Lake District; Day 2 – Old Man of Coniston

Despite the rather miserable weather forecast we decided to head out anyway. If we didn’t go out we would only end up sat in a house watching TV and that seems a bit pointless to pay to do so. With raincoats on, off we went into the drizzle.

Walking Old Man of Coniston

Walking Old Man of Coniston

By the time we had gotten to the start of the walk, the weather had cleared up and in places there was even some blue sky. At one point we could actually see Coniston lake, something we hadn’t seen all morning.

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Old Man of Coniston
Old Man of Coniston
Old Man of Coniston
Old Man of Coniston
Old Man of Coniston
Old Man of Coniston
Old Man of Coniston
Old Man of Coniston
Old Man of Coniston

When we made it to the top it was so cloudy that we couldn’t see anything. Then we made a mistake, which was to try and get down using another route. In hindsight we should have just gone down the way we came, but we didn’t know that the cloud was hanging a lot lower on the other side.

Old Man of Coniston

It took an age to find the start of the side path down, and we were getting a bit grumpy by this point. I could hear rushing water and I suspect had the cloud not been so thick we would have seen some nice waterfall action. As it was we just had to be careful on the slipper stones as we made our way down.

Old Man of Coniston
Old Man of Coniston
Old Man of Coniston
Old Man of Coniston
Old Man of Coniston
Old Man of Coniston

After what felt like an age we made it onto a path and we could have kissed the ground we were so happy. What should have been a nice afternoon 3 hour hike had turned into a 6 hour mission, but at least the end was near – and we limped back to the apartment.

We made it out for pizza for tea. Had an early night then went home the next day because it was raining again!

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Lake District; Day 1 – Quarries

After being bored for a bit, I decided to book an impromptu mini break to the Lake District.

Cathedral Quarry

Last time when I went on my own I went to Buttermere. This time I decided to stop at Coniston. First thing on the agenda was to drive to a pub near the Quarry and get some lunch, before then heading down to the quarry.

At the Quarry

We then went to Tom Gill waterfall as we couldn’t check into the house we were stopping at until later in the afternoon.

Tom Gill Waterfall
Tom Gill Waterfall

It rained all afternoon and the forecast didn’t look much better for the next day when I had planned a rather long walk…

Austria; Day 5 – Wolfsklamm

Wolfsklamm, Austria

The rain had stopped – hurray! And we went to a gorge. I do love a good gorge.

Wolfsklamm, Austria

It was a nice walk up the gorge with some waterfalls along the way.

Wolfsklamm, Austria

Once at the top we went up to the monastery and had a currywurst.

Wolfsklamm, Austria

It was an Austrian bank holiday, so it was perhaps busier than usual for a Thursday in May, but still it wan’t that busy at all.

Wolfsklamm, Austria
Wolfsklamm, Austria
Wolfsklamm, Austria
Wolfsklamm, Austria
Wolfsklamm, Austria
Wolfsklamm, Austria

Devon Day 3; Wet and Windy!

Day 3 is where the weather rook a bit of a turn and instead of glorious summertime like sunshine, we went to full blown April weather; rain, wind and cold!

Welcombe beach

Despite all of this, the weather in the morning was supposed to be better than the weather in the afternoon, so I insisted we go to Welcombe Beach. Unfortunately the morning was also high tide, so we were a bit limited with what we could do whilst we were there.

Welcombe beach
Welcombe beach
Welcombe beach
Welcombe beach

Devon Day 2; Hartland Quays

Somewhat out of order in terms of blog posting! But! Better late than never…? On day 2 in Devon we went to Hartland Quays, and then to Speke’s Mill Waterfall.

Hartland Quay

Very nice it was there too. The walk from the Quays was pleasant, and then the beach was cool as well, some caves and the bottom of the waterfall and some interesting rock formations.

Speke's Mill Waterfall

Hartland Quay
Speke's Mill Waterfall
Hartland Quay
Speke's Mill Waterfall

Ingleton Waterfall Trail, Yorkshire Dales

Ingleton Waterfall Trail As has become a tradition, we go away for my birthday. It started when I turned 30, when everyone chipped in and we went to the Isle of Skye for 5 days. Last year we went to Malham in the Yorkshire Dales.

 

This year we went back to the Yorkshire Dales, but we went to Ingleton instead.
Ingleton has (a lot of other things I’m sure) a waterfall trail, and a cave system.

Ingleton Waterfall Trail Even though I’d chosen it as my place to go, I didn’t really expect it to be much; there were no good pictures of the waterfall trail or caves online when I had a quick search, so my expectations were pretty low. Ingleton Waterfall Trail

The week before we set off I printed out the Waterfall Trail leaflet, and was surprised when it said the walk was 2 1/2 – 4 hours.

Ingleton Waterfall Trail The weather forecast looked so poor on the run up that we considered moving the booking to the weekend after, but my gut said stay with this weekend, so we did. Ingleton Waterfall Trail

We drove up on Saturday morning, and as predicted, it was chucking it down with rain. By the time we got to the waterfall car park (it’s about a two hour drive). So with fingers crossed we set off on the circular walk.

Ingleton Waterfall Trail It was a fair walk before we saw the first waterfall, but it was a lot bigger an more impressive than I was expecting it to be. Ingleton Waterfall Trail

There was a clear path all the way around, and a places there were bridges built into the walk, so we walked right in front of the waterfalls in places.

Ingleton Waterfall Trail As well as walking around the river/waterfalls there were also chunks of the walk where we were in the hills. It was a bit misty, which I love. I love winter time; the grass is an odd yellow colour and the trees are bare, and add in a bit of mist and it is just perfect. Ingleton Waterfall Trail

The walk has a lot of stairs in it, and most of the walk was on rocks so it was uneven. Even though it was advertised as strenuous and we scoffed at it, it was more steps and walking than either of us expected.

Ingleton Waterfall Trail Having said that we made it around in 3 hours, even with various photo stops and drone flying stops. Ingleton Waterfall Trail

At points it was far too windy to fly my drone, and at other points there were a lot of trees and I didn’t feel too confident flying it.

Ingleton Waterfall Trail One of the waterfalls was in an open spot with some benches which was ideal for flying my drone, as it was also surround by hills. Ingleton Waterfall Trail

Once we had completed the walk we checked into the hotel and had tea. We were both tired so we went to bed really early. We’d been up since 730.

Ingleton Waterfall Trail

In hindsight, I probably should have popped out to see the viaduct before tea…

The Lake District – Day 3; Aira Force, Ullswater and Castle Cragg

Aira Force Today was the last full day. The weather forecast was a bit pants for it, so I was planning on having a wash out of a day, and was even considering coming home early. Waterfall

However, when I woke up the weather forecast had changed, and it wasn’t supposed to rain until 1pm, so I set off to Honister Pass as I wanted to hike around there.

Waterfall The problem with this plan, was that even though it wasn’t raining there was a lot of low hanging cloud, so I wouldn’t have been able to see much! So I settled on visiting Ullswater and Aira Force waterfall. I was glad that I did when I got there, a nice easy walk along woodlands, with a stream and lots of mini waterfalls along the way. Aira Force

On y way out of Ullswater I decided to visit this boat house to get a shot. Not quite as epic as I had hoped for, but I had to shoot from the road side which wasn’t ideal (And there was no path).

Boat House The weather forecast changed again, and so I set off for the cottage (Via a co-op to get some lunch). I toyed with the idea of Honister Pass again but I could see from my window that the cloud was still pretty low, so I knew it wouldn’t be worth the trip. I decided instead on a hike up Castle Cragg, which is pretty close to where I am staying. This turned out to be quite a nice little walk, even if the views weren’t as good as they could have been because of the weather. Castle Cragg

Glad to be going home tomorrow though now, my toes are sore from all the downhill walking.

At the mouth of the cave

Krka National Park

On the fifth day, we got off our lazy bottoms and went somewhere! It was an early start, as Krka was 2 hours away, and for some reason the people we booked the trip with felt it was necessary to stop off at another town for an hour.
Krka National Park, Croatia Krka National Park, Croatia

Krka wasn’t too busy, but it was pretty dry, and I feel like it didn’t look as epic as it could have.

Krka National Park, Croatia Krka National Park, Croatia

It was still pretty though, just not quite as good as I was expecting.

Krka National Park, Croatia Krka National Park, Croatia

Krka National Park, Croatia

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