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Touring Britain bit by bit with a pair of boots, a few bicycles, a lot of trains and a bag of lenses. I take pictures and then I write about them.

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Fri, 1 Feb 2013

Lesser of The Lakes

Windermere

Windermere is famous as the largest of The Lakes in the English Lake District, and in England generally. Its also famously a beautiful place, flanked by the high fells of Langdale and pretty villages like Ambleside, celebrated in verse and on canvas by the romantics, and loved by the millions of tourists who have poured in since the Kendal and Windermere railway first brought the lake within reach of the masses.

Windermere

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Windermere

After several visits to the more northern lakes and fells without ever having been along to Windermere, I thought I better go take a look and see what the fuss was about. So after a trip to Keswick I took the bus down to Ambleside, intending to walk along the shore to Bowness and up the hill to the station.

Windermere

But it turned out that a walk along the shore wasn't possible, because Windermere is crap and walking near it is forbidden.

Windermere

Windermere

Windermere

Windermere

Windermere

Windermere

Windermere

Windermere

Windermere

Perhaps I was just grumpy that day, but what could be seen of Windermere from beside the main road in the gaps between the trees and the dense forest of "keep out" signs didn't impress the way that Ullswater and Derwent Water do.

Windermere

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[Tag] Tags: crap places, cumbria, lake district, lakes, rural, uk, windermere


Tue, 25 Dec 2012

Winter in Keswick

Castlerigg

In February 2010 I booked the train up to Penrith...

Latrigg

Sun, snow, sheep

only to break the bicycle I'd planned to take on the day before departure....

Skiddaw

so changed plans and walked everywhere in the snow around Keswick and Derwent Water, where the boat bus company fought to break the ice...

Windermere

Derwent Water

up over Walla Cragg and Latrigg in the blizzard, and through the fresh snow around the stones at Castlerigg...

Derwentwater

and got the double decker bus down to Windermere for the train home...

Latrigg

Ashness Bridge

Skiddaw

Sheep, shadows, and snow on Skiddaw

snowstorm and sunlight

Windermere

The squirrel was a lucky catch in the woods below Ashness Bridge.

squirrel!


[Tag] Tags: cumbria, lake district, lakes, mountains, rural, snow, the north, uk, weather, winter


Sun, 13 May 2012

Skiddaw from the shores of Derwent Water

Derwent Water

This is another one of those views I seem to keep returning to.

Derwent Water

Derwent Water

With attempts from the summers of 2007 and '08, the spring of '09 and winter '10.

Derwent Water

The distinctive blunted heaps of England's fourth highest mountain, Skiddaw...

Skiddaw

Derwent Water

...reflected in Derwent Water.

Derwent Water

The same view that appealed to and was exaggerated by the Romantic landscape artists.

Skiddaw

Derwent Water

One day I might even get around to climbing to the top and taking one looking the other way...

Derwent Water


[Tag] Tags: cumbria, lake district, lakes, mountains, national parks, rural, the north, time series, uk


Wed, 26 Oct 2011

Haystacks

Haystacks

Not a big hill by Lake District standards, but a popular one.

Sign

Because of its pleasant ascents past the tarns and rock formations.

On Haystacks On Haystacks

And the view over Buttermere and the valley.

Buttermere

More on Wikipedia.

Buttermere

[Tag] Tags: buttermere, cumbria, haystacks, lake district, lakes, mountains, rural, the north, uk


Sat, 20 Mar 2010

Location: Castlerigg

Castlerigg

In the house where I grew up, on the side of a kitchen cupboard above the kitchen sink is a small wide yellowed print on a bent and battered cobweb covered card, faded with the light of five thousand sunrises and dappled from the condensation of countless boiled kettles.

Castlerigg

It's a print of the stone circle at Castlerigg, the Celtic Carles of Keswick, looking north over the shapely Cumbrian fells of Latrigg and Blencathra, known as Saddleback, in the northern lakes.

Castlerigg

A neolithic druidical astronomy set, aligned with the autumn equinox and set centre stage on a minor eminence in a cavernous amphitheatre.

Castlerigg

An antique shelter for the sheep, trap for the tourist, and prop for the photographer.

Built to catch the light and the lightning, the sun, the snow and the storms.

More photos in the Cumbria gallery...


[Tag] Tags: castlerigg, cumbria, history, lake district, national parks, rural, the north, uk, weather


Sat, 30 Jan 2010

Moving photographs

When flickr introduced video functionality, the community was divided. To a certain type of purist it was the beginning of the end, or the last straw; the big coporate takeover ignoring the wishes of a passionate established community in favour of mass appeal. A certain type of purist flouced off and cancelled their membership.

To the rest of us, flickr videos are just moving photographs: just another way to capture the light and landscape, the streets and streams of changing scenes.

more moving photographs...


[Tag] Tags: derwent water, flickr, lake district, photography, video


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