Photos: Lake District, Cumbria, UK

Ok without further adieu, I bring to you ‘Part two’ of the Lake District posts (finally).

As mentioned in my previous post, I didn’t get as many shots as I’d hoped of the lakes themselves due to some dismal weather, but I still got some keepers. The images below are in no particular order. Read on to see what they’re all about.

Sunset over Coniston Water

Sunset over Coniston Water
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Above we have sunset over Coniston Water. This was taken on the way back from visiting Tarn Hows (seen below). For those wondering (like I did, having not heard of it before), a tarn is a small mountain lake. Small Mountain Lake Called Hows. Makes sense. Anywho, the sunset above at Coniston Water was taken during a quick stop by the side of the lake. It was windy and cold, however the sky was starting to turn shades of pink and orange as the sun got lower. I explored a few different angles along the shore line, but this was my favourite shot due to its composition.

Above we have Tarn Hows. It was a reasonably nice day with scattered cloud. Tourists were out in force and you couldn’t throw a stick without hitting one. The tarn has a nice walking track right the way around which only talks about an hour to walk. The cloud cover didn’t provide much in the way of colour, but once the sun came out a little I snapped this.

 

Backbarrow Bridge

Backbarrow Bridge
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Backbarrow is a small town built next to the River Leven. Pictured is the bridge and an old factory building that I’m told was once used to make blue dye that was added to washing in order to make whites whiter (before ‘modern’ washing detergents were invented). The river was flowing fast due to a lot of rain upstream and was a lot of fun to watch. There’s something very unique about the power of water that always gets me. I could watch it all day.

 

Exploring the mountains of Cumbria

Exploring the mountains of Cumbria
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A couple of days later we drove through the mountains of Cumbria via some of Britains steepest roads (Wrynose Pass and Hardknott Pass) in search of the deepest lake in the district. We stopped along the way for lunch by this little creek . The rock wall in this image is one of thousands in the area. It boggles my mind to think how long they took to build as the terrain is so rugged.

 

Exploring the mountains of Cumbria

Exploring the mountains of Cumbria
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This image I took as we got to the top of the Hardknott Pass looking west out over the landscape. You can see the road snaking down for miles into the distance.

 

Hardknott Roman Fort Remains

Hardknott Roman Fort Remains
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Just down from the top of the Hardknott Pass on the west side, are the remains of the Hardknott Roman Fort. A fort built centuries ago by the Romans to fend off invasion. The size of the area they built is quite amazing.

 

Lucky last we have Wastwater – the deepest lake in the Lake District at 260ft deep. You can just see snow starting to form on the mountain in the top right of the image. Unfortunately there wasn’t any snowfall lower down near us.

The lake was very clean and clear and I couldn’t help but taste the water – clean and watery – just like it should be. Lakes have always been a bit of an odd concept for me. I’ve grown up on and around the ocean my whole life. Seeing grass and shrubs on the edge of a large body of water like this is strange to me.

That’s all folks. Hope you’ve enjoyed the lakes as much as I did!

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