Friday, 16 October 2009

Autumn In Lakeland

Another LDWA event organised by the Morecambe Bay & Bowland group, this one from Rosthwaite in Borrowdale with the route going north, towards Keswick, by Dock Tarn, Watendlath and Walla Crag. After Keswick the route turns south over Catbells and around High Doat before dropping into Rosthwaite for the finish. See bottom of post for map.

The forecast suggested a cloudy start followed by clearing skies and perhaps some sunshine – what happened was a stunning start to the day as the sun burnt off low lying mist before low clouds rolled in around midday before clearing through by mid afternoon. This is often the last of the “20 mile” LDWA events of the year for us and, as always, it is great way to see the best of lower Borrowdale (this one is 20.8 miles, if you don’t get lost) . The start and finish were changed from previous years with one or two other consequential changes in the route, none of which can excuse us for missing a turning before Keswick and adding half a mile or so of tarmac to the route.

Borrowdale morning Borrowdale just after setting off

RosthwaiteLooking back to Rosthwaite 


Dock Tarn

Dock Tarn



Derwent Water

Derwent Water after the clouds rolled in


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Derwent Water from the other bank after the clouds rolled away


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Robinson, Hindscarth and the other Buttermere fells

Causey Pike

Causey Pike and the ridge running over Scar Crags to Sail with Ard Crag to the left


Catbells summit with Bassenthwaite Lake in the distance

Derwent Water

Final look at Derwent Water from Catbells

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  1. a lovely day out-dock tarn is my favourite shot, beautiful colours

  2. Beautiful place on a beautiful day. Thanks for telling you like it. :)

  3. Great photos Ian. Particularly the view to Rosthwaite and Dock Tarn.