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Up early for day two, and I was discovering how to pack my rucksack for the day ahead. Flat things against my back, two one-litre water containers, Ollie’s bowl and food for the day, then my own lunch. A spare top in case it got cold, camera, spare battery, plus a secure bag for keys, money, and any valuables we didn’t want to leave in the holiday flat. By the time I had laced my boots and sorted the backpack it was so hot inside I was pleased to get out into the morning air, heading down to catch the 10 am ferry to nearby Lodore. Ollie had never been on a boat before, but he trotted happily enough along the jetty, and stood next to us as we took our seats in the open section. I got this shot of the wake of the boat breaking the stillness of the lake, and disturbing the reflections on the water.
We got off at the small village of Lodore, after a ten-minute trip on the water. There was nothing there except the popular hotel, and our plan was to walk back to Keswick around the far side of Derwent Water. This does not sound very far, as it is well under five miles. However, much of it is on irregular stone paths, with differing gradients. At times, we had to leave the lakeside and head inland, avoiding farms or private land occasionally. The dry stone walls are a feature of the area.
There were also frequent stops for photo opportunities of course, as well as for me to take a rest, after becoming quite hot and bothered with the unfamiliar weight of the rucksack. Ollie didn’t need all that extra water that day, as he could get to the lake easily enough, drinking the crystal-clear fresh water there. As usual, he mostly avoided being in any of my photos, but luckily Antony was able to get quite a few of him, which I will link to another time.
Once again, we were enjoying lovely crisp and clear weather, with the surroundings looking at their best. Many other walkers were taking the same route around the western bank, so we mostly waited to let them pass, allowing for uninterrupted views.
After a very good walk, we still had time to get back to the flat, drop some of the gear, and drive up to the nearby Neolithic Stone Circle at Castlerigg. That will feature in another post.