|Bottom of Derwentwater looking towards Keswick, with Skiddaw in the distance|
I've just been on holiday with Mrs R, walking in the Lake District, and thought I'd share some of my holiday snaps, which I took on my Canon 5D mkIII. Click on an image to open up the larger views. The weather was mostly cloudy, but dry, so it wasn't always great for photos, but it was ideal for walking. I did manage to capture some great-looking skies though. We stayed in a cottage in the village of Threlkeld, which is about four miles from the town of Keswick on Derwentwater. Here's a link if you'd like to look it up on on Google Maps
I hardly used the car all week which was great. We walked into Keswick for further walks around Derwentwater via an old disused railway line which has been turned into a recreational walk. The walk crosses several rivers and streams over old iron railway bridges where one day we saw our first red squirrel. Unfortunately I didn't have my camera with me that day, which is typical. Here's a photo of a tunnel we passed through, looking at one of the bridges.
One particularly long walk took us through Keswick and across the water by boat to a peak called Catbells, which is quite a steep ascent, but also quite short. This photo was taken about halfway up with my 14mm lens.
And here's Mrs R at the top of Catbells in her new walking boots. Quite a view!
From there we continued down the other side via a steeper descent, heading for lunch at the Ladore Falls hotel. We met a very friendly (and photogenic) cow along the way, who came to the water for a drink as I was setting up for the shot taken at the top of this blog.
After lunch we walked up from the hotel to the waterfall that the hotel takes its name from. The longest lens I had with me was my 35mm, so I had to scramble across the rocks with my tripod to get close enough.
We had planned to take the last boat back to Keswick, but as there's plenty of daylight this time of year, we decided to walk back instead, and I'm glad we did or I wouldn't have been able to take the photo below. I think we walked about sixteen miles that day, and we slept very well as a result. :o)
Thanks for looking!