Waxwing

Waxwing
"To see a world in a grain of sand,
And a heaven in a wild flower,
Hold infinity in the palm of your hand
And eternity in an hour."

From "Auguries of Innocence"

by William Blake

Wednesday, 7 November 2018

Lake District - Day 3 Monday, 29th October - Part 1: A Frosty Morning Walk and a Walk along the shores of Rydal Water and Grasmere



Monday dawned frosty and very cold.

B and D went an early morning walk from Broomriggs, along the shores of Esthwaite to Hawkshead.

I didn't go on the walk so all the photos of beautiful frosty scenes are by D.


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View from our window at Broomriggs

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Today we decided to visit Grasmere and go for a walk along the shores of Rydal Water.

The first photos are again taken by D - I was relegated to the car back seat and as he was in the front it was easier to take photos!


It is a lovely drive and/or walk from Hawkshead to Ambleside.


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The church at Brathay

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Brathay River - we often stop here and walk along the lanes. It is a good site for Dipper and we have seen them nesting in the next bridge a bit further upstream.

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The Bridge House at Ambleside - not the best of photos but we weren't going to stop and get a better one as Ambleside looked very busy!


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We parked in a small car park by Brant Brows to start our walk along the shore of Rydal Water.


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Rydal Water is one of the smallest lakes and very beautiful. It is enclosed between the slopes of Loughrigg Fell and the Fairfield Horseshoe.

As we walked I could not help but think how this lovely area inspired the poetry of William Wordsworth and his sister Dorothy's Journal. Most of the walk is along the lake shore but parts are through woodland.






















I do love stone walls









When we reached the point where you climb upwards and then descend to Grasmere (lake) D and E were keen to carry on walking to the town of Grasmere above the shores of the lake. The problem with this idea was that the car was back at Rydal and we would have a long walk back so guess who drew the short straw and retraced her steps to the car driving it to Grasmere?



When I reached the end of Rydal Water and the start of our walk instead of climbing back through the wood I crossed over a bridge and walked back to the car park by the road.

The church at Rydal Mount - I really would have liked to visit this home of Wordsworth again and also Dove Cottage but time did not allow.




Nearly back at the car!





So you can see Grasmere I have included some of D's photo of the walk they did.


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Looking back at Rydal Water

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Looking towards Grasmere

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Walking into the town of Grasmere.

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Part 2 will include a walk round the village and a visit to St Oswald's Church and the Wordsworth Graves



*D - Photos taken by my son with the Canon SX50HS bridge camera.
Remaining photos taken by me with the Panasonic Lumix FZ330





11 comments:

amanda peters said...

What a lovely day for you to be out walking, a crisp sunny day can be just as nice as summer. The photos are wonderful, the sky reflecting on the lake. You can see why it's so very popular.
Amanda xx

David Gascoigne said...

A lovely tour of the Lake District. Thank you.

Ragged Robin said...

Amanda Peters - Thanks so much. I love cold sunny autumn days :) It is so very beautiful there - now we don't go so often whenever we do I wonder how I have kept away for so long! We have done that walk before in May when there were bluebells and believe me there was no-one else there! but last week it was busy!

David Gascoigne - Thank you - so pleased you enjoyed. It is such a beautiful area :)

Margaret Adamson said...

loved all the frosty shot and you got a wonderful sunny day to walk round the lake This is a very beautiful area. I was interested in the tree roots as I had a sculpture On last Sunday's post of very similar roots. I thought you might like to have a look at it

Ragged Robin said...

Margaret Adamson - Thanks so much.

Apologies I am still catching up with people's blog posts after the holiday so will be checking out your photo :)

Pam said...

The photos are great, they show off the Lake District beautifully :)

Ragged Robin said...

Pam - Thanks so much - when it is sunny and dry it is very photogenic! :)

Rosie said...

Both frosty morning walk photos and those taken in the glorious sunshine are wonderful, such beautiful seasonal hues. The photo of the lake over the stone wall is wonderful. I love the little robin and the view from your window is lovely too. I'm looking forwrd to part two:)

Pete Duxon said...

lovely trip Caroline !

CherryPie said...

The photos of the early morning walk are wonderful.

The views of Rydale Lake bring back other happy memories for me :-)

Ragged Robin said...

Rosie - Thanks so much. So glad you enjoyed the post and the beauty of the Lake District.

Pete Duxon - Thanks so much Pete.

Cherry Pie - Thanks so much. So glad Rydal brought back happy memories - it is such a beautiful area.