Lake District

A flying visit – literally – to the Lake District for a weekend exploring the backroads near Keswick and west of Ambleside. This was my first visit to England’s most celebrated national park in something like 30 years, and it was far more beautiful than I remembered. You need a hardy complexion to hike in the Lakes this late in the season, but the intermittent rain, wind and sunny spells made for fun driving and photography. I’d highly recommend the drive over Wrynose and Hardknot passes, which is truly spectacular… were it not for the stone walls and occasional cottages the scenery here would pass for the northern Yukon.

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A ray of sun amid squally late-October weather

Honister Pass, Lake District

Honister Pass, Lake District

River Duddon, Lake District

River Duddon, in the wild valley between Wrynose and Hardknot passes

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