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River deep, mountain high

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Never in a million years did I think a weekend of walking and scenery stealing in the Lake District would be of remote interest to me. Walking for the hell of it has always bored me, and I can't stand landscapes; hence walking up mountains to view even more mountains and valleys was not my idea of four days best spent. Or so I thought...

In a nutshell, I'm hooked, and we've already booked our next trip there, for a week in June. All of the Wainrights must be toppled :)

Huge thanks to Jane Doe for the advice on how best to spend the time, and big smiles to parabolichobo and kyoob who dropped some amusing comments on my Facebook updates whilst I was up there.

Photo 6 taken at the top of the Coniston Old Man, courtesy of a nearby cragger who was kind enough to remove his hands from his gloves at -17 for long enough to take the shot :)
2nd Apr 2009, 11:23   | tags:

Jane Doe says:

Beautiful set! I am simply delighted that you are hooked : )

2nd Apr 2009, 11:43

minkey says:

A good thing to be hooked on. But did you really bring a small dog with you?

2nd Apr 2009, 12:16

nige says:

Thanks Jane :)

The dog wasn't ours, minkey. We decided to bring a small baby with us instead!

2nd Apr 2009, 12:27

Caine says:

Terrific series! Glad you had such a joy filled time of discovery. Last shot faved. And 1.3F (-17)? Pfft, I walk around with no gloves at that temp all the time. ;D

2nd Apr 2009, 12:29

javaboy says:

Great series. Cracking set of pics.

2nd Apr 2009, 12:41

OJ says:

.....pug dog low....

Lovely set of pics. I am most envious.

Number seven (the barbed wire) is my favourite, for slightly perverse reasons. I swear those walkers are looking at the book and having a conversation I've had with V a million times.

"It says bear left and then a stile, not turn left and then a gate. Does that look like a stile to you?"

2nd Apr 2009, 13:09

Wendle says:

Puuuuuuuuuuuug!!! :)
Oh my god at those cream scones. I want one.
And oh how i lovelovelove that last shot. Faved.

2nd Apr 2009, 13:12

factotum says:

I can see why this would be enough to hook you. I can't wait to get out of doors!

2nd Apr 2009, 13:14

nige says:

Caine, thanks. I can believe that temp must be positively warm for you guys out there ; )

OJ, I can well imagine the conversations with V. We seemed to have enough of them ourselves. It had been some years since I last looked at an OS Map (not since I did the Duke of Edinburgh award!), so I made sure to brush up. At least the barbed wire kept us from taking too many wrong turns at the stile (or the gate, tree etc.)

Wendle, you would have appreciated the scones, most definitely. Even after a walk of many miles, they felt very indulgent.

Facto, javaboy, thanks! It really was great to spend so much time outdoors.

2nd Apr 2009, 16:58

Sprocket says:

SCONES!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

2nd Apr 2009, 17:41

Viv says:

Looks like you had a great time

love that top shot

better -17 than rain!

2nd Apr 2009, 19:15

PrincessJun says:

How fantastic. Looks like great fun - glad you enjoyed yourself.

2nd Apr 2009, 19:57

JokerXL says:

Awesome Nige!
Sounds like a fantastic trip and these images are just the bee's knees, super job.

2nd Apr 2009, 20:17

Lyzardly says:

Sounds like a great time! Love the shots, especially the 1st where the pug looks like he's about to cry. :)

2nd Apr 2009, 20:56

Judo-Jule says:

faved the last one. :-)

2nd Apr 2009, 21:06

Tori says:

Love that first shot.

2nd Apr 2009, 21:34

factotum says:

Lyzardly is right; that poor dog does look as if he's about to burst into tears of exhaustion...

3rd Apr 2009, 00:47

harimanjaro says:

That top shot is priceless, and well done for getting the walking bug. The world is a more beautiful place when seen from the top of a hill.

3rd Apr 2009, 07:33

nige says:

:) Thanks everyone.

Hari, agreed. I'm plenty happy.

4th Apr 2009, 14:02

dyan says:

With all the gorgeous pictures, my first thought when looking at them was (@ #4) was HEY A PUZZLE!! Haha, sorry.. I love puzzles. Haven't done one in forever but still love them..

8th Apr 2009, 03:12

excellent series, you old cragrat you!

9th Apr 2009, 15:02