A very beautiful day of clear blue skies and long views, as we set off from Aira Force to walk along the shores of Ullswater to Glenridding.
Hardly a breeze and the lake very placid. The path avoiding the road, much of it relatively new, offers particularly fine views across Ullswater to Place Fell.
Glenridding was very hard hit in the winter floods and the clear-up continues, with many yellow-coated workers, but the village is OPEN for business and the car park is free for the time being – it would be nice if the national park kept ALL car parks free for the rest of the year, to give the Lake District businesses a chance to recover. The usual parking fees in the national park are extortionate and price out poorer visitors.
We walk up the glen to the old Greenside Mine, once one of the richest lead mines in the world. It closed in 1962, and many of the buildings are now youth hostels etc. Up past the old working following the track by the Glenridding Beck.
As we gained height, the higher mountains looked rather alpine with their covering of snow. Catstycam looking quite magnificent. There were skiers on its lowest slopes.
Back then to the lakeshore at Glencoyne Bay.
Very few walkers about even on such a beautiful day.
Don’t be put off by the floods. The Lake District is open for business and the fells look gorgeous on these good winter/spring days.