A short visit to the Lake District………………..

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.

View along Lake Windermere from "Lakeside"

View along Lake Windermere from “Lakeside”

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.

"Thomas the Tank Engine" at work at Lakeside

“Thomas the Tank Engine” at work at Lakeside

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.

A "chapel cum barn"

A “chapel cum barn”

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.

Valley view of the fells.

Valley view of the fells.

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.

Edge of Coniston Water

Edge of Coniston Water

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.

Whispy clouds over Coniston Water

Whispy clouds over Coniston Water

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.

Imposing fell peak

Imposing fell peak

One tip if you plan to visit, especially on a lovely day, go early as it gets very busy.


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