Golden colours of the Lake District

Some people think of the Lake District as being cold, damp, cloudy and grey, particularly during the colder months of the year. However, this is not a true reflection of our weather here as you will see below. Of course, like everywhere else in the UK, we get our fair share of dull days; but on the other hand, we also enjoy many marvellous days of bright sunshine, tinged with silver and gold.

One of the lakes not far from Blenheim Lodge is Coniston Water – about 20 minutes’ drive. I have seen this lake looking flat and dull under overcast skies, but here it is sparkling with gold where the sunshine has touched it.

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Coniston Water shimmers with speckles of golden sunlight at 8:30 am, 10th December 2012. (Photo courtesy of

Coniston Old Man, which is the fell that looms over Coniston village, attracts many climbers. Here are shades of blue skies, sunlight-tinted clouds and a caramel gold fellside displayed in all their glory.

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Old Man of Coniston, beloved of walkers, lit by sunlight at 8:45 am on 10th December 2012. (Photo courtesy of

Possibly one of my favourite photographs of Lakeland’s golden highlights is that of Grasmere below. The colours are not just golden; they are actually ablaze! And those silver clouds do frame and draw attention to the fell tops so beautifully.

A stunning view of the Grasmere fells in Autumn. (Photo courtesy of

A stunning view of the Grasmere fells in Autumn. (Photo courtesy of

Sheep are to be found most everywhere in the Lake District, so I am going to include a photo with sheep and mountains bathed not just in sunlight, but also touched by a huge rainbow.

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A vivid rainbow over gorgeous Lake District countryside, complete with Herdwick sheep. (Photo courtesy of

I hope these photos of the Lake District will give potential visitors to this lovely region an idea of what our weather and scenery are like. Remember: whilst we might experience high rainfall, it is possibly never as bad as what you think it might be. Even the weather forecasters get it wrong time and again. And when the clouds clear away, just look at the beauty that awaits you!

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