Brandlehow to Keswick
was all rather impromptu, really! The weather
forecast for Kendal was quite strange. Sun at 10 a.m.,
fog at 1 p.m. but sun again at 4 p.m.. However
the forecast for Keswick said sunny all day. Let's
do it, we agreed.
would be touch and go whether we could get ready in
time to catch the 12:25 Borrowdale bus from Keswick
and previous experience (CW07)
said that if the sun is shining then by midday there
will be nowhere to park. However, there are two
ways to use a bus and the alternative of parking in
Borrowdale, walking to Keswick and catching the bus
back up the valley seemed much more attractive and less
was a bit of mist over Windermere as we drove up England's
finest road but otherwise the scenery was magnificent.
Lakes very still and snow on the fell tops- more
in the south, particularly on the Coniston fells, than
we started to drop down to Keswick I stopped to take
the same panorama as I had snapped on CW07
for comparison purposes. There did seem to be
some mist on the lake.
view as on CW07 but a lot colder!
parked at the Lodore Falls
formerly known as the Swiss Lodore. There is a rather
intimidating notice saying that parking was £5
for up to four hours, get a ticket from the porter or
you will be clamped. We needed longer than four
hours; how much would they want for that?
presented myself at Reception and a nice young lady
asked if I was using the facilities? I said we
might possibly, at the end of our walk. She asked for
the car number and that was it. No request for money.
Well done, Lodore Falls.
crossed the marshy land at the head of Derwent Water
to pick up the Cumbria Way. There was some warmth
in the sun, which was just as well as the ground temperature
was close to freezing.
dominated the view to the north, as it would all day,
with a strange cloud lurking over Little Man making
it look like the volcano had erupted! The view
south into the Jaws of Borrowdale was very atmospheric
but directly into the sun. Using Margaret as a
sunshade gave a nice "contre-jour" photo but
obscured the view!
The jetty at High Brandlehow
seemed to have been repaired so maybe we could have
used the ferry this time.
Brandlehow landing stage looking across to Bleaberry
took lunch just before the Low Brandlehow jetty, realising
that once past there, the sun would be lost behind Cat
Bells. In fact where we sat on a little premonitory
we had double sunshine, so strong was the reflection
of the low sun on the lake. Using a tree as a sunshade
enabled a southerly photo to be taken, at last!
the Way leaves the lake shortly afterwards, although
there was an interesting sculpture of a pair of hands
and Causey Pike
past the foot of Cat Bells, we emerged into
a field and regained the sun and a fine
view of Robinson and Causey Pike.
stopped at Nichol End jetty for our team
photo with the inevitable Skiddaw as the
through Portinscale and then, as it was still icy and very slippery,
we had some mild excitement on the Portinscale suspension bridge
over the River Derwent.
End team picture
and the Portinscale suspension bridge
were hundred of geese in the field and fine evening
views all around.
with the Derwent Fells in the evening sun
Helvellyn range beyond Keswick
which hill might that be?
done to the local councillors of Keswick. I think those of
Kendal should be sent there (at their own expense) to
see how to make a town look attractive for Christmas
shopping. Good festive lighting and a tented market
outside the Moot Hall. Not quite full marks however-
no stall selling gluhwein and sausages!
switching off the gps so that shopping mileage was not
included, we did our bit to keep the local economy vibrant
before catching the bus to Lodore. We did go into
the hotel with the intention of having a thank-you coffee
but we were in boots and rather muddy and thought they
might prefer that we came back to do the decent thing
on another day. However, the hotel looked really inviting, both inside and out with its Christmas decorations.
Thank you again, Lodore Falls
Hotel, we will return!
A591 is still a nice drive, even in the dark, with the
snow-capped hills silhouetted against the night sky.
Until we reached the fog, that is! The Westmorland
part of the journey home was rather more challenging!
challenging is the word for the next section- Keswick
to Caldbeck via Skiddaw House. Just how we will
tackle this 16 mile journey with no obvious break point
remains to be seen. However, I have a cunning
plan....! All will be revealed in due course.
29th November 2008
Sadly no washing worth mentioning. Must do better
If you haven't had your fill of Skiddaw photos, shown
below is a bonus picture, from Nichol End!
from Nichol End
49.5 miles cumulative
you have Memory Map on your computer, you can follow
our route in detail by downloading CW08.
E-mail addresses on this web site are protected
Spam Trawlers will be further frustrated
help fight spam e-mail!