Ashness Bridge and Walla Crag

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Thursday was our last but one day of the holiday, and we set off in another morning of dull weather. The plan was to take the short ferry trip to Ashness Bridge, on the eastern side of Derwent Water. From there, we would make the climb up to Walla Crag, which has panoramic views over Keswick, and the lake. After getting off the boat at the first stop, there was a short steep ascent to the bridge.
Antony informed me that this was the most photographed spot in the region.
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As we continued up to the crag, the weather improved slightly. I got this shot of the view behind us. The cluster of white houses you can see is the town of Keswick, in the distance below.
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After my exertions going up Helvellyn, I must have been getting used to the walking, as the final push up to the crag didn’t seem so bad at all. Once at the top, we unloaded our gear, and enjoyed a rest, and our lunch, as we admired the views of the lake, the islands, and the town beyond. It was well-worth the climb, especially as the weather had brightened up too.
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During the walk back into Keswick, we encountered the only consistent heavy rain of the whole trip, as we walked through lower woodland. That lasted for less than thirty minutes, but it did mean that I took no more photos that day, as we skirted the lake to get back to our accommodation.

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29 thoughts on “Ashness Bridge and Walla Crag

  1. Pete, lovely shots of the area and I can just almost see you plopping into that bean bag chair.. I’d never be able to get out again with my bad knees.. I must admit I did have to giggle at that thought upon reading what you wrote.. I’d be like a fish flopping around outta of water.. giggling now again.. Take care, Laura

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    1. Thanks, V. I really did enjoy having time to spend to play around with the camera more. And being with someone else who also wanted to spend time taking photos made all the difference too. On the days of good weather, it would have been very easy to take shots all day, instead of walking!
      Cheers mate, Pete.

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  2. That stone bridge is definitely an attention grabber, and the view of Keswick, the lakes, and the mountains is quite spectacular. I spent some time in zoom mode on that last photo. There is a lot to take in!

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    1. That view from Walla Crag is one I could look at for a long time, David. I also had some zoomed in shots of the ferry, as well as views in the other direction, but chose this as the most descriptive.
      Best wishes, Pete.

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      1. I don’t think the wind farm spoils the view at all. It’s all part of life’s great tapestry, I think they are majestic in stature and harnessing the power of nature, much preferable to raping the earth with fracking and the like. They don’t detract from the beauty of their surroundings. At least not for me.

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        1. I don’t usually mind them myself. There are many in Norfolk, and the huge ones off the coast are photogenic in themselves. There was just something about that almost timeless view in Keswick that made them seem so out of place. But you have to know they were there, or blow the image up pretty big!
          Cheers, Pete.

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        2. I do have Adobe Photoshop Elements on my PC. (A gift from Antony when I left the Met Police) Sorry to say, I have never used it at all. I am a bit of a Luddite when it comes to images. On the last two days, I did use the ‘Velvia’ slide mode, to try to jazz up the dull days. Even then, I felt like a bit of a cheat…

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          1. 🙂 even in days of film, photographers made a lot of adjustments in the dark room to bring out what their vision of what a shot should be, I don’t think using PS or PSE is any different.

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        3. ‘Dodging and burning’. Bits of card on sticks, etc. I tried that at school, when I wasn’t really sure what I was doing. And of course, there is Ansel Adams and his famous Zone System, now replicated as a Photoshop Plugin. I think Ansel would have relished Adobe Photoshop, as he was fond of manipulation of images.
          My own heyday was using a Canon T90, Canon T70, and a Canon A1. Each one had a different type of film in it, and each film was a different speed rating. I kept different lenses on each one, and carried the whole lot around in a huge Billingham bag, (which I still have somewhere) with a full-size Slik tripod hanging off it on straps.
          Except for the lens range, I can now do pretty much all of that in my £280 Fuji compact. Just as well, as I couldn’t lift the bag these days, let alone carry it uphill. :)x

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    1. It was pretty busy in October. It must have been rammed in August. I agree about it being a great place tough. The lake, park, cinema, theatre, good shops, and a terrific choice of eateries too. It would be a great place to live, with all that clean air.
      Best wishes, Pete.

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