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We have further subdivided Northern Cumbria following natural and political boundaries, mainly based on valleys radiating from the central massif of the Lake District. The subdivisions have been named according to the chief river into which the waters of that valley drain, for example the River Derwent which rises in the high mountains above Seathwaite in Borrwodale and drains via Derwentwater, Keswick and Bassenthwaite to the Irish Sea at Workington. The lower reaches including Cockermouth, outside the National Park, are covered in the West Cumbria pages.

N1: Carlisle The Borders & Lower Eden Valley
N2: Solway Maryport & the Solway Coast
N3: Derwent - Keswick & the North Lakes

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The region around Keswick including Borrowdale an Derwentwater is probably the most visited in the Lake District after Windermere on account of its dramatic scenery and particularly the manner n whch natural attractions such as Lodore Falls, Bowder Stone were dramatised by the Lakeland literary circle of Wordsworth, Coleridge and Southey and so on, and the Lakeland Painters. Keswick is also a magnet for climbers and has eclipsed Ambleside as the climbing centre of the Lake District - it feels as if every other shop is a climbing shop, starting with the pioneer of George Fisher, while nearby Catbells is probably the most-climbind peak in the lake District. This region also provides a huge diversity of scenery from the high peaks of Scafell and Great Gable above Borrowdale, to the ancient woodlands aound Lodore, and tranquil meadows around Bassenthwaite and Wythop. There are also numerous attractions and distractions from sailing and climbing schools, to the boats on Derwentwater, the Cars of the Stars museum in Keswick, the mining museum and railway at Threlkeld, the visitors centre and osprey watch at Whinlatter, the slate mines at Honister and cultural attractions such as Castlerigg Stone Circle, Mirehouse and St Bega's church at Bassenthwaite.



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There is nothing quite like preparation when it comes to making the most of the beautiful light you often find in the Lake District. An early start for a sunrise or to catch the low-lying mist that lies in the valleys and over the lakes is invariably worth the effort. Some of my favourite places for atmospheric views that never fail to inspire are around Derwentwater, and especially in the Autumn and Winter. OTop left is the autumn sunrise over Castlerigg Ston Circle - a magical moment and a truly mystical place, on plateau above Derwentwater and Basentthwaite with the magnificiant crests of Blencathra behind. Worth every second despite the heavy due that soaked our boots! To the left is a view to the west from the high quarries at Threlkeld which face Bencathra. An excellent museum has been established with a narrow gauge railway and the biggest collection of excavators you could imagine. Storm clouds are gathering over the fells but the sun still manages to break through. Bottom left is Derwentwater with a view west over unruffled water towards Nichol End and Portinscale. To the left another view from Castlerigg with a Swaledale ram appearing through the mists.


Another series of morning shots taken in early and late autumn from the eastern side of Derwentwater. Top left is a view over the lake from Barrow Bay to Causey Pike. The lower slopes of Catbells rising from the entrance to the Newlands Valley are to the right of the frame while the magnificent autumn colours to the left are provided by the trees of St Herberts Island. The picture on the left is the view from Barrow Bay over a mirror-like lake to Portinscale with Skiddaw on the right. The middle two pictures were taken at one of our favourite places in Cumbria, Surprise View which is a long ledge above Lodore, reached from the Watendlath Road. It is a delightful place in a forest where we regularly see red squirrels. The first view was taken in September whi;le waiting for the mist to lift from the lake. The trees are already energing on the western shore. Right is the view over a cloud-covered Derwentwater and Bassenthwaite with Whinlatter Forest to the left of the frame and Skiddaw on the left. The lower pictures are taken from the eastern shore, the first towards Brandelhow, the second towards Lords Island and Friars Crag. The water level is high following heavy rainfall.



Out and about in the hills east of Derwentwater: top left is a view qith light streaming over Borrowdale from the track which leads from Watendlath over Grange Fell to Rosthwaite. The peaks in the background. right from the tree, are Scafell Pike, Lingmell and Great Gable. Next is a tranquil evening view of Watendlath Tarn with a couple fishing from a boat; bottom left is a view up Derwentwater to Lodore an the so-called 'Jaws of Borrowdale'. The final photograph is the magnificent panoramic view from King's How over Derwentwater to the Skiddaw Massif. Catbells is on the left while the River Derwent meanders into the lake below at Lodore.




Fun and games up at Honister Pass - one of the most dramatic road passes in the Lake District, especially teh boulder strewn descent to Buttermere. The first shot is fashion designer Angy Morton setting with a burning dress - a stunt to raise funds for teenage cancer (see: www.angymorton.com) - at the Honister Slate Mines. Next are two pictures from the excellent Honister vintage vehicle rally which takes place at Honister Slate Mines every November. Valuable, vintage cars are put through there paces on teh serpentine quarry track that rises steeply up the flank of Fleetwith Pike. In these photos the cars in question are a Bugatti and a Bently. The pass and the mines centre and tearoom are in the background. The final shot is a more recent vintage vehicle - a £ 40,000 Ferrari Spyder that burst into flames on the ascent of the pass, just beyond Seatoller in 2010.


A popular circuit is the beautiful drive from Keswick via Derwentwater, Lodore, Borrowdale and the Honsiter Pass to Buttermere, returning via Newlands Pass and the Newlands Valley or Crummockwater, Vale of Lorton and Whinlatter. There are three excellent places to stop: Buttermere Ayrshires in Buttermere for the best ice cream in the Lake District, Whinlatter Forest Centre, and Honister Slate Mines. The latter is worth a full day with fantastic activities including a tour of the mines and the unique Via Ferrata scramble on Fleetwith Pike. There is also an excellent tea room which also services meaks and snacks. It is also a useful base for climbing with trails leading up to Great Gable, Haystacks, Fleetwith Pike and Dale Head. Check out: www.honister.com for the latest information and special events.

Bassenthwaite Lake has always been overshadowed by its neighbour, Derwentwater with its proximity to Keswick and dramatic sceneray immortalised by the lakeland Poets. However, in recent years this lake, the only true 'lake' in the Lake District, has gained significiantly from tourism due to the Ospreys that now nest annually in the woods above the lake. Basenthwaite Lake offers the visitor a surprising variety of interest from the massif of Skiddaw that rises from its northern shore, to the meadows around Bassenthwaite and the forests of Dodd, Wythop and Whinlatter. These pictures portray some of the variety starting with a view over the lake looking north east from Sale Fell towards Skiddaw, Keswick and the Helvellyn range. Sale Fell is pleasant, easy walk, free of tourists - just a few locals walking their dogs. Next is the view to the marshes at the top of the lake and Whinlatter Forest, taken from Dodd Wood on the lower slpes of Skiddaw. Next is the little church of St.Cuthbert's at Embleton, on the back road to Wythop Mill. The final picture is a view over Bassenthwaite from the Whinlatter Pass with Whinlatter Forest on the left and Skiddaw on the right. The Uldale Fells are in the background. It is spring and there is a fine display of may blossom (hawthorn) and gorse.



If there is one thing that you can guarantee in the Lake District it is that the weather is always unpredictable so be prepared for surprises. The photographs above were all taken around Bassenthwaite in the middle of February, not a month associatd with good weather! The day had started with snow, followed by rain and wind and cloud, but there was always a hint of clear sky in the West, and by late afternoon the sky cleared sufficiently for some spectacular views of Skiddaw. The photographs were taken from the shore of the lake near the sailing club, then from near the pretty Setmurthy woods, managed by the Forestry Commission, above Embleton. Not a visitor in sight.




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