A walk from Great Wood to Ashness Bridge

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.


Sizergh Castle in February

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.

Wray Castle in November

Hubby and I met up with two younger members of our family to go on a hard hat tour at Wray Castle. We had time to explore the public parts of the castle and to go for a short walk before the tour we had booked. (There are only a few days a year, when the hard hat tour is available.)

It was a beautiful sunny day and there was a special quality to the light. As the trees had shed their leaves there were views, which are obscured by foliage in other seasons of the year.

I had been a little concerned that my enjoyment of the tour might be marred by vertigo, but the guide set everyone’s mind at rest on that score. Even on the roof we were unable to look down as there were high parapets. It was a very enjoyable outing.

I wrote about our first visit to this National Trust property here.