A riverside and lakeside walk

Hubby and I had already decided on a trip to Crummock Water, when I checked Twitter and discovered that the challenge for #wildflowerhour was #bythewater. For a similar challenge last year I found so many flowers that I wrote a blog post about them.


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Crummock Water has featured on this blog before. Even before we arrived at our destination we had some excitement. There was a red squirrel running along the side of a country lane through Loweswater. (The place not the lake!) We parked in a National Trust car park and walked through woodland beside the River Cocker to Crummock Water. It was a sunny day with a cooling wind.

The scenery was stunning and I found many different wild flowers, including about a dozen new to me. I managed to identify some of them from reference books (field guides) and the experts from #wildflowerhour helped with others. We also spotted a few birds, mainly wagtails. One was a small bird which hovered (and had a white rump). Any idea what it was? There were some fairly small fish in a stream.

Some people who overtook us as I was taking a photo alerted us to the presence of a lizard. We retraced our steps to find it. It was undisturbed by people and dogs passing nearby.

We had a picnic lunch under a hawthorn tree with a view. Then we continued along the path finding more interesting flowers. We returned by the same route along the lake, but a different path through the woods. I took about 90 photos mainly of flowers. Digital photography is a useful invention!


A walk from Ashness Bridge

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.


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.


A (brief) visit to Townend

Having been delayed by bad weather and slow traffic we made an unplanned visit to a National Trust property near Windermere, Townend. It was our first visit, although we have passed the sign to it on countless journeys. We were in time to eat our picnic lunch (in our car in the car park) and to visit the house shortly after it opened at 1pm. (There had been two fully-booked guided tours earlier.)

As it was the half-term holiday it was fairly busy even on a showery day. The farmhouse had been the home of a farming family, who collected books. One of them also carved furniture in elaborate patterns. It was fascinating.

The garden gave a view across to a bank barn, which we did not have time to inspect more closely.

Near the car park there was a wildflower meadow. By coincidence the challenge for #wildflowerhour was #inthemeadow.

Our satnav (GPS navigation) told us to turn the opposite way along the lane from the way we had arrived at the car park. It turned out to be a short cut along a narrow country lane.

Flash photography was not allowed inside the house. There are pictures of the interior and of the exterior on a brighter day here.