Cumbria

Ashgill Force

Whilst returning home from a weekend in Northumbria, we visited Ashgill Force in the northern Pennines, south of Alston.    This is an impressive waterfall with a drop of 17m (56ft), directly under the B6277 with a few smaller falls lower down the river.  However it is out of sight and not signposted from the…


Blea Tarn

On Saturday we visited our cottage in Troutbeck Bridge in the morning, then drove up to Blea Tarn above Langdale to take some pictures.  After a cloudy morning it brightened up and in the afternoon we enjoyed some beautiful early spring weather.  With the Langdale Pikes as a backdrop, Blea Tarn is a noted spot…


Castlerigg

Castleigg is one of the best known neolithic stone circles in the UK.  It is located close to Keswick in the northern Lake District, and is overlooked by Skiddaw, Blencathra and the mountains of the Helvellyn Range, giving it a very dramatic setting that is a blessing to any landscape photographer.  However its proximity to…


Ennerdale Water

Ennerdale is the most westerly of the major lakes in the Lake District, making access from the main Lake District villages somewhat difficult.  There is no major village in the valley, and the access road only reaches the lake, so it is a long walk around the lake to the head of the valley.  This…


Loweswater

Loweswater is tucked away on the western fringes of the Lake District and is one of the least visited lakes in the area.  Despite being close to the coast, the lake drains inland, emptying to the sea via Crummock Water and the River Derwent.  This makes the geography rather unusual, as the head of the…


Rydal Hall

Rydal Hall is a Grade 2 listed building which today is used as conference centre and retreat in the village of Rydal, operated by the diocese of Carlisle.  It is just across the road from Rydal Mount, William Wordsworth’s home from 1813 up to his death in 1850.  The original hall was built in the…


Skelwith Bridge

Skelwith Bridge near Ambleside is a favourite Lake District location of ours, not least for the excellent cafe at Chester’s.  Apart from the bridge itself, there is a short walk to Skelwith Force, which can be continued to Elterwater alongside the River Brathay – just be sure not to park in the Chester’s car park if…


Stickle Tarn

Stickle Tarn nestles in a hollow above Great Langdale at the foot of the impressive cliff of Pavey Ark.  It is reached by a short steep walk from the Dungeon Ghyll Hotel, which climbs Stickle Ghyll (also know as Mill Ghyll).  The tarn and the surrounding cliffs are unseen until the last few feet of…


Stock Ghyll, Ambleside

Stock Ghyll Force is the only major waterfall in the Lake District that can be reached by a short walk from a town centre. The main falls drop 70ft in a slender Y shape at the head of Stock Ghyll. There is also an impressive weir and some attractive woodland, all within 5 minutes walk…


Tarn Hows

Tarn Hows is a well known beauty spot in the Southern Lake District, between Conniston and Ambleside.  The area originally consisted of three smaller tarns, however these were combined in the late 19th century when the area was dammed and landscaped by James Marshall.  When the Marshall family wished to sell their estate in 1930, it…