When we decided to go walking in Ennerdale our original plan was a walk, a picnic, a walk back and a visit to an art exhibition at The Gather at Ennerdale Bridge.
What actually happened was a leisurely walk with lots of stops to take photos, a picnic, a decision to continue all around the lake, an accidental fall, arriving back at the car park after The Gather had closed. Oh, and a chat with a dog-walker, which resulted in a possible attendance at a social event in the autumn. This time it was my turn to fall. I tripped because I was looking sideways at the scenery and missed a hazard on the path. Fortunately I could walk the last few hundred yards to the car park. Note to self: look where you are going!
Smithy Beck Waterfall
Speckled Wood butterfly
View from picnic spot
Another lunchtime view
View between the trees
It was the first time we had walked all the way round the lake. It is the sort of walk, where it is possible to see more or less how far there still is to go and how far to go back. There were two points at which going on seemed hazardous, but going back was too far. At Angler’s Crag the path is steep with loose stones and there is a steep rocky outcrop to climb down (or up if going the opposite way, although if we do this again, we’ll find a higher route). At the weir engineering work was in progress. It occurred to us that if the heavy machinery broke the bridge, we would have a long way to go back! Of course the work had been well-planned and the bridge was still there for us to cross.
View across river and lake
From the head of the lake
Across to where we had been
Sunlight on a fell
Angler’s crag across the water
Unaware that the Duke and Duchess of Cambridge were visiting the Lake District that day, hubby and I parked in a car park near Ashness Bridge and went for a walk to Watendlath Tarn and back.
The #wildflowerhour challenge for the week was #tinyplants and there were plenty. I also spotted some plants I had not seen before.
It was less than three months since our last visit to Ashness Bridge, which is allegedly the most photographed location in the Lake District. It is difficult to take a photo without other people or traffic.
We took photos at Surprise View and then walked along footpaths to Watendlath, where we ate our picnic lunch. As the weather looked threatening we decided to save time by walking back along the road (single-track with passing places). The temperature was well below the average for the time of year.
View from near the bridge
A glimpse of Derwentwater
Derwentwater and Bassenthwaite Lake
From Surprise View
From surprise View
Foxglove and view
Where do we go from here?
From the path
Landscape with sunlight
Bridge at Watendlath
Can I share your lunch?
Pollard ash tree and natural form
The opposite side of the valley
A roadside rock
Surprise view revisited
A feature of the valley was a large number of pollard ash trees.
In the evening we learned about the royal visit, which accounted for the police activity we had noticed in the morning.
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