Last Saturday our friend Pam who was over from Tasmania had arranged to come over to see us for the day. She’s a keen outdoors type an so had suggested we might go for a walk up in the Lake District. The weather forecast was mixed with heavy rain overnight and travelling north on Saturday morning. But a window of finer weather was predicted for the afternoon before rain returning in the evening – and that’s the way it turned out.
So it was back up the M6 again. We decided to call in to Blackwell for something to eat, and to show Pam the house, while the rain passed over.
The house had been given a fresh coat of paint since the last time we were there (only a couple of months ago).
After a delicious light lunch and a tour of the house we set off. We’d decided not to risk the high hills but to take a low level walk which we could extend if the weather lived up to expectations. So we drove up past Amleside, parking up just after Skelwith Bridge and set off for a walk down Great Langdale, following the River Brathay
We walked past Elterwater with views of the mountains, crowned with grey cloud, opening up
past Elterwater village
The sun began to peek out from behind the clouds
We could see the Langdale Pikes in the distance
We carried on down the valley
Eventually we reached the New Dungeon Ghyll Hotel where we stopped for a brew.
Refreshed, we set off back down the valley
Looking back from near Elterwater quarry
Reaching Elterwater village we stopped off for our tea in the Britannia Inn
Lamb hot pot with black pudding for me
And very nice it was too.
Setting back to the car it was starting to go dark and the rain that was forecast was starting to arrive. With the nights starting to draw in, it was dark by the time we got back tot he car- ours was the only one left on the car park. Less than two hours later we were back home after a good day walking and catching up with an old friend.