Surprise View, Castlerigg Stone Circle and lots more besides

Here we were again, up in the Lake District. Another week in Lakeland, enjoying the fantastic scenery, eating too much, trying some different beer and trying to tick off as many Wainwrights as possible. This journey I managed 11, which in 2 walks was pretty good considering I only had around 60 odd to do. I’ll be creating some posts for those walks as I sort out the photos, but basically lets say that the Far Eastern Fells are now done. I’ve walked quite a bit recently in that area and I’m now done and my gaze can turn further west from now on. We also had some shorter walks around Grasmere, at Aira Force and also at Tarn Hows, however this post is all the other places that we visited such as Ashness Bridge and Surprise View, a good half an hour at Castlerigg Stone Circle and, with staying in Keswick, lots of trips down to Derwent Water. It was another fine visit up here, but I have suggested, that maybe, we look to go to at least one other location each year, rather than the Lakes each time. So perhaps Snowdonia, the Peak District or Scotland (but that would mean not turning off at junction 40 of the M6!!). The looks I got……..

Surprise View and some fantastic weather, we had an hour or two to kill before collecting the keys for our house for the week. In good weather this is a great place to sit and watch everything going on below and the clouds moving across the sky. Skiddaw has its head in the clouds beyond Derwent Water.

The Lodore Hotel below us has an outdoor swimming pool. I hope it was heated as it was only about 6 degrees in the shade!!. That’s Maiden Moor and High Spy on the other side of the valley

Just a little down the road from Surprise View is Ashness Bridge. A fine view from here to Skiddaw

Views from our house for the week and a rainbow over Latrigg

Down at Derwent Water now. As you can see the weather has changed to overcast, however the fells in the background provide a fine backdrop.

Derwent Water

We are at Friar’s Crag here looking into Borrowdale at the far end of the lake

Catbells is the pointy fell on the left and Causey Pike to the right

The Keswick launch sends out ripples across the lake

Now I ate a lot this week, but none better than a waffle honeycomb ice cream combo. I needed the energy for the fell walks! Honest!

Yours truly tucking in, as you can see, my arm was wrapped around the container to protect it from thieves!!

Castlerigg Stone Circle, come here on a day with white fluffy clouds, some dark clouds and sunshine. You’ll get some great photos.

To the north is Lonscale Fell, with Skiddaw in cloud up on the left

Sunburst over Castlerigg


The north western fells from Castlerigg


13 thoughts on “Surprise View, Castlerigg Stone Circle and lots more besides

  1. I love Ashness Bridge. It looks even more glorious in the Autumn. We always get off the motorway at Junction 40. Haha. I think we will use our caravan as a stop off to go to Scotland and Northumberland in the future though.

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    • I only wish I hadn’t driven 6 or 7 hours just to get to Lakeland, that would make Scotland so much easier to reach for us. The caravan is a fine idea as a stop off either way, I will have to start researching cheap B&Bs I think!!


    • 51 left for me now, with 14 in the Western and 15 in the Southern parts. I need to get busy around Wasdale, Styhead and Langstrath!! I only have 2 to do in the north western’s which will be my next book to finish I reckon


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