The Lake District – Day 4; The Drive Home

Castle Cragg I had a lie in today, I didn’t get up until 730! Hehe The people who own the cottage I stopped in said they had noticed me leaving early every morning; the early bird catches the best light. Not much to report from today, other than the 3 hour drive was uneventful, but I did keep stopping on the way out of Derwent Water to grab shots. Derwent Water

Once I was on the A66 though it was a clear drive home, apart from toilet stops and petrol stops. The Lake District was lovely, and I’m glad I visited.

Derwent Water

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The Lake District – Day 2; Buttermere, Waterfalls and Derwent Water

Derwent Water Today I set my alarm for 645, and decided I would set off early, but not at sunrise. Buttermere

This decision was made on the basis that I wouldn’t be able to see sunrise because of the mountains anyway. When I woke up the sky was a lovely shade of purple/pink, so I was a bit annoyed! Never the less I set off whilst the sun was just below the mountain line and headed for Buttermere; the plan being I would shoot the trees as the sun hit them over the mountain, then walk to Scale Force waterfall.ButtermereWhen I got to Buttermere there were quite a few other photographers there. I set up shop and ended up being there for about an hour. The sun looked promising as it peaked above the mountain, but the higher it got it ended up being hidden behind cloud. Buttermere

At 9am I decided to move on and do the walk to Scale Force. I would rate this walk as “too much bog for the waterfall”. The waterfall itself was a bit disappointing, especially when considering how mucky I got walking to it.

Scale Force I think the most disappointing part of the walk, was the bit where I went up to see the top part of the waterfall. Loads of steep steps, and not a lot there when I got there. However the views over the lake from here were spot on. Buttermere

It was a nice walk (apart from the mud/boggy parts), just not a great waterfall.

Buttermere By this point, I’d walked 40k odd steps and up 300 flights of stairs, and I was getting a bit tired. I stopped it at a cafe at the start/end of the walk and bought a ham and tomato baguette. I’m not sure if I was just mega hungry, or if it genuinely was the best baguette ever, but I really enjoyed it. Derwent Water

I came back to the cottage for an hour and a half, and then went back out to see if I could get on the jetty that I couldn’t get on yesterday.

Derwent Water When I first got there there were loads of photographers around it, so I went off and did my own thing. On my way back there were only 2 photographers left so I joined them and got my shots. Derwent Water

One of the photographers who was there was local and said that the jetty on the other side of the lake is much better, so I’ve had a look and it’s a 20 minute walk from where I am staying so I’ve added that to tomorrows agenda.

Derwent Water Not sure what to do tomorrow, as the weather looks a bit pants on the forecast, but then didn’t look that bad on the BBC forecast on the TV so I guess I will go to the jetty in the morning and play the afternoon by ear. I was supposed to go to Helvellyn, but I don’t much fancy that if it’s chucking it down. I’ve also not managed to get to Ullswater yet either, so I have options. Derwent Water

The Lake District – Day 1; Catbells, Buttermere and Honister Pass

Catbells This morning I got up bright and early, and set off on a three hour drive to the Lake District. Sunset, Honsiter Pass

I arrived at Derwent Water at about 10, and after quickly unpacking and the people who own the accommodation pointing out the best walks I set off to hike up Catbells.

Sunset, Honsiter Pass This is my first solo holiday, and up until setting off up the mountain (It’s only a small one, but it’s still a mountain!) I was starting to regret going on my own. There is something about sharing a view with someone. Sunset, Buttermere

And there is definitely something about not having to carry 10KG of camera equipment, and a tripod, and your lunch and a bottle of water, and your layers all on your own. (Shout out to kB here, as he normally carries my layers, water and tripod!)

Sunset, Honsiter Pass I’m also petty rubbish at steep climbs with uneven steps, and this is what Catbells is at first. Catbells

Once I could see the summit I was fine, and going down it always easier that going up!

Catbells I then went back to the cottage for a bit, and had some lunch. Catbells

Then I set off out to Honister Pass, but I drove here. The sunset itself was a nothing event (too many mountains perhaps), but before the sun set the sky was a lovely colour.

Catbells I finished off by trying to get the a jetty at Derwent Water, but the one closest to where I am staying had about 5 people setting up fairy lights on it, so I left it and came home. Catbells

Pizza and sticky toffee pudding for tea, and I am more than ready for bed!

Catbells Catbells

Catbells

Mountains at Sunset

On the second to last day we spent the evening driving around the mountain roads near our hotel. We got a good view of the sunset from a different vantage point, and saw a ruined house-thingy in a wall.

Sunset up the Mountains, Croatia Sunset up the Mountains, Croatia

Sunset up the Mountains, Croatia Here you can see the smoke of the fires from further up in the mountain. It hadn’t rained in Croatia for a long time, so large parts had either been on fire, or were on fire. Sunset up the Mountains, Croatia

I’m currently regretting not posting these as I was there, because I fell like things have been lost in the two months since we came back….

Sunset up the Mountains, Croatia  Sunset up the Mountains, Croatia

Sunset up the Mountains, Croatia Sunset up the Mountains, Croatia

Croatia

At the ripe old age of 31 I have never stopped awake for 24 hours before. I almost made it on the day we went on holiday, but I had squeezed in a 20 minute nap in the evening, so I’m not sure that it counted.

Sunset

We had a rubbish flight time, which meant we had to be at the airport for 4am. When we got to Croatia, they have a rule that you can’t check in until 3pm. We had packed some swim stuff but we were too tired to do anything really.

Cracking views of the sunset from the balcony though!

Isle of Arran – Day 5

Goatfell, from Sannox As storm Doris passes over the United Kingdom, we seem to have gotten away with it! Apparently the ferries off the Isle this morning/early afternoon were cancelled, but later in the afternoon the sun came out. Hills and Mounatins

Tomorrow morning looks to be calm so hopefully we will be on our way on time.

Goatfell Once the rain had passed this morning we drove around the Isle, stopping off occasionally to take a photo. Goatfell II

Fingers crossed that the weather stops OK for tomorrow morning, as I plan to get up for sunrise to pop out and take a shot. The weather hasn’t been to great so this is the only opportunity I will have to do this!

Isle of Arran – Day 4

Rain over Brodick Today was forecast to be the best day of our mini break, so today was the day we would try to reach Goatfell Summit. We got up a bit later and had a more relaxed morning, before driving a brief way to park at the start of the walk. Goatfell

The weather forecast had remained favourable so we set off optimistically to reach the top.

Raining The first thing to note was that it was very windy. Due to this we didn’t make it all the way to the top. Goatfell

The second thing to note was that on our way back down it started hailing pretty much sideways and we got soaked – so we were glad we didn’t go all the way to the top!

Downpour We are now both pretty pooped! The Path to Goatfell

Isle of Arran – Day 2

Witches Step, North Sannox

After a rather miserable start to the morning, it brightened up around noon. We managed to squeeze in a couple of walks (North Sannox and Glen Sannox) as well as a trip to the distillery. Witches Step, North Sannox

A gym session in the morning and two walks has left us a bit pooped.

Isle of Arran Overall Arran is exceeding my expectations, which I had set low after Skye and Norway last year. Glen Sannox

North Sannox

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