A walk around Rydal Water

Towards the end of April we went for a walk around Rydal Water with our daughter. Although it was a dull day it was rather busy before the May Day Bank Holiday. We followed the signs for Rydal caves and continued from the caves around the lake. I have picked out four photos to share here in what is the first post for a long time, which reflects the original purpose of this blog.

The captions tell part of the story. It was a pretty time of year with bluebells in flower and fresh leaves on the trees. April was a dry month.

A cave near Rydal
View along Rydal Water
A waterfall
View across Rydal Water: the highest English mountains (Scafell & Scafell Pike) are visible in the far distance

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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On the Hunt for Joy Challenge Week 1

This post was inspired by Cee’s On the Hunt for Joy Challenge Week 1: Get outside

Trees, moorland and peaks

This photo was taken looking towards the Lake District National Park. The early afternoon sun was just high enough to light up the tops of the larch trees.  The plateau is called Flat Fell. The distant higher fells (as mountains are called in Cumbria) are near Ennerdale water.

It is a while since I linked to a photo challenge. This one came at the right time.

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