Lake District – 2


Today our trip took us to Wast Water lake – one of the western lakes in the Lake District, which means that you actually have to drive for nearly 1.5h from Lancaster. Yet in the end it definitely was worth it!

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The slopes of the surrounding mountains are coloured in different shades

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and the whole lake has a rather eerie feeling

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As our planned walk around the eastern slope was impossible due to stone slides we decided to hike up a valley

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It was rather chilly again, but the steep incline made you warm within meters Zwinkerndes Smiley

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Rough landscape, but beautiful anyhow

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The look back towards the lake

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The sheep here are very fluffy as well – more like bobtails Smiley

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Totally cuddly

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As it gets dark at around 17:15 we had to turn back pretty early to catch the last rays of the setting sun

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Everything is still in winter mode

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As I love these contrasts and images I had to make a HDR image (like more later on…)

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Single birch before back…

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We were just lucky to catch sunset on such a perfect late winter day…

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The sky was ablaze – as were the mountains

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I loved these views

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Glowing sky Smiley

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It’s chilly Zwinkerndes Smiley

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The last rays

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The very last ones Zwinkerndes Smiley

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Afterwards we headed to a typical countryside pub with real ales

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And hops as decoration Smiley

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Open fireplace, hot beef & beer pie together with 2 nice pints… What else do you need?

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After the pub we just returned and retired…

The next day started in pure fog. Crossing the mountain range to the North revealed a blue brilliant sky indeed. So we made some small hikes – this time starting alongside a river

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Overgrown stones

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And beautiful riverbeds

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not a single leaf is visible…

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and up the hills 1000 years (if you consider the Romans arrived 79 AD then nearly 2000 Zwinkerndes Smiley) of agriculture and use of the land can be seen…

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Not a single tree – just meadows for sheep

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The lake (actually a reservoir) is below

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Basking in the sun… You can see the single lane sheep tracks – sometimes they are double lane. Our nickname was dual carriage sheep-way Zwinkerndes Smiley

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A wonderful rowan tree

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Again as HDR

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Growing out of stone…

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Enjoying the sun

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Back at the car the real old oaks

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Groovy

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Old and twisted

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A very magical place indeed

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derelict but alive Smiley

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The next day was a traveling day and I ended in Kings Lynn – an old hanseatic town (pretty much like Lübeck). Most buildings are from around 1400 – 1600, including the hotel (1452…) Zwinkerndes Smiley

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Henry VIII or Elizabeth I Zwinkerndes Smiley

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And the story goes on…

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This time it’s about heads…

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An old building alongside the main market place

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and a very colourful Pakistani restaurant for the dinner Zwinkerndes Smiley (just as a kind of escape from classical English food…)

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