April days out in the Lake District

April 2013 has been ushered into in Bowness-on-Windermere with lots of sunshine, puffs of white clouds, and sapphire-blue skies. Breathe in deeply and the air tastes fresh and clean. Outside, birds have gathered to enjoy the stillness of the day as they peck contentedly away at the bird food that Hubby always puts out for our avian visitors which gather upon the hedges and backyard of our house.

Spring has literally sprung (forward) in the UK. Everyone lost an hour’s sleep when the clocks were wound forward on 1st April. I am still reeling from that hour’s loss of bedtime bliss – but, hey ho! Let’s just enjoy the extra hour of daylight we are now enjoying.

The current weather is a boon for walkers. Longer hours of daylight giving good visibility, temperate temperatures, still days and dry footpaths make walking a pleasure. In the Lake District, where fabulous scenery dominate amazing landscapes, the act of walking itself as one encounters all this beauty on one’s doorstep becomes a thing of sheer joy.

Most dedicated walkers will have heard of Alfred Wainwright, the famous Lake District fell walker, who quite literally fell in love with the magnificence and peacefulness of the Lakes after his hike up to Orrest Head on his first visit to this part of the world. Wainwright wrote a series of walking guides that are still popular to this day. He also helped to establish the Coast to Coast Walk, a long distance footpath in the North of England.

‘The Wainwrights are the 214 fells (hills and mountains) described in A. Wainwright’s seven-volume Pictorial Guide to the Lakeland Fells (1955–1966). Over two million copies of the Pictorial Guides have been sold worldwide since their publication.’ (http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/List_of_Wainwrights) Some of the Wainwright fells are particularly well known even outwith the walking fraternity. These include Helvellyn, Scafell Pike, Scafell, Skiddaw, and Haystacks, Wainwright’s favourite fell.

Here are some photos of these Lake District fells. In the first two images, one can see two of the four seasonal faces of Helvellyn. And, one can bike up Helvellyn just as well as one can hike up it!

helvellyn, mountain bike, lake district

Take your mountain bike up Helvellyn for some stupendous views. (Photo by Dave Willis courtesy of http://www.cumbriaphoto.co.uk.)

swirral edge helvellyn lake district

‘Walkers descending Swirral Edge with the sun on Raise behind them. The snow might be soft, but the views are glorious!’ (Quote and photo courtesy of http://www.lakedistrictweatherline.co.uk/gallery.)

Here are Scafell and Scafell Pike, the latter being the highest mountain in the Lake District.

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Scafell, one of England’s highest mountains, in Wasdale. (Photo by Dave Willis, courtesy of http://www.cumbriaphoto.co.uk.)

Imagine looking out of your window and seeing this! Wow!

A night sky lit up by the aurora borealis in the Lake District. (Photo by Paul Kingston, courtesy of www.northnews.co.uk/article/524.)

A night sky lit up by the aurora borealis in the Lake District. (Photo by Paul Kingston, courtesy of http://www.northnews.co.uk/article/524.)

Photo of the Northern Lights taken by Paul Kingston. 'Aurora Borealis (Northern lights) could be seen over the Lake District. Photograph: Arctic-Images/Getty Images.' (Quote and photo courtesy of http://www.guardian.co.uk/uk/2012/oct/09/northern-lights-lake-district.)

Photo of the Northern Lights taken by Paul Kingston. ‘Aurora Borealis (Northern lights) could be seen over the Lake District. Photograph: Arctic-Images/Getty Images.’ (Quote and photo courtesy of http://www.guardian.co.uk/uk/2012/oct/09/northern-lights-lake-district.)

Lastly, a photograph of Haystacks, Wainwright’s favourite fell, where his ashes were scattered on Innominate Tarn.

haystacks fell, lake district

‘Haystacks and the Buttermere pines.’ (Quote and photo courtesy of http://www.stridingedge.net/wainwright%20fells/a-l%20fells/Haystacks.htm.)

For all those intrepid walkers out there, Blenheim Lodge Guest House would make a lovely place for resting up and relaxing after a wonderful day out. We are situated in the heart of the Lake District in Bowness-on-Windermere for easy access to the fells; and, indeed, Brantfell and The Dales Way are quite literally located behind our house. Fell walkers will find our B&B friendly and welcoming home from home, set quietly away from the main roads so that one can enjoy a good night’s sleep, but close enough to walk the 2-5 minutes into the village centre for food and drink and other essentials, like (buying) packed lunches to go for that next hiking adventure. Our peaceful Bed and Breakfast, with comfortable handmade beds, an inviting family ambiance, and a cosy lounge to relax in will surely elicit a self-satisfied ‘aahhh’ of contentment after a great day out of enjoyable exertion amongst some of the Lake District’s most stupendous geological wonders. Why not book a Lake District walking holiday in April, and get 10% discount off your total B&B cost when staying with us at Blenheim Lodge?

Blenheim Lodge . . . panoramic Lake views, peace and tranquillity, nestled against acres of beautiful fields and woodlands, in the heart of the English Lake District National Park.’

Visit our website: www.blenheim-lodge.com

Email: enquiries@blenheim-lodge.com

Telephone: 015394 43440

 

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