Lake District (2)


This is the second set of photos from our Lake District holiday. (First set here.)


We took a tourist boat across the lake from Ambleside to Wray Castle.

Looking back as the boat approaches the castle landing stage.
1/500 at f8, 23mm, ISO200 54°24′14″N 2°57′42″W

Before visiting the castle, we went for a circular walk in the area. We left the castle by its road entrance.

Which has castle-type gateposts, of course.
1/125 at f8, 23mm, ISO200 54°23′54″N 2°58′9″W

The walk ran along a road for a short way, then on paths through farmland.

Another nice tree.
1/500 at f8, 23mm, ISO200 54°23′45″N 2°58′13″W
Gate into a lake. (And some upside-down sheep.)
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Round hill, with some larger hills in the background.
1/500 at f8, 23mm, ISO200 54°23′35″N 2°58′35″W

We were circling around towards a hill called Latterbarrow.

Latterbarrow in the distance.
1/250 at f8, 23mm, ISO200 54°23′13″N 2°59′20″W
Looks like this is used for muck-spreading (to judge by the name).
1/125 at f8, 23mm, ISO200 54°22′58″N 2°59′30″W
Wall and distant hills.
1/250 at f11, 23mm, ISO200 54°23′1″N 2°59′3″W

The climb up Latterbarrow was relatively easy (although I’m not sure R agrees). The summit is 244 metres above sea level and has a cairn on top. There’s a nice view; we would probably have been able to see quite a long way on a clearer day.

1/500 at f8, 23mm, ISO200 54°23′0″N 2°58′33″W

We went down the other side of the hill, heading for the lake.

View over Windermere.
1/500 at f8, 23mm, ISO200 54°23′2″N 2°58′30″W
Lone tree by a wall.
1/250 at f8, 23mm, ISO200 54°23′6″N 2°58′25″W
Lane with farm buildings.
1/250 at f8, 23mm, ISO200 54°23′26″N 2°58′5″W
Smooth slope.
1/250 at f8, 23mm, ISO200 54°23′30″N 2°57′59″W
R walking through a hole.
1/60 at f8, 23mm, ISO200 54°23′37″N 2°57′49″W

When we reached the lake, the sun came out for a bit.

Lakeside trees (1).
1/250 at f8, 23mm, ISO200 54°23′46″N 2°57′45″W
Lakeside trees (2).
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View across lake toward White Cross Bay.
1/500 at f8, 23mm, ISO200 54°23′52″N 2°57′44″W

We finally visited the castle. There’s not much inside it - after being built as a private house in the 19th century (somebody just wanted their house to look like a castle) it was used for various things including as training base for naval radio officers. The National Trust now looks after it.

Looking up from the central room.
1/30 at f5.6, 23mm, ISO800 54°24′3″N 2°57′52″W
View through windows.
1/60 at f8, 23mm, ISO200 54°24′3″N 2°57′52″W
Fireplace with tiles.
1/30 at f4, 23mm, ISO800 54°24′3″N 2°57′52″W
Interesting geared thing. (Clock mechanism?)
1/15 at f2.8, 23mm, ISO800 54°24′3″N 2°57′52″W
1/60 at f5.6, 23mm, ISO800 54°24′3″N 2°57′52″W
Stairs up to interesting locked door at the very top - with ‘danger, radioactive’ sign!
1/30 at f4, 23mm, ISO1600 54°24′3″N 2°57′52″W

We went back down to the landing stage to pick up the ferry again. There was a little while to wait, so I climbed over a fence to get some interesting views of the boathouse area.

Lakeside pallet.
1/15 at f8, 23mm, ISO200 54°24′9″N 2°57′47″W
Boathouse, tree, and pile of gravel.
1/15 at f2.8, 23mm, ISO200 54°24′12″N 2°57′46″W
Boathouse corner.
1/15 at f2.8, 23mm, ISO1600 54°24′12″N 2°57′46″W
Boathouse entrance porch.
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Harbour area and lake.
1/125 at f8, 23mm, ISO200 54°24′12″N 2°57′46″W
Harbour area.
1/30 at f8, 23mm, ISO200 54°24′12″N 2°57′46″W
1/30 at f8, 23mm, ISO200 54°24′12″N 2°57′46″W
Lake (and ducks), looking across to Low Wood Bay.
1/125 at f8, 23mm, ISO200 54°24′12″N 2°57′46″W
Lake and single sail.
1/125 at f8, 23mm, ISO200 54°24′12″N 2°57′46″W
View out to lake from landing stage.
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The boat takes a circular route, so it goes back a more interesting way.

Lakeside near Wray Castle.
1/125 at f8, 23mm, ISO200 54°24′5″N 2°57′35″W
Landing stage at Brockhole Visitor Centre.
1/500 at f8, 23mm, ISO200 54°23′56″N 2°56′45″W
View from boat (1).
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View from boat (2).
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Nice looking boathouse.
1/125 at f8, 23mm, ISO200 54°24′49″N 2°57′22″W
Arriving at Ambleside Pier.
1/250 at f8, 23mm, ISO200 54°25′9″N 2°57′47″W


We took a couple of buses to Coniston, the main town by Coniston Water (another lake). Once there, we went for a short trip on the National Trust’s Steam Yacht Gondola. It’s a restored old boat and is indeed steam powered - and impressively quiet with it.

Crown Inn roofs; the Old Man of Coniston behind.
1/250 at f8, 23mm, ISO200 54°22′8″N 3°4′25″W
View from the boat, which has a sea monster on the front.
1/500 at f8, 23mm, ISO200 54°20′54″N 3°4′21″W
Hill on one side of the lake.
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1/500 at f8, 23mm, ISO200 54°20′30″N 3°4′11″W
Hills near Coniston.
1/500 at f8, 23mm, ISO200 54°20′54″N 3°3′54″W

After the very pleasant boat ride, we took a short walk back into Coniston.

Blue and green barrels.
1/250 at f8, 23mm, ISO200 54°21′52″N 3°3′56″W
Edge of lake.
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Hills (and cloud) through trees.
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Across the lake.
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Hills and cloud again.
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Power cables and trees.
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Hills through tree trunks.
1/60 at f11, 23mm, ISO200 54°22′3″N 3°3′52″W

We visited the local Ruskin Museum, which is packed with stuff (highlight is probably the original ‘Amazon’ sailing dinghy).

Museum building (presumably they knocked down the chapel).
1/500 at f2.8, 23mm, ISO200 54°22′12″N 3°4′34″W
Church Beck (1).
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Church Beck (2).
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View uphill (sadly this is as far up as we got).
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Crown Inn, looking sunnier than the first picture!
1/250 at f8, 23mm, ISO200 54°22′8″N 3°4′25″W


Before heading for the station to catch our train home, we took one last walk by the lake.

Rocks and view across lake.
1/500 at f8, 23mm, ISO200 54°22′32″N 2°55′24″W
Rock jutting into lake.
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Lakeside tree.
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1/200 at f8, 23mm, ISO200 54°22′51″N 2°55′18″W

And that’s all! We had a very nice trip. (As you can probably see from the pictures, the weather could have been better, but it wasn’t too bad either.) We’d like to come back some time. Especially since the pencil museum in Keswick was closed for refurbishment, so we couldn’t see that!

All images © Samuel Marshall. All rights reserved.