I've been waiting for this holiday to come round for weeks! The Lakes is a favourite of ours and we are staying in a beautiful cottage with views of Catbells (Keswick).
We were hoping for autumnal colours and dramatic scenery and once we left the motorway and headed west to Grizebeck and then onto Wast Water that's exactly what we got.
Just before Wast Water we stopped at Woodlands Tea Rooms, a little gem in the middle of nowhere, for great coffee and cake.
We've never visited Wast Water before and it is quite simply beautiful. As the weather had started to turn and the rain arrived we tried out some black and white shots to capture the moody sky and dark lake. Ian tried longer exposures of 5 mins or more using the big and little stoppers.
We've been saying we would walk to the top of Catbells for some time now and today is the day! This was to be the original site for Ian's proposal but snow put paid to that - he did propose though at Whinlatter pass in March and I said YES !!!!
Well, they were not wrong when they said the beginning and the end was a bit of a scramble but we made it. We reached the top just before 11 am (11-11-2018) and held our two minute silence, which was very poignant. Poor Ian carried his camera bag and tripod all the way to the top to get a panoramic view but it started to rain ... and rain and rain, although we did manage to get a couple of pics on the way up and on the way back down. We even spotted a Kestrel which landed about 40ft away but, as usual, as soon as it saw Ian's camera it flew off - do all birds of prey have this inbuilt radar that detects a camera being pointed at them?
Today we headed out to Ambleside and Rydal Water and guess what – yep, rain, rain and more rain, however we did try to get some pictures as we weren't going to let the rain stop us.
Buttermere via Honiston Pass was on the agenda for today. Wow, what a view heading down past the slate mine - imposing and wild, which makes you feel very small and insignificant because of the sheer scale of it.
The walk around Buttermere is just gorgeous, a shale beach, forest walk and breathtaking views - very photogenic and one of my favourite walks.
Our last morning and what a miserable day, rain and wind, we headed home but not before Ian had booked his return stay for the following weekend as the weather looked too good to miss, unfortunately I get to stay at home ... it's alright for some!