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 […]

Which way to High Dam?

Which way to High Dam from the village of Finsthwaite? This map on a notice board at the start of the walk helped: High Dam is a picturesque tarn near Finsthwaite and Lakeside at the southern end of Windermere. A dam was built across the southern end of the tarn in the early 1800s to supply water to the bobbin mill at Stott Park a few miles away. It is surrounded by mixed woodlands of oak, birches, larch and Scots pine to name a few. The woodland floor is scattered with bilberry, bracken and heather. – Walk Lakes website The 19th century Bobbin Mill was well worth a visit. I’d never considered the provenance all the wooden bobbins used in the once-thriving spinning and weaving industry in Lancashire and Yorkshire……but that’s for another post……. …….for now it’s onwards and upwards with our walk to High Dam. These pictures are in approximately the right order and were all taken on the way up. When we got to the furthest-most point of our circular walk at the top of the little hill we had a well-earned rest, whilst basking in autumn sunshine. Then the sky clouded over so I put away the […]

Dusk at Armathwaite Hall

This week’s OddBall picture for Cee’s Challenge was taken on our visit this week to Bassenthwaite in the Lake District. We stayed at Armathwaite Hall Hotel on Lake Bassenthwaite. The hotel grounds stretched right down to the lakeside. These trees reminded me of Tweedledum and Tweedledee from Lewis Caroll’s “Through the Looking Glass“:    

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!    

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