After battling through summer roadworks, traffic lights and subsequent lengthy queues, I discover as usual when visiting this part of the world for hill walking in late July, that the weather has possibly let me down again. I stopped the car to take the above picture of Great Mell Fell at the entrance to the Lake District from where I travel from. The weather surely can't be worse than it was at this this time last year, when funnily enough, this was the only Fell I managed to climb in a similar five day window I had.
Looking on the bright side though, there were other colourful things to look at on arrival at Keswick.
Queue for lunch
Speaking of animals, It was more evident than usual that all of the family had to be literally ......dragged into town.....
... although I'm not quite sure how happy some of of them were
So why not go in and "spend" the day on less than useful purchases making it an even more colourful place than it already is. It's not that long ago when there were only about five outdoor shops here, how many more of these bargain shops do we need now?