I have been visiting the lake district for about the last forty years, my first serious visit being the Keswick to Barrow walk whilst I was in the royal navy stationed on a submarine under construction in Barrow. My friend and me managed about thirty miles and when the blood started oozing from his training shoes that was enough for us to stop.
It would be a few years before I started coming back with things like getting married, having kids and a four hundred mile road trip to get there not helping. Eventually the kids had grown up, we had our foreign holidays and we were at a loss for a weekend so off we went to Windermere. That was my wife Kim and me hooked and we would normally visit at least twice a year. Our two daughters have stayed up there and we climbed Helvelyn taking the striding edge route in early March which was a bit interesting. My wife Kim and daughter Carly have walked much off the Wainwrights’ walk series which was on the television, I think the only walk left to do is Blencathra.
We started of by using the bed and breakfast places to stay, but would go on to renting a cottage for our holiday, as it was much easier and a lot of the cottages are pet friendly. We have two newfoundland dogs so it is a no brainer getting the cottage. We have found some beautiful places to stay and the last few visits we have tended to stay over the western lakes around the wasdale area, it tends to be a little bit quieter probably due to the poor mobile phone signals, but on the plus side I find the views a bit more on the wild side and stunning.
We did not manage to get to the lakes last year due to my wife’s serious illness and our older newfoundland is getting a bit doddery on her back legs, but this year I did end up working out of Barrow in Furness which is located on the edge of the lake district. I was working the night shift and after work I would take a trip up to the lakes, it was the start of the summer and were blessed with great weather during my stay. A little bit sad driving around without Kim with me but hopefully we shall get a chance to return, anyway I hope you enjoy the photographs as much as I have enjoyed travelling around to take them.
Barrow in Furness
Ulswater and Patterdale area
Northern Lakeland Kirkstone Pass and Buttermere