Our first outing after lockdown relaxed was to Wray Castle near Ambleside in the Lake District. The castle itself was still closed, but the car park had some space (although it is rather pricey for non-members of the National Trust) and there are plenty of walks to choose from. It was a fine day. We took a picnic and met a member of our family, suitably socially-distanced, of course. It is advisable to check online for how busy car parks in the Lake District are, before setting out.
The circular walk we did took us to the lake (Windermere), along a path, up a hill and back through a village. We saw lots of wild flowers and some birds.
View from our picnic spot
An ancient alder
Alder tree and crow
Boat rides have restarted
Reflections in a pool
An old post
Wray Castle from the side
A photo of sheep I took has already appeared on Sue’s Trifles Paint Chip Poetrychallenge 28.
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.
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).
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.
Just for the record I didn’t spot any wildflowers in bloom.
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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.
View betwen trees
The Lyth Valley
Speckled wood buterfly
We were fortunate to see a nuthatch just before we drove off.