On a fine Sunday afternoon at the end of March we set off to walk from Great Wood in the opposite direction from Keswick. The path with views of Derwentwater took us directly to Ashness Bridge – one of the best-known spots in the English Lake District. Many calendars of Lakeland views feature it. I had to be patient to catch it without people or a vehicle. We spotted wildflowers along the way. (Regular readers may know I am interested in #Wildflowerhour.)
Also along the way we were reminded how easy it is to have an accident even at relatively low levels. There was a rocky outcrop with water flowing over it. The path went straight across it. Perhaps it took two paces to reach the other side. Behind me Hubby stepped on the wet part and ended up lying down. I noticed a steep drop below him, but he hadn’t seen it and climbed back onto his feet and the path without further ado.
On the way back we went down to the shore of Derwentwater and walked along it. As it had been dry for a few days the water-level made this easy. We could imagine that at times the path becomes submerged. Near a waterfall we saw some interesting birds, possibly treecreepers.
View across Derwentwater
Sunlight on the fells
First view of a waterfall
Top to bottom
View towards Keswick
The advance information suggested that Leander would be pulling the excursion along the Cumbrian Coastal line “depending on availability”. In the event it was an unnamed locomotive 48151, which passed through on a very blustery afternoon. A number of people had ventured out to see it. The humid conditions gave atmosphere to the clouds of steam as the engine began to pull out of the station, with a long line of coaches behind it.
The weather was variable for our visit to Sizergh Castle near Kendal in Cumbria. There was one short heavy shower during which we were able to shelter. The sun shone afterwards, lighting up the tops of trees.
We enjoyed lunch in the café and explored the parts of the gardens, which were open. (To protect the lawns, they are out of bounds in winter. We could see the waterbirds from a distance.) The number of species in flower so early in the year was impressive. The planting is very imaginative. It was the first time we had visited in winter.
We also explored some of the estate, where there are some good viewpoints.
The stump garden
Peeping into the stump garden
Reflections from the other side
A view of the castle
Sunlight on the treetops