Having not been up to the Lake District for nearly a year I felt it was time I went back and did some exploring and photography with my good friend Fred. We decided we fancied a little challenge and thus we climbed up the Red Screes which is part of the Eastern Fells range next to Kirkstone Pass. I had previously climbed this mountain before with my other friend a few years back, you can view the blog post here. The conditions this time were a little better than the previous visit, slightly less hazy but not perfectly clear, however the clouds added a lot of drama to the final shots which I captured on my accent and arrival to the summit.
This particular mountain stands at 2,546 ft which isn’t particularly high when compared with Helvellyn (3,117 ft) and Scafell Pike (3,209 ft), I am really keen to scale the other two aforementioned mountains on my next visit to up to the Lakes. The view is still pretty spectacular once you make it up to the top, you get a great view all around of the other mountain ranges and a fantastic perspective of just how big Lake Windermere actually is.
Once we’d spent some time photographing the view and scrambling back down we stopped for some refreshments at the Kirkstone Pass Inn which is the only pub for quite a while which makes it the perfect place for ramblers, climbers and passers by to grab a nice ale or other refreshment whilst sitting outside taking in the stunning views of the Eastern Fells.
Once we’d finished our drinks we planned on heading to Keswick for a much deserved bite to eat, there were two prerequisites though, it had to be pub food and it had to be a juicy steak. I haven’t really spent a great deal of time in Keswick, it is one of the more popular and busier towns in the Lake District though and very beautiful too. The pub we decided to enter was called The Kings Arms, they had the ale I fancied and served up a fantastic steak with twice cooked chips, onion rings and an awesome side dish of veggies, I will definitely return here again for food and drink.
After we’d stuffed our faces eating awesome pub grub we came across what was shaping up to be a fantastic looking sunset. Given it was coming up to 9pm there wasn’t much time left to get set up and prepare so we rushed over the edge of Derwentwater next to the theatre and quickly fired off some shots of the fleeting sun. I’d like to spend more time in Keswick and get to know the mountains and waters that surround it, there are so many places I haven’t really been in the Lakes which I am more than keen to explore and discover over the coming years.
Here are a couple of shots I got from Derwentwater and the sunset, both of these images are available to buy in the shop to buy on museum quality canvas as part of a limited collection.