Week In Focus #1

For my first photo of a weekly challenge that I've set myself, I've gotten down low and taken a photo of tall grass which covers the moorland of picturesque Ennerdale. Autumn is offering up wonderful colours at the moment, with most greens turning to gold. It's a lovely time of the year to be out... Continue Reading →

Mount Teide

Mount Teide (Spanish: Pico del Teide) is a volcano on Tenerife in the Canary Islands, Spain. Its 3,718-metre (12,198 ft) summit is the highest point in Spain, rising 7,500 metres above the ocean floor, it is regarded as the worldโ€™s third-tallest volcanic structure and stands in a spectacular environment. Mount Teide was formed from three... Continue Reading →

Crummock Water

Crummock Water is a lake in the Lake District in Cumbria, North West England situated between Buttermere to the south and Loweswater to the north. Crummock Water is 2.5 miles long, 0.75 mile wide and 140 feet deep. The hill of Mellbreak runs the full length of the lake on its western side; as Alfred... Continue Reading →

Nannycatch: Skull On A Fell

With Halloween around the corner, I thought I would share with you a photo of a sheep's sun-bleached skull that I found on the fell-side, at Nannycatch (near Cleator Moor) in West Cumbria. Morbid, I know โ˜ ๏ธ Nannycatch is an interesting, and intriguing place name. The English Dialect Dictionary claims that Nanny means to catch... Continue Reading →

I Can’t Wait For The Snow

In recent weeks, we've seen temperatures plummet, with below freezing being recorded on some fell tops. Soon, there will be snow. Some people hate snow, but I love it. Don't get me wrong, I do understand all the hazards that come with snow, and like most, I avoid blizzard conditions like I would, the plague.... Continue Reading →

Walking In Ennerdale Valley

Walking in the glorious Ennerdale Valley is one of my favourite pastimes. The valley has the River Liza meandering through its centre, is lined with an assortment of trees, has a wealth of wildlife and has impressive mountains at the sides. It's a truly stunning place, and offers up peace and tranquillity. The Liza flows... Continue Reading →

Isle Of Man Sunset

The Cumbrian coastline offers up fantastic sunsets, especially for this time of the year, and on this occasion, I caught the sun setting behind our lovely neighbour, sat in the Irish Sea. The Isle Of Man (Manx: Ellan Vannin) is located off the Cumbria Coast. The distance from Cumbria to Isle Of Man is approximately... Continue Reading →

Bronze Age Devoke Water

I've previously shared with you a photo of Devoke Water, and I thought I would share another with you. The tarn (a lake on a mountain) is off the beaten track, but is a wonder to behold, with much history. Devoke Water can be reached via a bridle track from the fell road, off Birker... Continue Reading →

Cogra Moss

Cogra Moss is a wonderful enclosed forest surrounding a reservoir which is now used by the Cockermouth Angling Association. The walk up to the dam is along surfaced tracks. Beyond the dam a number of unsurfaced paths provide the visitor great access around the reservoir in a loop. For the more adventurous the walk up... Continue Reading →

My Favourite Place: Ennerdale

If I was to recommend to you, one place to visit in Cumbria, it would be Ennerdale Water, and its associated valley. I have a number of favourite locations throughout the County, but Ennerdale is way ahead of the pack, on my list of places. Ennerdale Water is the most westerly lake in the Lake... Continue Reading →

Black Sail Hostel

Black Sail Hostel, operated by YHA, is remote and accessible only on foot, itโ€™s a unique rural retreat that lovers of the great outdoors can normally only dream about. I've often walked to the hostel, but have never stayed there. It is something I've contemplated on numerous occasions. Maybe I'll get around to doing it at... Continue Reading →

Burnmoor Tarn

Burnmoor Tarn, on Eskdale Fell in Cumbria, England, is one of the largest entirely natural tarns in the Lake District. Its waters flow into Whillan Beck at the tarn's north-eastern corner, which immediately turns south and flows into Eskdale, joining the Esk at Beckfoot. Burnmoor Lodge, a former fishing lodge, stands by the southern shore... Continue Reading →

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