22nd August 2011
and Crummock Water have long been an intended destination
for us but, logistically, they are a bit of a challenge.
An overnight stay somewhere seemed the obvious
solution and the chosen place was Cockermouth. Partly
this was to support the town in the aftermath of its
remarkable floods in late 2009 and partly because, logistically,
it fitted in reasonably well.
was mid afternoon as we drew near Cockermouth and we
realised that if we did not go directly to Buttermere,
there was a distinct risk that we would not get there
at all that day and the forecast for the next was not
we parked half-way along Crummock Water and set off
for the circumnavigation of Buttermere. Had I
been a bit more careful with my planning, I might have
parked nearer to Buttermere village as the distance
proved a little more than I expected. Sadly, the weather
was not as sunny as had been forecast, at least not
until we were three quarters round the lake. However
the scenery was spectacular and I am tempted to conclude
that Buttermere is the finest of the lakes around which
to walk. Others are spectacular but, with the exception
of Rydal Water and Grasmere, don't offer the continuity
up Crummock Water to Fleetwith Pike
down Crummock Water to Low Fell
across Crummock Water to Mellbreak
you lost your puppet?
picture at Buttermere
with Fleetwith Pike behind
with High Stile behind
view across Buttermere
Crag catching the sun
Pike from the end of Buttermere
and again with Mellbreak behind
from further round
back up with Haystacks behind
Pike and Haystacks
path goes through a tunnel
and then through a glade
Pike and Haystacks in the evening sun
to Crummock Water
they are! Grassmoor behind
is my favourite picture of the visit:
Fleetwith Pike with reflection in Buttermere
stayed at the Allerdale Court Hotel in a room that pre-floods
had been part of the kitchens but the opportunity had
been taken to restructure and refurbish the hotel. The
room was very tasteful and there were some amusing pictures
on the corridor walls.
morning threatened rain so we concentrated on a tour
of Cockermouth. The aftermath of the floods is
somewhat strange. Much of the attractive Georgian
town has been rebuilt to a high standard. However,
there remain a number of buildings- mainly pubs and
shops- that are disused and in a poor state, detracting
from the overall impression.
route home was along the back road on the eastern side
of Lake Bassenthwaite. We decided to call in at Mirehouse.
Unfortunately the house was closed but the grounds
with Skiddaw behind
wandered around the gardens and particularly enjoyed
the poetry section. We were unmoved by the modern
poetry competition entries, none of which rhymed - that
shows how old fashioned I am about poetry! However,
there were also quotations from earlier generations.
was rather taken by this poem about one of her favourite
flowers- the Dahlia.
are not Dahlia - like the primrose gay
Hyacinth, or nodding bell
Which in my happier days
I knew so well
No flower art thou of ancient English
Thou gorgeous stranger come from far away.
love the now - not for thy gorgeous hue
an aged commuter bold and true -
Thou dost not leave
thy pale autumnal day.
There were who thought that
every peeping herb
Has correspondence with the distant
Thou Dahlia - thou must be the flower of
His banner raised, to conquer and to court
storms. Bold Flower, I do love thee
As a tall
maid of ancient pedigree.
have to say that it is rather different to the only
rhyme that I previously knew about a Dahlia and which
does not bear repeating here!
poem that caught the eye is an extract from Dear Friend
by Tennyson, mainly because of the reference to Marge,
which is our children's nickname for Margaret.
Friend, whom to have seen and known
Is ever to life's
The gale before a coming shower,
placid intellect had grown
Like little woods with
Where a fountain overflows,
his Marge alone
leaving, we followed the trail to the lovely church,
then through the woods and eventually emerged at the
lake side where the team photo was taken.
had been a rare event for us to have a short break in
the lakes but, based on this experience, one that we
ought to repeat. Again and again and soon!
23rd August 2011
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