|Walla Crag cairn|
There's nothing better on occasions to go for a winter walk to escape Christmas food indulgence, lethargy and shopping. Today however was different as it was too windy and this virtual walk will have to do as a reserve.
It seems to me that I now post in Time Tunnels or a Time Hop with consecutive themes either being from last week, last year or maybe 2011. I haven't covered much of what I got up to in the not so happy year of 2012 on this blog but it was a great period of change, un-needful stress and lots of excessive travel on the road (usually in the dark) to South Yorkshire. All of this had to come to a sudden end in late January 2013 when the need to renovate and clear out my Mother's house for rental (nursing care home fees) purposes. Both February and March of that year were tough accepting the change whist constantly working on the house at weekends, late at night after work and then after visiting my Mother.
The day finally arrived when I handed in the house keys to the Estate agent to pass on to the new tenant. As I hadn't been anywhere for months and needed a break, the following saturday I checked and opted for the best available weather conditions in a radius of a two hour drive. This particular day out on 6th April 2013 was momentous in many ways as it was the beginning of a new chapter in my life although I wasn't quite sure what kind of chapter at the time.
|Climbing up to Walla Crag|
The Walla Crag / Ashness Bridge circular walk
... heading south on the east side of Derwentwater. This is the walk that I always recommend to any friends who are new to hillwalking in Cumbria / The English Lake District as it is so varied and inspiring.
In fact I get so enthused about it that I am pleased that you are about to join me on this visual feast of walking.
|Derwentwater and Catbells|
|Derwentwater and Bassenthwaite Lake from Walla Crag|
|Derwentwater and Keswick from Walla Crag|
|Passing Ships, Keswick Launch, Derwentwater|
|Bleaberry Fell path|
|Bleaberry Fell ascent|
|Skiddaw from Bleaberry Fell|
Although Ashness bridge bears a single track road serving the remote and hamlet of Watendlath, it became famous in Victorian times on The Grand Tour as many artists travelled to the area to replicate the scene. A William Linton (1791-1876) example
Comparing the Victorian scene with the 21st century image, it is unfortunate that the trees are starting to obscure Derwentwater with the Bridge gradually becoming more prominent in it's own right with each passing decade.
|Skiddaw and Derwentwater|
|Walla Crag from Friar's crag|
|Friar's Crag view|
Friar's Crag was handed over to the National Trust in 1920 following Rawnsley's death.
|Boats for Hire Derwentwater|
|The Heads, Keswick|
|Hi... Robin, Keswick|