakes.
Hardwick- derived from the old Norse herdvyck which meaning sheep pasture,a hardy sheep capable of living up in Lakes 300o footer mountains