Borrowdale: A Walk around Seathwaite Farm

Borrowdale: A Walk around Seathwaite Farm. One of our favourite walks in the Borrowdale Valley in England’s Lake District starts at Seathwaite Farm. Whilst parts of the Lake District have become very busy with tourists, the Borrowdale Valley is less developed.  There isn’t a car park with a ticket machine at the start of this walk; there is some off-road parking just before the farm though for those walkers who get there early enough. Whilst coffee shops are hard to find, there are some beautifully situated hotels and inns offering food and drink for the day visitor and comfortable accommodation for those who wish to stay. The area has been in the news recently as the 600 year-old tradition of sheep farming is very much under threat.  This is explained in an excellent Guardian article entitled “The National Trust, the sheep farm and a fight for a Lakes way of life”.   And also in an article in the  The Telegraph which quotes extensively from author Melvyn Bragg’s letter to The Times:  “Lord Bragg attacks ‘mafia style’ National Trust over Lake District land purchase” I didn’t know about any of this when we visited the area several times last year. […]

Christopher Robin Thought……

Christopher Robin thought that if he stood on the bottom rail of the bridge and leant over, and watched the river slipping slowly away beneath him, then he would suddenly know everything that there was to be known – A.A.Milne, “The House at Pooh Corner”1928 For all of you who love Winnie the Pooh……. ……this winsome quote is carved onto the first slate slab on this footbridge across the River Derwent in the  Borrowdale valley.  

Winter Sun at Bassenthwaite Lake

Winter Sun at Bassenthwaite Lake The weather here today, in North West England, was cold, wet and miserable. I’m posting these pictures to remind myself that the sun does shine in winter…. just not today! These photographs are from our last trip to the Lake District of 2016 in November when we stayed on the shores of Bassenthwaite Lake.       It is the only body of water in the Lake District to use the word “lake” in its name, all the others being “waters” (for example, Derwentwater), “meres” (for example, Windermere) or “tarns” (for example, Dock Tarn). – Wikipedia As soon as the clocks change to British Summertime to give an extra hour of light at the end of the day, our trips up to the Lake District start again. British Summertime starts on Sunday 26th March. First hotel booked for 27th March. We don’t hang about to let the grass grow under our feet! Speaking of grass…… Here’s  an alpaca grazing in the grounds of our hotel. The hotel has a small flock( or is it herd?). I don’t know if this one was curious to inspect us or if he was hoping we had whatever titbits […]

Walking in the Borrowdale Valley

We had good weather again this week for our penultimate trip for this year to the Borrowdale Valley in the Lake District . Whilst there’s not much blue sky in evidence on these pictures, the sun was shining much of the time. Fast-moving clouds provided an ever-changing sky with patches of blue never very far away. Colours of autumn are just beginning to show in the bracken. We’ll probably see a difference next week……it’ll be colder, that’s for sure. All these images were taken at the start of a walk up to Styhead Ghyll.               Thank’s again to Cee for her Which Way photo Challenge. 

A Well-Trodden Path

This well-trodden path in the Borrowdale Valley in England’s Lake District is my post for Cee’s Which Way Photo Challenge. It’s one of my favourite walks. We’ve another trip there planned for the week after next, so hoping the weather is as good…or at least dry!    

Which way? The Footpath or the Bridleway?

Which way? The Footpath or the Bridleway? We enjoyed another couple of days in  the Borrowdale Valley in the Lake District this week. I took these pictures on the walk from Seathwaite to Styhead Ghyll. There is a sign in Seathwaite proclaiming it to be the wettest place in England….but hey….there was no rain that day and the sun came out later.         This is my  post for Cee’s Weekly Which Way Photo Challenge. Why not click on the link and see posts from fellow bloggers around the world.  

The Gift of the Gael

The “Gift of the Gael” is a replica Viking Longship based around a Gaelic adaptation of a Norse design, the Birlinn, also known as a Scottish Galley, developed in the Hebrides and Western Isles of Scotland. Viking settlers would have commonly used this design as a small cargo ship for trade, exploration, invasion and warfare including transportation of mercenaries to Ireland.- PLATTY+    She was built by The GalGael Trust – a community project building and sailing traditional boats in celebration of Scotland’s heritage. Built in a Glasgow shipyard in 1999 from oak and elm gifted to the trust by the local council from trees felled by a heavy storm. Her name means gift of the Gaelic people. She was the first ship to be launched on the Clyde this millennium. – PLATTY+ I saw this wonderful boat yesterday at the Lodore Falls jetty on Derwentwater on my third trip of the year to Borrowdale Valley. The cleverly named PLATTY+ website has this tempting information: With one of our experienced helmsman in control, we will take up to ten of you, on an inspiring adventure, learning to explore just like the Vikings or just enjoy the surroundings in this good […]

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