A winter landscape in the Lake District

On New Year’s Eve it was frosty, even near the coast, where the gulf stream usually keeps the temperatures a little higher than inland.

We drove to a National Trust car park beyond Keswick and walked into the town. After lunch we walked back. The light was superb for photography.

Frosty morning (random order!)

We were surprised and impressed by the improvements to the footpaths, which had been made since we last walked this route (almost a year earlier).

Robin, trees and path

I have mentioned previously that whenever we visit this area we see lots of robins. In the afternoon the light on the trees and on the new accessible boardwalk was fascinating.

Although I have managed to avoid people in most of my snaps, it was the busiest we have ever known on the footpaths. I didn’t take any photos of the jetties as there were people on most of them! The paddle-boarder is merely a smudge in the top collage. Leaving at around sunset we were delayed by a long queue of traffic trying to pass through Keswick, where there were diversions due to road-works. However the orange sky was beautiful all the way home.

In the afternoon

Just for the record I didn’t spot any wildflowers in bloom.

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Fascinating jetties

The jetties on Derwentwater were all rebuilt following the flooding during Storm Desmond in  December 2015.

I was fascinated by the different views of them reflected in the lake. Vertical lines were lining up differently as we walked along the path.

The woods near Derwentwater

This is the second in a series of posts with photos from a day in September. We parked in a National Trust car park, where there are picnic benches. A robin entertained us while we finished our lunch.

Then we explored a more direct path towards Keswick than our usual route. There were beautiful trees and bushes. The trees included oaks, beech, sycamore and other deciduous trees. Posting my phone photos so long after they were taken, I am uncertain of the identity of the trees, which I would recognise in the woods.


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Rather than tell the story of our day in a time-line, I have grouped photos from similar areas. The first three (A woodland tree, Guelder rose and Beside Derwentwater) are from early afternoon and the rest from our walk back to the car later. Future posts will include the lake and a park in Keswick. Both have featured on this blog before. However the scenery changes with the seasons and with the variation of sunlight during a single day.

I spotted the sticker on a bramble leaf. Someone had visited a National Trust property (Allan Bank at Grasmere) and disposed of their sticker in a cheeky manner. Being paper it will rot down eventually, but it would have been better to put it in a bin.