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.
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!
While Nick was mainly taking longer shots…
…it was things like tree roots which took my eye…
We also stumbled across a lovely old stone bridge:
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:
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…
… and I got one on my side:
They then decided to run off up the road and we both got pix of their long tails:
By using the wrong setting on his camera, Nick got this ‘mistake’ shot, which I rather like. You can see the fleece in motion!
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.