Tuesday, 8 November 2016
Lake District. Ullswater. Patterdale. Glenridding. A Gallery.
On the last day of our trip I decided on a low level walk around the Ullswater, Patterdale and Glenridding area. Alex and others were intent on climbing the nearby Place Fell, 657 metres, from the hut but as my knees had been grinding painfully on the steeper descents over the first two days I decided a flatter day was in order, focusing more on pure photography. These days I'm just as happy high or low if I can capture great images and I was in the right place and had the right weather conditions to do the Lake District justice. This is a rower on Ullswater and a nice path weaves in and out the trees near the A 592 road connecting Patterdale and Glenridding together by the most scenic way for pedestrians given that it's a tight squeeze between the surrounding hills, both villages and the lake itself. More mind boggling is the fact that this is a safety boat for a swimmer in the water behind, either cold water distance training or just for the experience- given that wild swimming seems to be the new 'in thing' for the media to get excited about. Even the great outdoors are not immune from fashion trends and styling although wild swimming has always been a minority sport practiced by a hardy few individuals... it's just now reinvented and centre stage in the mainstream along with bothies... just like Munro bagging took off similarly a few decades ago which also used to be a low key affair practiced by a select few individuals. Not now though when any non hill-walking person in the street has a fair idea of what Munro bagging and bothy life is all about. In a way they have been prized and wrestled out the paws of smelly drunks and tramps, (like myself ) and re-branded as 'Shabby Chic.' for a very different clientèle. Whether both ends of the spectrum have anything in common if they ever meet is open for debate.
Nice video showing the upper pitches of routes above Borrowdale. Although an easy beginner's climb at V Diff level this area has many low grade classics with great views over Derwent Water and considerable exposure once free of the forests below. Ah, takes me back to a time in the distant past when I was youthful and full of spunk as well, just like Debbie in her prime :o) and did numerous routes like this one. Worth watching full screen.