Thursday, January 09, 2014

Christmas 2013 - Ambleside, Lake District 03

Saturday 26-Dec-13. Grasmere, Loughrigg Fell. 10.3 miles.

Boxing day was an opportunity to walk off the Christmas lunch. It was an anti-clockwise tour starting with an ascent to Loughrigg Fell and down to Grasmere. Lunch stop was in Grasmere village: a flask of soup out of our trusty thermos flasks.

The afternoon followed the coffin route from Grasmere to Rydal and then back to Ambleside by yesterday's route in reverse.

Mary took this lovely, atmospheric picture of Windemere just as we set off using her Christmas present from me - a new camera.

At the top of Loughrigg Fell we met another bunch of hardy souls and got them to take the obligatory team photo.

Once again panoramic views from the top.

Our lunch stop included a visit from this ludicrously tame robin who is clearly used to crumbs from the hordes of tourists who use the picnic benches where we dined.

One of my favourite features of the Lake District is moss covered walls. The combination of stone walls and high rainfall encourage these vivid green cushions - I just love them.

Supper was a rib of beef and some of our best wines.

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