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Europe » United Kingdom » England » Cumbria » Keswick January 13th 2020

You may have noticed that I am really into my photography and it can sometimes take over the holidays, much to the annoyance of my “photography widow” wife, who is actually very patient with me. This holiday, however, was just me, on my own, going on a photography workshop in Rannoch Moor in Scotland. I had decided to drive up, so to split the 470 mile journey I stopped for a night in the Lake District. I had always thought that the Lake District was a long way north, but it’s actually only half way to Glencoe, where I’m staying on the edge of Rannoch Moor. I had a small, sad, lonely room for one in a village called Braithwaite just outside Keswick. The view out of the window was quite stunning though. I wasn't there ... read more
Room For One
Braithwaite Hotel Room View
Full English Breakfast

Europe » United Kingdom » England » Cumbria » Keswick August 5th 2018

Day 3.. After a goodnight’s sleep thanks to the help of a few beers we had to rise early for the long trek home. Looking back at what we had done over one amazing weekend, and we had had an amazing weekend with all the hiking, and Kayaking. Cave exploring and wild camping and even though the plans had been changed several times to suit the environmental conditions, it had all turned out great. Perhaps the rivers flowed too fast to get to the planned campsite, plus with the fact of the bad weather, we had to move things around, but with all that we managed to have a great weekend!... read more
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Europe » United Kingdom » England » Cumbria » Keswick August 4th 2018

Day 2.. I After a busy wet and eventful first day in the Lake district and most of the itinerary already done we decided today to headed up to Bassenthwaite Lake, hoping that the flow of the river would be in our favour. Once we had packed our tent and checked no rubbish was left behind we headed out onto the now calm waters and head north. Stopping firstly at the Nichol End Marine for a nosey, we ended up being drawn in by the strong aroma of coffee wafting out, so fuelled up with coffee and Croissants plus the use of their facilities for the usual ablutions. Once we had finished looking round we got back into the kayaks and carried on to the mouth of the northern end of Derwent water and headed up ... read more

Europe » United Kingdom » England » Cumbria » Keswick August 3rd 2018

The Derwent dash about. After a busy few weeks with Wiltshire and Charmouth behind me, it’s time to take it easy, well easier. This time myself and a couple of friends are heading up to the Lake District. I had been planning a fun long weekend which included, hiking, Kayaking and a sprinkle of wild camping thrown in for good measure. I spent the usual few months researching car parks, accommodation and the best Lake to Kayak around and places of interest to hike to. Well with all this in mind and the unquestionable trust my friends have put into my organisational skills we set off bright and early, fresh faced and full of excitement; or should I say tired and full of coffee. My plan was to get the best parking spot at Derwent water ... read more

Europe » United Kingdom » England » Cumbria » Keswick September 23rd 2016

Geo: 54.5995, -3.13256 We got and headed out to the west coast of England. It is a beautiful morning, the sun is shining and it is fairly warm. We drove to Workington, but it was an industrial town, so we headed south toward Whitehaven. We found a place by the water and took a few photos. We decided to go to St. Bees Head, which was a few miles down the road. We parked the car and went into a tea shop and bought sandwiches, crisps and water. We then hiked to the top of St. Bees Head and had a little picnic lunch. It was a bit windy, but the sun was out and it was lovely. After our big hike, we drove to Cockermouth to visit that little village. William Wordsworth was born here. ... read more
A Roman arch at a graveyard
St Bees Head
View from near the top

Europe » United Kingdom » England » Cumbria » Keswick September 21st 2016

Geo: 54.5995, -3.13256 First I need to tell you that I made an error on my last blog. The gravesite we found was for my great great grandparents. My great grandparents are buried in Detroit. Thanks Aunty for straightening this out. We got up early yesterday, had a quick breakfast and headed out to Keswick. It looked like it was going to be a nice day so we walked into town, about a 15 minute walk. Its a cute tourist lake town. We walked all the way to the boat docks and boarded a boat. They make 8 stops around the lake. We took photos of the mountains and got off at the Lodore dock to hike to the waterfalls there. They had a bad flood last December and the easy bridge to the falls was ... read more
Lakeshore
The boathouse on Derwentwater
One of the boats

Europe » United Kingdom » England » Cumbria » Keswick September 19th 2016

Geo: 54.5995, -3.13256 First , a story to tell. We stopped at a Shell station to use the restroom and decided to fill the suv with diesel. As I was leaving to go get in the suv I saw a man about 50 years old coming out of the station. He had short cropped hair, about a 2 day growth of beard, a nice pair of earrings and a black and white polka dotted dress with black tights on. I did a double take. He walked to his car and left. I looked inside and no one at the station seemed to care at all. Interesting! We finally arrived in Wigan. We checked into our hotel and they printed out a map to get to the cemetery. I found a curator and he looked up where ... read more
Me by the headstone
Old church in the cemetery
Sign at the cemetery

Europe » United Kingdom » England » Cumbria » Keswick June 11th 2016

We pulled up outside our home in Roaemary's car as we'd picked her up to help her convalescence after her heart op. I asked the kids to recreate the poses they struck on the morning we left the house to travel down to Manchester. It's not just the tans and long blond hair that's changed, they also look more grown up.... read more
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Europe » United Kingdom » England » Cumbria » Keswick March 2nd 2016

We closed up the house with Cas was feeling rather stressed by all the last minute things to do. Ed and Hat we're excited and filled with anticipation, so I kept them occupied. Zoe very kindly took us to Penrith station and we were soon heading South for the start of our Little Tin Roof Tour of the world.... read more
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Europe » United Kingdom » England » Cumbria » Keswick February 29th 2016

Off to Keswick to get Ed some bigger boots. Everyone excited/anxious/tense...... read more




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