Sunday, August 22, 2010

Sunday 22nd August 2010 Newlands Valley, Ennerdale, St Bees

Sunshine woke us early and after breakfast we set off for Newlands Valley, one of the quieter and yet scenic way to get to the coast. These two farms are one of my favourite pastoral landscapes, and this morning the lighting was just right!
We got to the highest point of the pass and parked for a coffee and Grasmere Gingerbread, this is a view looking East in the direction of Keswick
It's a great downhill ride to Buttermere Village from here, you seem to be dropping for mile after mile and the view is just great.
We visited Ennerdale briefly and walked a little way down the sloping access road, but as it was getting close to lunchtime we didn't go very far
Just look at the amazing dry-stone wall running up the slope of the mountain, and imagine the amount of back breaking work that must have been required!

We spotted some butterflies and pat managed to get this rather nice shotWe made for St Bees next to go to the Tea Room for lunch there was a good view of the town from a road that we haven't previously used.
After that we were both readt for a rest and took the main roads back to the A66 and Keswick, the side roads along the west side of Derwentwater back to the site.
After we returned to camp I went for a walk along the lake side as far as the boat jetty where you can get a ferry trip that circles the lake, (must do that some day!)
An I spotted this Fungi just asking to pose for a portrait. It had been a great day!

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