Out and about in the Northern Lakes
Friday, May 28th, 2010
We spent our last full day in the Lakes visiting various sites around the Northern Lakes.
The National Trust Centenary Stone in Calf Close Bay looking down towards the Jaws of Borrowdale across Derwent Water. Quite often half submerged, the continuing dry spell has left this beautiful sculpture half way up the beach!
The Centenary Stone celebrates 100 years of the National Trust in Lakeland…
…as the nearby plaque attests.
Looking to Skiddaw from Calf Close Bay.
Causey Pike across Derwent Water.
After a little shopping stop in Keswick, we head off to see the Rannerdale bluebells taking the route over the Whinlatter Pass.
Bassenthwaite Lake from the viewpoint on the pass, Ullock Pike is on the right.
Skiddaw from the same spot.
After Whinlatter and passing the edge of Loweswater, we make our way down the edge of Crummock Water – Grasmoor towers above us. On this glorious day, it’s hard to believe that people were struck by lightning there only a couple of days earlier!
Our first sight of the Rannerdale Knotts bluebells and they’re as spectacular as we’d hoped. Anne Hiley had told me by email before we left that she could still see the blue from her garden, we weren’t disappointed.
Zooming in on that wonderful blue haze covering the fell side.
We park below Cinderdale and start walking up to see the bluebells.
Getting closer, the valley is covered in blue.
The gate opening out onto the valley warns that the bluebells are treasured. This area is said to be the site of a battle in which local Cumbrians and Norsemen ambushed
and defeated Norman armies after they conquered England in 1066. Local folklore has it that the bluebells spring from the spilt blood of the Normans that died there.
Looking across the bluebells to the Lad Hows ridge that leads onto the summit of Grasmoor…
…and to Whiteless Pike, now in shadow below a huge cloud.
Crummock Water shines below us under the shadow of Mellbreak.
Zooming in on the lower slopes of Mellbreak.
We head on, past Buttermere and over the Honister Pass back towards Keswick. As we pass the Honister Slate Quarries I look for the distinctive green helicopter of the owner and what do you know, he’s just coming in to land!
Our last visit of the day is to the Castlerigg Stone Circle above Keswick, my eye was caught by this couple sitting in quiet contemplation of the view out towards the Helvellyn fells.
Blencathra with one of the ancient stones in the foreground.
High Rigg in front and the Hellvelyn fells behind over the stones.
Zooming in on Hellvelyn.
In the other direction, a panorama of the north western fells.
Zooming in on Causey Pike.
After dinner at the Brittania Inn, Elterwater, we’re treated to a fine sunset on the way back to Ambleside.
From Waterhead on Windermere, a seagull silhouetted against the last light.
The row boats at rest ready for another day.
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