Took a quick trip to the Lake District yesterday as the weather forecast was extremely good and I thought it would be a good opportunity to take some photographs.
A one and a half hour drive up the M6 motorway and I arrived at the southern end of the lakes. My intention was to drive up the west side of Coniston Water and then up around Lake Windermere, unfortunately, my navigation skills were a little off beam and I ended up on the west side of lake Windermere.
A short stop at Lakeside to take photographs and see the little steam train dressed up as “Thomas the Tank Engine” and pulling a coach load of parents and kids along the short stretch of line alongside of the lake.
I review of my position resulted in a detour via Hawkshead to arrive at the very northern end of Coniston Water. It was still only 10.15 am so the sun was still rising and there was still a haze and which every photographer will know is not helpful for taking long range landscape shots.
I spent some time walking along the northern shore of the lake before driving into Coniston to get some lunch. It has to be said that Coniston is not the most exciting place to visit but the drive around the lake is well worth the effort.
It is also worth remembering that Coniston Water was were Donald Campbell attempted to brake the world water speed record in “Bluebird” but which ended tragically with his death when the boat lifted out of the water and then crashed, killing him at a speed in the region of 300mph.
I spent a few hours just driving over the hills and taking in the magnificent scenery of the Lake District, my next trip will be to do the “northern Lakes” which tend to be more spectacular.
One tip if you plan to visit, especially on a lovely day, go early as it gets very busy.