Lake District National Park, Cumbria
A place I’ve always wanted to visit, and having heard so much about and viewed so many amazing photos, the Lake District was to be our destination for this year’s holiday. We did our research and with Buttermere coming up as one of the best locations to visit, we were booked and ready for our long journey from Plymouth.When we were planning our holiday, and being set on the Buttermere area, we weren’t sure whether to camp, stay in a local B&B or hotel, but in the end we opted for the Bridge Hotel in Buttermere and one of their self-catering luxury apartments, which would put us right in the heart of the location we had read so much about. Unfortunately, further research also revealed that the weather in the Lake District during the August period was known to rain a lot……….D’oh! Worried the journey would take much longer than usual, what with the holidays, we left Plymouth at 3:00am and arrived in Keswick (8.5 miles from Buttermere) at 11:00am for a bit of shopping and a well deserved break. On leaving Keswick we began our final part of the journey to Buttermere. Our trusty Satnav, navigated by the voice of Homer Simpson, for some reason at first, wanted us to drive into someone’s back garden. Perhaps he was looking for an ice cream truck! After ignoring his cries to make a u-turn and yanking the steering wheel, we ended up on the right track across Newlands Pass where we got our first taste of the stunning views ahead. I have never driven along a scarier road than Newlands Pass. The hill gradient leading down to Buttermere village, left us all wide eyed and trembling with fear, but the view was breathtaking and the clouds, I mean those clouds, they got darker! We were welcomed into the Bridge Hotel and shown to our apartment, which was so impressive; it was more than home from home. Eager to settle in, we began to unpack the car and with that, a flash of light, a roar of thunder, and the heavens opened……….D’oh! Luckily this wasn’t to be the sign of things to come and over the coming days, the weather was to improve and allow us to enjoy this remote but wonderful place. As an amateur photographer I wanted to capture as much as possible of this idyllic location and spent a few early mornings and late evenings walking around both Buttermere Lake and Crummock Water, taking in the fresh air and eye popping views. We have only experienced a taste of what the Lake District has to offer, but would love to re-visit throughout the seasons.