Mist, sun and reflections in the Lake District

Jen and I could hardly have picked a better week to be in the Lake District last week! Although we had to contend with mist and cloud on occasions, the weather was stunning for much of it the time. I’m going to let the photos tell most of the story this time.

Our first full day was the one where the clouds never fully left the scene. We did the Dale Head round, which is one of my favourites in the Lake District, but Jen never quite got the views that I’d promised!

Dramatic clouds from the top of Dale Head towards Maiden Moor (Newlands Valley just visible on the left)

Dramatic clouds from the top of Dale Head towards Maiden Moor (Newlands Valley just visible on the left)

Late on the following morning around Buttermere, we had the most spectacular scenery of the entire week – and this view of the reflections from High Crag scarcely does it justice.

Reflections on Buttermere: High Stile is the mountain

Reflections on Buttermere: High Stile is the mountain

Our walk that day started late. Further up, a light mist had settled across the landscape, and I haven’t yet worked out to compensate for this photographically – but the mountains still looked magnificent.

Jen on Stile looking towards Great Gable

Jen on Stile looking towards Great Gable

I’m sure I’ve done Red Pike before but I’d certainly forgotten how amazing the views are, despite the mist. Nevertheless the entire descent from top to bottom was dreadful – it’ll have to be another route down next time!

Getting clear views was difficult because there was a light mist all day, but Crummock Water and Grasmoor still looked stunning from Red Pike.

Getting clear views was difficult because there was a light mist all day, but Crummock Water and Grasmoor still looked stunning from Red Pike.

We were based at the Black Sail youth hostel for Thursday and Friday nights, and our best day’s walking was on the Friday. We did some peaks neither of us had done before: Pillar, Scoat Fell, Steeple and Haycock. The clouds prevented obtaining great photos – but it was a most rewarding walk.

Jen crossing Scoat Fell, with Steeple in the background on the right

Jen crossing Scoat Fell, with Steeple in the background on the right

Our final walk, on the Saturday, was on Grasmoor – just out of the main tourist area but a very rewarding climb. I particularly enjoyed this view of Dale Head and the Newlands Valley.

The evening Sun gave some nice textures in the view towards Dale Head and the Newlands Valley

The evening Sun gave some nice textures in the view towards Dale Head and the Newlands Valley

2 thoughts on “Mist, sun and reflections in the Lake District

  1. Hi Richard
    As always your photos are first class and an absolute pleasure to see. I don’t do Facebook much so if you reply I will probably miss it… Just to wish you the very best with the vicaring and hope to catch up sometime. Nick Eden

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