The Lakes Meet -
After months of planning, the weeknd of the Lakes meet finally dawned. The days leading up to had been torrential rain and strong winds.. I had a few sleepless nights I can tell you!!
Thankfully, as planned, the sun shone and we had a wonderful few days - here's my quick look back at it, I'm sure there will be other versions which will fill in a few of the gaps..
After meeting in the coffee shop, we headed to the rear of Ambleside for a short walk up Stockghyll waterfalls. Uncle Steve heads up hill with Elizabeth and margaret.
There is a series of smaller falls lower down, a quick view of what we were heading towards.
It was brilliant to watch folk dashing about the riverbank snapping away, Jim gets close up to the weir.
A low down, hand held at 1/3 sec view of the falls. After the recent rains we had plenty of water to play with.
Kev (Spaarky) uses a more reliable method of shooting low light waterfall shots - darn these professionals!!
Dave Coppen shooting back down the path making good use of the dappled sunlight through the fresh spring leaves.
Jim Miller and Nigel (Archie) discuss tacticts as they look towards the higher of the waterfalls. Folk were chatting away like we'd known each other for ages - time for a big sigh of relief, I think it was going to be a good weekend!
We crossed the bridge at the top and made our way back down via the opposite bank. A glance back at the falls.
We headed back to a local bar for nibbles and a drink. Some folk appeared reluctant to have their picture taken...
A case of being quick on the draw as candid opportunites were grabbed :-)
Goodnight Ambleside at the end of day 1...
We split into a few groups on saturday morning. Glynis & Ian Wilson went cruising (on a boat!!!) Uncle Steve went shopping... and some headed to Loughrigg Fell for a wander. After much debate, I 'allowed' Mrs A to take the group picture.... good job I set the camera up for her :-D
The path starts off through the woods, and it was lovely to see the bluebells out as the group head out below.
Loughrigg fell below a carpet of bluebells.
If we'd have spent as much time walking as we did talking, we'd have been up and down in no time.. ;-)
Some big skies and impressive landscapes as we made our way along the terrace.
First stop off was Rydal caves. Lesley admires from the banking whilst Sue, Jim and Jan look on from the fence.
Kev proving once and for all that size does matter when getting the birds.... Nigel and Jan keep a safe distance.
The group divided here as Chris, Jan and Dave headed back towards Grasmere for the low level path as our intrepid group of explorers headed upwards. Stunning views down over Grasmere from the climb.
Nearly there guys, just over this hill ;-)
Jim tops out on his 1st Wainwright. His comments of wow!! reached the top made it all worth while.
A cuddle on the top for Jim from Sheryl.
Sue at the top showing she's not Past it... pardon the pun...
Happy?? I think so :-) Summed the day up perfectly..
The conquering heroes, but hang on.. who's missing??
Time to head down, and a wonderful view onto Grasmere and through Dunmail Raise in the distance - chocolate box lakes, wonderful!
One without the peeps. A word for Lesley who managed to descend this without falling on her backside.. well done love, you made me sooo proud ;-)
Back at the shore of Grasmere, and kev uses the fence as a lead in line on his landscape shot. It was great to chat about ideas and techniques as well as finding out about each other.
A shot along the weir on Grasmere.
Nigel doing his version.
Kev and Chrissy making there way along the banks of the river. It was a lovely afternoon now.
After heading back to Ambleside, we met up at 4pm with Viv and the others for a tea time jaunt to Tarn Hows near Coniston. Monty gets a special mention here as he'd driven all the way from Cambridge for this 20 min walk...
Gotcha.. Uncle Steve enjoying the view from the top of the tarns.
ok, you have to allow me one arty shot...
The paths around the lake are excellent and perfect for Viv and her scooter. A few of us headed along the top path for some stunnings views over the tarn.
..and again looking back down towards the Ambleside in the far distance
oh heck, in trouble for dawdling and keeping folk waiting...
I/we had underestimated how busy Saturday night was in Ambleside, and we struggled to find a table for 26... but we still had a good night. Sunday morning was a cooler day, and a quick look at our lodgings. Lesley has left the dormer window open.. too many beans love ;-)
All packed up early, so we had a quick walk down to Waterhead and a choppy Windermere... more of those black headed ducks ;-)
The ferry heading out for its first trip of the day.
I had a lovely picturesque image lined up of the ticket hut, when this silly woman parked right in front of it..
The final leg of the weeked was a whistle stop tour of a few of the lakes beauty spots. Our convoy as we stopped for a view into the Langdale valley.
I managed to blag us a half hrs free parking whilst we let the fujians loose on the slopes of Stickle Ghyl.
Glynis and Jacquie (southern girl) do a snap me, snap you session..
Viv, with the aid of her lovely family,managed to get a hundred yards up the path for views of the waterfalls, brilliant.
After an interesting drive up to Blea Tarn - new pants for a few I think! We arrived a Blea Tarn, and Viv was in her element now as she bombed around the side of the lake escorted by her entourage..
Nigel wandering along the shore line with Side Pike looming large above him.
My model demonstrating leading lines and composition, what a treasure she is.
Viv tackles the narrow bridge with confidence. Notice the lack of helpers now looking to catch her if she falls off.. we were all stood with cameras waiting to capture it instead :-)
A classic, if somewhat cloudy view of the Langdale Pikes over Blea Tarn. Time for a coffee...
We headed for Skelwith bridge and Chesters for coffee and a cake. A tranquil spot which was very busy today, and if my lottery numbers come in, where I will be living..
Chimney pots and Loughrigg Fell from our table at Chesters. The end of a wonderful weekend.
Well, there's my version. Hopefully others will post theirs, and I'm sure there will be more pics of the folk who attended on them. I tried to take a 'stood back' view of the weekend, and was happy and delighted watching folk discover this magical place for themselves.
A massive thanks to everyone who came and made it such an enjoyable weekend, the words 'friends for life' come to mind when looking back at the weekend, and I can't say more than that.
Ian & Lesley
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