We went to Keswick

For my birthday weekend, I didn’t want to be at home, and so we went to Keswick for a few days. We stayed with the lovely Carol and her friend Lynda, who were there for the Words by the Water festival. I ordered sunshine, and we got it. My actual birthday day was a bit gloomy, weatherwise, but it was a birthday I wasn’t particularly happy about. But it stayed dry and we went out and we window-shopped.

On the Saturday we got there fairly lateish, and were immediately taken on a massive walk around Derwent Water. Rufus barked a lot and we chatted a lot, and we took a few pictures.

Wherever I go I always find a boat. (Picture: Diane Parkin)
Wherever I go I always find a boat. (Picture: Diane Parkin)
(Picture: Carol Warham)
(Picture: Carol Warham)
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(Picture: Diane Parkin)
(Picture: Ian Wordsworth)
(Picture: Ian Wordsworth)
Wordsworth meets Ruskin. (Picture: Diane Parkin)
Wordsworth chats with Ruskin. (Picture: Diane Parkin)

On Saturday evening we went for a beautiful Italian meal with Carol and Lynda.

Lynda and Carol. (Picture: Diane Parkin)
Lynda and Carol. (Picture: Diane Parkin)

On Sunday we ambled around Ambleside, window-shopped and visited a stone circle. It was dark and gloomy by the time we got there, though, so the pictures didn’t work very well. On Sunday evening we went for another meal, just the two of us, for some good pub grub.

Monday morning we were up bright and early, for us, and we headed off again to buy the birthday present I’d seen the day before from Ambleside (but the shop had been closed). We also bought some old-fashioned sweets, and a packed lunch from Greggs.

Then we headed out to Haweswater, via Ullswater, the latter of which is my favourite commercial lake in the Lake District.

Ullswater. (Picture: Ian Wordsworth)
Ullswater. (Picture: Ian Wordsworth)
(Picture: Diane Parkin)
(Picture: Diane Parkin)
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(Picture: Diane Parkin)

I’d ordered a golden eagle, and so we went on our way to Haweswater.

On the way there, between Celleron and Askham, the poet thought he saw a buzzard. But it was too big to be a buzzard, and so we stopped the car (in the middle of the road) and got out to take a closer look with the binoculars. It really was too big to be a buzzard and was, in actual fact, the golden eagle. And … even better than that, there was another one.

The “proper officals” haven’t yet sighted these marvelous birds, and so they don’t officially exist in the Lake District any  more. But if you bob along anyway, you just might be lucky and have the same “hallucination” we did. There’s actually been golden eagles at Haweswater since the 1960s and the first time I was there the officials swore blind they weren’t around … until a walker disturbed them. I’ve now seen one or both on every single visit.

Here are some pictures demonstrating just how beautiful and unspoiled Haweswater is.

(Picture: Ian Wordsworth)
(Picture: Ian Wordsworth)
(Picture: Diane Parkin)
(Picture: Diane Parkin)
(Picture: Diane Parkin)
(Picture: Diane Parkin)
Can you see the moon? (Picture: Diane Parkin)
Can you see the moon? (Picture: Diane Parkin)
Lord Rufus. (Picture: Diane Parkin)
Lord Rufus. (Picture: Diane Parkin)
Self portrait. (Picture: Diane Parkin)
Self portrait. (Picture: Diane Parkin)
My favourite landscape. (Picture: Ian Wordsworth)
My favourite landscape. (Picture: Ian Wordsworth)

We had a lovely time and will be going again for a little longer. We arrived home well after teatime and chilled with the cats.

Enjoy the pictures.

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8 thoughts on “We went to Keswick

  1. carolwarham 19 March 2014 / 2:04 pm

    Fabulous photos. Haweswater looks stunning. It’s one lake I haven’t been to, so will need to put it on a list for next time. We went to Grasmere and poor Linda got dragged around the Wordsworth sites. She didn’t seem to mind.
    Great to see you both and the cold you left me is nearly gone!! 🙂

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    • Diane 19 March 2014 / 2:23 pm

      Haweswater is fantastic. I love it there. We love Grasmere and Dove Cottage too. Did we leave you with a cold …?

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  2. carolwarham 19 March 2014 / 4:05 pm

    Whatever gave you that idea?

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    • Diane 20 March 2014 / 1:02 pm

      Um …

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  3. Paula Martin 19 March 2014 / 10:44 pm

    Super photos! Glad you all had a great time – and bet you never stopped talking 🙂

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    • Diane 20 March 2014 / 1:02 pm

      Thank you! 🙂

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  4. esmeraldamac 21 March 2014 / 10:28 am

    Good to see those photos, albeit my rubbish Cumbrian broadband connection took some time to load them! But then, I guess I *could* just go out and look at the real thing…

    That picture from Friar’s Crag out to Borrowdale is one of my favourite views in the whole world. There was a pre-roman ‘fort’ on that crag you can see at the entrance to the valley, and as I’m sure you’ve noticed, that’s where the weather comes from, blowing out of the valley.

    Someone should write a tale about that.

    We’ve see a golden eagle here, too, albeit not there, ifyswim!

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    • Diane 21 March 2014 / 11:18 am

      I didn’t know there was a fort there. Something to look for on our next visit. 🙂

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