Posted by: Elizabeth Lovick | October 17, 2013

A drive in the Lake District

Nick and I had Wednesday in the Penrith area. I had quite a bit of work to do, but when I got bored of that, we decided to go into the Lake District.

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Nick has been on an outward bound course from school to Ullswater, and it was there we headed first. The road meanders along the side of the lake, and at one point we stopped to take pix. It was very overcast, but the colours in the trees were lovely – and I don’t see trees very often!

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While Nick was mainly taking longer shots…

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…it was things like tree roots which took my eye…

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We also stumbled across a lovely old stone bridge:

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We carried on and the road got smaller and steeper. At the top of the Kirkstone Pass we stopped again to take pix looking back the way we had come:

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There were sheep everywhere, with several different breeds in evidence. The local breed is the Herdwick, and we always passed fields of them when there was no room to stop. But just over the pass, we came across three of this year’s lambs on the road, just by a parking space.

Nick got the one on his side of the road…

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… and I got one on my side:

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They then decided to run off up the road and we both got pix of their long tails:

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By using the wrong setting on his camera, Nick got this ‘mistake’ shot, which I rather like. You can see the fleece in motion!

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We then went on down into Windermere, a town on Lake Windermere. This is the middle of tourist country, and there were coaches everywhere! By now the rain was chucking it down, and we did not stop.

We were traveling without a map – just going where we fancied. When we saw a road off to the left which said ‘Unsuitable for coaches’ we knew it was right for us! And we were not wrong! It took us through pretty hills and little valleys, then up on to Shap Fell – the highest point of the A6 and M6. And still it rained. And rained.

We completed the circle up the M6 to our Travelodge, all in pouring rain. Hopeful the weather will be better for our drive up into Scotland and on to Glasgow for the Glasgow School of Yarn.

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  1. I never see pictures of the Lake District or Herdwick sheep without thinking of Miss Beatrix Potter. Thank you so much for sharing your trip and photos for those of us not able to see its beauties for ourselves.

  2. Penrith is quite lovely. I was there a couple of weeks ago as it is only half an hour or so away from where I live. Great pictures. :)

  3. Such scenery – and the lambs, both lovely

  4. love the sheep fleece in motion. great photo Nick.

  5. Lovely photos and article very interesting

  6. Hi Elizabeth, your and hubby’s pictures of the Lake District were so beautiful and particularly lovely b/c I think it’s probably as close as I’ll ever get. the lambs were precious. you are both very talented photographers. Please send more pictures from Scotland and enjoy the yarn festival.

  7. reminds me of a trip I took several years ago. The stone walls were my special treasure as well the way the English walk their countryside… loved those walking sticks…

  8. I enjoyed all the pictures so much. Yes, that sheep-whirl shot is a good one!

  9. Thank you for taking us to the Lake District with you! I will get there in real time some day. Aren’t Herdwick sheep a beautiful breed! Beatrix Potter had a lot to do with them in the days after she’d given up illustrating. She was quite a shepherdess as I understand. Did you see her Hill Top Farm by any chance? I would love to some day.

    • I have stayed in the home she Beatrix rented ( today it is a BandB ) while her home was being built… Hill Top was just down the road and visited by many Japanese as they learn to read English through her books…

      • I would love to visit. Interesting about the many Asian visitors. That must go with being an international best seller for nearly 100 years!

  10. Interesting post and breathtaking pictures. I love the Lake District. I went there to visit Dove Cottage, Wordsworth house in Grasmere. Then we walked to Rydal Hall, his second house in the L.D., and rested in the lovely village of Ambleside, where I visited a yarn shop. I would like to go back to the L.D. and stay more, but it’s a long way from Rome and a bit expensive.


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