Lakeland vistas

The Lake District National Park encompasses a multiplicity of scenery that includes high mountains and bodies of water of varying sizes, fertile fields and high waterfalls, tinkling streams and fast flowing ghylls, and, quite simply, landscapes that speak to the soul.

Waterfall in the Lake District

Stunning Aira Force waterfall by Ullswater in the English Lake District.

Our guest house, Blenheim Lodge, is situated in bustling Bowness, with much greenery around us, including Brantfell, the fell side into which our Bed and Breakfast is nestled. Looking northwards, guests may enjoy amazing views of Lake Windermere and the fells that form a picturesque backdrop for this, England’s largest natural lake.

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Cruise Lake Windermere. This photo of a ferry cruising Lake Windermere was taken from one of lake-facing bedrooms at Blenheim Lodge.

But my post today is about some spectacular scenery we saw on Wednesday, further north in the Lakes. Hubby and I had decided to head for Wastwater, England’s deepest lake, and the route we took involved some pretty steep high narrow bends, namely Wrynose Pass and Hardknott Pass. And what incredible vistas awaited us as we set out for the day!

Hardknott Pass, Lake District National Park.

Hardknott Pass, Lake District National Park.

Take a look at the tiny ribbons of tarmac that meander Hardknott Pass. The red vehicle to the right of the photo is ours. Come visit the Lakes and share with us what we saw as we drove the Pass. In the distance, to the right, is a rectangular structure: this is the old Roman fort, Hardknott Fort.

Hardknott Roman Fort, Hardknott Pass, Lake District National Park.

Hardknott Roman Fort, Hardknott Pass, Lake District National Park.

Hubby and I and Zack, of course, got out for a walk to take in the magnificence of this second century fort as well as the outstanding views. As you can see, the landscape here is noticeably different from the lush greenery of the South Central Lakes where we live. This is the northern Lakes, and the look is rather bleaker and harsher. It must have been a hard life for the Roman soldiers and farmers who lived here in those times so long ago.

Hardknott Pass, Lake District National Park.

Zack and Hubby gaze out over the sliver of road that we had just negotiated on Hardknott Pass, Lake District National Park.

Next stop was Wasdale, the Lake District’s deepest lake. We drove past villages with rich vegetation as we headed towards Wastwater, and as we approached it, its stark beauty drew a gasp of appreciation from me. As we turned down a narrow lane, we saw ahead a small family of mountains surrounding a large body of water gleaming darkly in the semi-light of an overcast sky. To me, Wastwater could easily be an ideal setting for a dark and timeless ancient tale.

Wasdale, Lake District National Park.

Wasdale, Lake District National Park.

Of course Wastwater in sunshine might look vastly different from Wastwater under cloud. However, Wastwater does present another aspect of the Lake District National Park – that of a less populated location compared to Windermere’s more jaunty atmosphere. Even black clouds overhead cannot detract from the lighter mood of Bowness-on-Windermere’s Lakeland location.

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The busy pier at Bowness-on-Windermere, where ferries run by Windermere Lake Cruises ply the waters. Photo courtesy of

As for us, we had a marvellous time being out and about on Wednesday. It felt really good simply to head out with little more than a basic plan – that being the destination – and simply winging it as we meandered along Lakeland’s country lanes. With all the usual planning that we have to do running the Bed and Breakfast, I greatly enjoyed throwing that aspect to the winds and exploring where we willed that afternoon. So here is a last picture of two of us at least enjoying the beauty of the Lake District. Why not come and enjoy this lovely landscape with us?

Enjoying a day out on Hardknott Fell. It was good to stretch our legs after travelling Wrynose and Hardknott Passes.

Enjoying a day out on Hardknott Fell. It was good to stretch our legs after travelling Wrynose and Hardknott Passes.

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