As Winter approaches

As Autumn comes to a close and Winter approaches, the scenery of the Lake District National Park has begun to take on the peculiar qualities of Winter light that continues to make it so special. Yes, it rains and it snows and it hails and it mists up just like most other places on Earth – but it also shines with qualities of light that make the Lake District one of the most picturesque places to paint or to photograph. According to the Heaton Cooper Studio, William Heaton Cooper, one of the Lake District’s most distinguished artists, ‘was fascinated by the ever changing light of Lakeland, with views seldom looking twice alike. His most spectacular pictures were obtained in the light of evening or dawn, to which end he would walk miles over the fells, camping out to capture the late or early glows over fell tops and lakes.’ (

An image of an original painting by Alfred Cooper: 'Morning Mist, Windermere'. (Information and photo courtesy of

An image of an original painting by Alfred Cooper, father of William Heaton Cooper: ‘Morning Mist, Windermere’. (Information and photo courtesy of

The Lake District is open all year round, with lots of opportunities for budding photographers or painters to capture the integral loveliness of the lakes, fells, and surrounding valleys, villages and hamlets on camera, canvas, or paper. It is not difficult to find scenic spots in the Lakes, and at a guest house like ours, Blenheim Lodge, one can actually look out of one’s bedroom and admire Lakeland’s largest lake, Lake Windermere, and the fells beyond.

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Cooler days on Lake Windermere and its surrounding mountains. This photo was snapped from a bedroom at Blenheim Lodge. Come and enjoy this view with us!

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A view of the mountains from Blenheim Lodge, as seen from most of our bedrooms.

Meanwhile, at the back of our Bed and Breakfast is Brantfell, a large expanse of fell land with footpaths and viewpoints that are available to all who wish to explore and discover its natural beauty. As I said, no place in the Lake District is ever truly far from a picturesque spot.

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View of Lake Windermere from Brantfell viewpoint, accessed up footpaths via a farmgate behind our guest house, Blenheim Lodge. (Photo by Dave Willis, courtesy of

So here are some photos of the Lake District I would like to share with you. The first, Coniston Water, is about a 20-minute drive from Blenheim Lodge. This lake is famous for the water speed record attempt by Donald Campbell in the Bluebird in 1967.

Swans in flight as they lift off from Coniston Water, Lake District National Park.

Swans in flight as they lift off from Coniston Water, Lake District National Park. Photo courtesy of

Grasmere, located about 10 miles from Blenheim Lodge, is a pretty village with a lake, also called Grasmere, just at its edge. Here is a photo of the lake at twilight.

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Grasmere in the winter, a Lakeland symphony of frost, mist, and water. (Photo by Dave Willis, courtesy of

There are three main settlements around Lake Windermere: Bowness-on-Windermere (where Blenheim Lodge is located), Waterhead, and Lakeside. Here is a photo of Waterhead taken this week by Tony Richards of Lakeland Cam.

Sunrise at Waterhead, Lake Windermere, Lake District National Park.

Sunrise at Waterhead, Lake Windermere, Lake District National Park. (Photo courtesy of

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9 Responses to As Winter approaches

  1. BeWithUs says:

    Do keep warm, my friend! It is even starting to get cold in Singapore. Cheers~ 😀

  2. blodge1 says:

    Just read in your blog that it is 21 degrees Celsius? I remember it always being hot, hot and hot! What time of day was that?

  3. BeWithUs says:

    Yes, my friend! Yesterday was quite an unusual day with lots of chilling breeze…many people tend to get sick due to the sudden temperature drop…

    Even now as I am typing this comment, the temperature around is consider low when compare to the usual hot hot temp…

    Aftermath of the global warming? Hard to say one day there might be snow in Singapore.

    Happy Friday and do have a wonderful weekend ahead, always~ Cheers!! 😀

  4. blodge1 says:

    Hey! I remember seeing hail in Singapore as a kid! It’s been rather wild today. Had to take Zack for his booster and the A591 was windy. It is 15 miles from us to the vet’s clinic. Tried to take a few photos of the weather to put on my blog but they were lousy, so have deleted them all!

  5. BeWithUs says:

    During early this year, there was a quick hail in certain parts of Singapore.

    Last night was an uneventful one for me as well, vomited out both my lunch and dinner and was practically shivering in cold for the entire night.

    Can only take liquid food for the entire day today and I am still feeling very hungry now…LOL..I guess my immune system has failed me due to the sudden temperature drop…hehe…

    You do take care and stay warm, my friend! Cheers~ 😀

  6. blodge1 says:

    So sorry to hear you are ill. I hope you get well soon. I remember my mum always saying when we lived in Singapore that the sudden difference in temperature as we went in and out of air-conditioned places and the hot outside could make one ill.

  7. BeWithUs says:

    Yes, my friend…that was always the main reason for my long-time runny nose during those working days of mine…there was even one year that 70% of the year my nose was runny…LOL…

    Thank you so much for your lovely concern.

    Have a wonderful festive holiday coming ahead! Cheers~ 😀

  8. blodge1 says:

    Have a blessed Christmas too.

  9. BeWithUs says:

    Thank you so much, my friend!

    Be blessed, always~ Cheers!! 😀

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