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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A walk on the Sizergh Estate

In September we went for a walk from the National Trust car park at Sizergh Castle. To begin we went to the bird watching area, where my gravatar image originated. The wooden owl is still there, but more weathered. We then followed the path to Sizergh Fell and did a circular walk, which ended up on the same path as on our previous visit. The weather was overcast with a shower during which we sheltered in the porch of Helsington church . There were views in various directions.

We were fortunate to see a nuthatch just before we drove off.

Wallington NT revisited

We broke our journey home at Wallington, where it was a National Heritage Open Day. When we arrived the person checking membership cards said, “You can come again.”

I replied, “We have; we were here on Saturday!”

As the house did not open until noon we went to the wildlife hide and spent some time watching the birds.

The area around the hide was well-stocked with bird-food, attracting lots of birds. Unfortunately my phone was not ideal for this sort of photography, so I have only one picture to share. (I have also mentioned our bird-watching experience in a post on Sue’s Trifles.)

I took a few pictures in the house, which is a fascinating building containing many interesting items. The ones which caught my eye were of flowers and owls as I have friends, who are also interested in these.

We had time for another walk in the grounds after looking round the house. There is plenty to do both at Wallington and Cragside for many visits.