Our first visit to the Lake District

Two years ago we drove up to Cumbria for a few days’ walking. It was a trip that defined what we like in our vacations. It is a place of contradictions: remote yet not isolated; peaceful but still so full of human activity; rugged and domesticated. There is also no need to say that it’s a photographer’s paradise.

As it was only our first time there, and our first walking holiday, we opted for easy walks. So armed with a “short walks” guide and our trusty walking boots we set off every morning for a walk in a different part of the Lake District. Our first walk was the longest at 5½ miles, and took us along Elter Water, part of the Brathay, and on to the view of Little Langdale Tarn above. Our favourite walk though, and one to which we hope to return many times, was a very simple circular route around Buttermere. The drive there, through the Honister Pass, was equally enjoyable.

The two photos here are only a very small sample; that it has taken me so long to post any of these should really come as no surprise.

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