Lakes journal part 2

Got back from the Lake District last night, always sad to go home and especially so yesterday, it was a glorious day after rain, rain and more rain. We decided to do a walk near Keswick on our last day and went up to Walla Crag, which is easily walkable from town centre and has marvellous views for what’s only a little hill:

And on the other side, view of Keswick and Skiddaw behind – so happy we’ve managed to climb it this time:

We walked to Ashness Bridge, which I think I’ve posted on before, then back via Great Wood, around 6.5 miles and skipping over lots of little Gills swollen with weekend rain. Back in Keswick, got some local cheeses from the cheese deli and pork pies from the butcher for the journey home (well, you have to!) and spent the last hour browsing old books in an antiquarian/ second hand bookshop which I’d never even seen before. They’ve a tiny little window on street level and the shop is on the first floor, so easily missed. I drooled over a very old Complete works of Hogarth but, at £140 was a bit much so bought some paperbacks instead – Howard’s End was a perfect read for train back home.

Bank holiday Monday weather was pretty nasty so we ended up taking a bus to see Aira Force. Luckily we were early, only a few people about but the car park filled up as we were leaving. It’s only a short woodland walk and most definitely worth it, the waterfall is highest in the Lake District and just magnificent. As we walked back, trying to catch last glimpses of it through the trees, I was imagining what it must be like in bleak winter. Probably pretty awesome,

On way back, stopped for lunch at Horse and Farrier Inn in Threlkeld then decided that the rain wasn’t that bad (we’d gotten really soaked earlier) and that we’d walk back to Keswick via disused rail path, which was very pretty.

Now back at home and looking at all the photos, am slightly disappointed that the ones we took from Skiddaw on Friday are blurry and just not that good. By the time we reached the top, the clouds were pretty ominous and my fingers were clearly too cold to hold camera steady, still here are a couple:

I originally planned the climb to be via Ullock Pike and Long Edge, just visible on the left – looking down at this path almost made me dizzy! Am sure it’s fine in good weather though.

Blencanthra in the distance, this was taken on way back down. Guess this is it for the Lakes this year, very sad.