Thursday, 7 November 2013

A Different View of the Lake District. . .

Any walk that doesn't include a soggy sandwich is a good day out in my books. Last Sunday we had gorgeous autumn sunshine for our twelve and a half mile circular hike which started at the south end of the Lake District National Park in the town of Cartmel. 

The hills here don't have the elevation that you'll find a few miles to the north. . . 

. . . buut in compensation, you get the sea!  

And a sweeping view of Morecombe Bay with its treacherous quicksands. 

And then to the north you glimpse the grandeur of the mountains.  

Not a drop of rain all during the walk, but plenty of rainbows.

And gorgeous autumnal colours. 

Some lovely tarns along the way as well. 

And lots of happy looking sheep basking in the sunshine. 

Our final destination was Hampsfell which is the ridge you can see in the photo below.

At the top is Hampsfell Hospice, a shelter built in the 19th century for travellers which is now the most amazing look-out tower. By the time we got there, it was a little past four o'clock and since we've turned the clocks back, dusk was already starting to fall. 

However there was definitely enough light to see a really incredible 360 degree view - these photos really don't do justice to it.  It was an amazing end to the walk. 

Cartmel is also the birthplace of the sticky toffee pudding.  Unfortunately the shop was closed when we trooped into the village shortly before five. Ah well, next time.

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