Lake District, May 2017

Day 1 – Tilberthwaite to Levers Water

One of the Tilberthwaite quarries
Exploring the old leat around Kennel Crag
Coppermines Valley
The dam at Levers Water, with the water level 1.5 metres below the overflow.
Church Beck at Miners Bridge
The woods below Mart Crag

Day 2 – natural world and industrial relics

Hodge Close quarry
Colwith Force
Sawrey’s Wood ascending an old mine road from Elterwater
Heading for the summit of Lingmoor Fell
Descending towards Little Langdale Tarn with the remains of mines near and far
Slater Bridge
Cathedral Cavern

Day 3 – evening walk to Foulney Island

Foulney Island is located to the south-east of Barrow, and east of the better known Roa Island and Peel Island. It is connected to the mainland by a long embankment. I’d not been before, so this was a walk of exploration, but also an opportunity to try to photograph some wildlife with the big camera.

The causeway to Foulney Island (seen in the distance) with tidal marsh on the left.
Piel Island
Foulney Island is a nature reserve and SSSI
Cloud on Black Combe beyond Barrow
An Oystercatcher, I think, though happy to be corrected
Roa Island

An interesting little outing, and reasonably successful experiment with the camera too.

Day 4 – Helvellyn from Glenridding

The fourth and final day in the Lake District is more overcast but waiting till the middle of the day saw the low cloud lift. My fifth visit to Helvellyn explored two routes (up and down) from Glenridding that I hadn’t used before.

Desolation from the lead mine
Looking back down the Glenridding valley
As I gain height, Helvellyn comes into view around the back of Catstyecam
On Helvellyn Lower Man, the hard work is done to reach Helvellyn itself
On Helvellyn looking down to Red Tarn
Brown Cove and Keppel Cove lead into Glenridding valley
After once again crossing White Side and then Raise, a right turn at Sticks Pass takes me back towards the lead mine
More of the remains of the mine as I zigzag down the hill

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