Thursday, April 07, 2011

Wednesay April 6th 2011 Ennerdale and Watendlath

After a windy and rainy night, it brightened early in the morning and we headed west towards the coast through the Newlands Valley, giving us a chance to take some lovely pastoral landscapes in sunshine
We stopped to have our morning coffee at the head of the pass before dropping down through Buttermere and Loweswater, where we found that the montains here were still shrouded in mist and cloud, but we pressed on anyway to park at the head of Ennerdale to eat our sandwiches for lunch.
Despite the mist and low cloud I did manage to get this shot
We headed back in the direction we had come, through Buttermere and the lighting was too good to miss
Our route took us through Honister Pass, and just over the summit I parked by the side of the road to get a shot of the tumbling stream
Then along Borrowdale and a sharp right turn up to Ashness Bridge, Surprise View and Watendlath,
Here is Ashness Bridge, just wide enough for a car with inches to spare!
A couple of hundred feet higher  up the hill we come to Surprise View, here is Patty making me nervous by standing next to the edge of a couple of hundred feet drop to get a photo!
Looking down you can see the massive flooded area to the left of the picture including the path to our campsite! The heavy rains of the last few day have certainly raised the level of the lake.
The last section of the road to Watendlath is very narrow with few passing areas, not for the inexperienced driver! we decided to have an ice cream in the cafe and outside there were lots of finches eating crumbs on the tables.
And here is the Watendlath bridge, sprouting a surprising variety of ferns between the stones, it is very scenic and a popular spot!
It had been a great day out!

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