Dot's Big OE 2004 travel blog

Boys early-morning fishing at Coniston Water

Looking across Coniston Water. Isn't this just beautiful?

Boats on Coniston Water

Esthwaite Water

The beautiful Esthwaite Water again

Some of the vessels moored at Lake Windermere

The lovely Lake Windermere on a still day

Windermere Again

Picturesque and peaceful Rydal Water

Rydal Water again

Lake Grasmere

Lake Grasmere again

I think this photo of Lake Elterwater is the best I've taken!

Lake Elterwater again

Tarn Hows

Another view of Tarn Hows

Looking down from the Hardknott Pass towards Wrynose Pass

And from a higher point in the Pass looking East

Looking towards the West Coast and the Sea

Spot the people rock-climbing - look way up high!

Wast Water

Wast Water - beautiful colour water but not so keen on the...

Wast Water again

Ennerdale Water

Ennerdale Water, surrounded in bracken fern

This is the state of the path through the bracken to Lake...

Ennerdale Water again

Lake Loweswater

Loweswater Lake again

Crummock Water - see the man in his deck chair sitting in...

Crummock Water again


A different view of Buttermere

The Marina at Derwent Water

Derwent Water

Bassenthwaite Lake

How to fish on Lake Bassenthwaite


Thirlmere Again


Ullswater again

The dam at Haweswater


Today I set off at 8am. First visited Coniston Water which is the Lake where Donald Campbell took his last fatal ride in Bluebird, trying to set the speed record. Recently they just found his boat and then him and have given him a proper funeral. There is a lot of memorabilia at Coniston and a museum dedicated to him.

I then carried to Esthwaite water - a lovely little lake between Coniston and Windermere.

My third Lake was Windermere, the largest lake, being 10.5 miles long. I took the ferry from Hawkshead across, then carried on up to Rydal Water and Grasmere.

Following onwards I went via Elterwater (the smallest lake at 0.5 miles long) and then found Tarn Hows (not an official lake) which I was told was the most photographed and visited Lake in the whole Lake District. Travelling on over the Wrynose and Hardknott Passes I then came to Wast Water (pronounced as in Wasp), and then to Ennerdale Water.

There were 3 lakes nearby each other, Loweswater, Crummock Water and Buttermere, and then on to Keswick where I found Derwent Water, and Bassenthwaite Lake. Back towards Winderemere was Thirlmere, and then back up to Ullswater. Haweswater completed the journey.

Most of the lakes are surrounded in bush and bracken and one has to beat a track to them, you can't just drive up like you do in NZ. And the roads to them are pretty hairy - little narrow lanes I would call them, with plenty of traffic so lots of times you had to reverse back to a passing spot. All adds to the excitement.

Hope you enjoy the photos, they are quite lovely.

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