Monday, 22 September 2014

Lakes 2014: Day Three


Having been woken up at 6am by crows fighting over the second-hand veg from the illness the night before, I wasn't feeling too fantastic overall and so while weather-wise, Wednesday had started far better than the previous day, we decided that we should probably put plans involving hills and inclines generally to one side for now.

So instead, we decided to (finally!) have a quick nosy around Mickleden. And I can confirm that yes: it is bloody gorgeous.
As a direct result, please prepare for an a very photo-heavy post...













After that, we walked over to the Sticklebarn for a well-deserved pint. All routes to pubs should look like this...


And after that, we relaxed at the campsite for a bit, reading Night Vale transcripts and eating Revels before taking a stroll over to Blea Tarn to watch the sunset. Unfortunately it wasn't nearly as incredible as last summer's, but it was still a nice way to end the day. 




Next Time: Day 4 - driving up the steepest road in England in a Nissan Micra, Walking up a new path for a little bit (before succumbing to the heat), and the "flameless cookbox" that was anything but.

Flashback: VideoDay 1, Day 2 (am/pm)

Wednesday, 10 September 2014

Lakes 2014: Day Two (Part Two)




So continuing the story of day 2 from two weeks ago (sorry. Deadlines.)...

The weather that had picked up while we were in Keswick showed no signs of deteriorating again, so we headed back to Langdale and decided to head up our favourite mini-hill: Side Pike.

If you haven't been up Side Pike, it's well worth making the time for if you have a spare few hours one morning or afternoon. It's a fun scramble which is pretty easy-going (no matter what I say coming down!), and the views are spectacular.

I figure I'll show you some shots from the trip up and down the hill, then finish on the story of the herdies we met when we got back to the road. Standard.



Told you it was a nice view...



Not far from this photo we came across a herdy ewe and lamb...



Less than a minute after that photo was taken, the ewe wandered off and over a cattle-grid. Which I found amazing. Sam, less so, as he'd seen this sort of thing before (Sam is countryside. Way more than I am. I grew up in a village surrounded by farms (that I never visited after primary school), but close to a large town and city, while Sam actually grew up in Shropshire, spending his weekends working on his grandparents' farm... I have to accept that Sam is more countryside than I).

But alas, the lamb did not have such a good time of it...


Now before anyone tells me off for taking photos rather than helping the poor thing, Sam was already throwing off his backpack at this point, getting ready to get stuck in. Farm boys, eh.

But we needn't had worried. After a fair bit of bleating (which his mum casually ignored), the lamb managed to get across the cattle grid all by himself. Even surprising the Yeti.



You go, sheep.

Sam and I wandered back to the campsite and cooked dinner. I then spent the rest of the night being very, very ill. I'll spare you the details, suffice to say - the crows woke me up the next morning sounding very pleased with themselves and their discovery of second-hand veg, and I woke up feeling more than a little fragile and a bit apprehensive about tackling anything with an incline.

So the next day, we decided to go for something a little lighter-going. It ended up being one of my favourite days for scenery of the whole trip.

Next Time: Sam and I finally make it to beautiful Mickleden.

Tuesday, 2 September 2014

Lakes 2014: The 'Movie'


Apologies for the delay in getting the write up of day 2 (pm) on here on time. Alas, I'm still horrendously busy at the moment, so I've decided to upload the write up this weekend instead.

But I've not come empty-handed.... So for now at least - here's a video from mine and the Yeti's time in the Lakes.

Enjoy!