Having parked in a National Trust car park, hubby and I had a picnic lunch on a bench above Claife Courtyard. We then strolled up to Claife viewing tower. The sun was shining brightly; there was hardly a breeze. It was our first visit to this area and we were fascinated by the tower. Information boards told us about its history and famous visitors. The top was ideal for looking out over the lake (or mere). Windermere is the largest expanse of water in the Lake District. It disappeared into the distance, looking almost like a wide river.
The space below the viewing area really caught my imagination. With the perforated metal floor letting sunlight through and the coloured glass projecting images, there was a pattern of shadows and light, which changed as other visitors walked overhead. I took photos when no-one was interfering with the natural shadows.
On a dull day there would not be such interesting patterns. Coloured glass plates were also available to look at the view. The idea of looking through a coloured filter was to reduce the impact of the view on sensitive people in earlier times. It is difficult to imagine the effect of a beautiful view on people from an age without the images of the small and large screen. Apparently it caused some of them to faint!
From Claife we followed the footpath signs to Hill Top. My relevant words and photos will appear next week in Part 2.