10 November 2010

Happy Days, a life in the Lakes

I've been planning to do this for some time, sharing some of my favourite pictures of the many happy days spent in the Lake District over the last 30 plus years. It surprised me that most of the images I selected captured friends and family I'd shared these moments with, not just the stunning landscape pictures.
The photographic quality will vary, some old pictures scanned in years ago, but I hope they'll encapsulate some of the joy I've experienced in this most beautiful part of the world.
If you're moved to preserve the environment of this region, I'd recommend joining Friends of the Lake District, a worthy charity that seeks to protect what we've always valued in this part of the world...timeless landscapes, traditional farming, and rural way of life. Please visit http://www.fld.org.uk/
No mention of the Lake District can pass without me recommending some of my favourite hostelries, essential for rehydration after a long day in the fells!
Best of the lot: the Golden Rule in Ambleside (on Smithy Brow) - a proper boozer, serving an excellent pint of Hartleys XB from Robinsons. Don't bother asking about food here. The choice is simple. Pork pie with mustard, or pickled eggs. Perfect.
Another, mainly for its views over the Newlands Valley, the Swinside Inn, a Jennings house.
And, let's not forget the Brittania Inn, Elterwater - tiny snugs, great pints of Hawkshead Bitter and Coniston Bluebird, with consistently good traditional English food.

First rock climb, Scout Crag in Langdale 1973
On Scafell Pike 1975
Summit of Great Gable 1988
Anna and Kevin on Nab Scar above Rydal, 1989
On Cat Bells, 1990
Elterwater, gateway to Great Langdale
With brother Graham on Dow Crag 1989
On the Pillar Horseshoe 1992
Alan, Kevin, Anna and Jenni, good mates in the hills
Anna learning to brake with an ice axe, 1994
On High Street, 1995
On Striding Edge, 1995
Mansfield Brewery Team on Lakes Mountain Challenge
Raising money for Children's Aid Direct 1997
Newlands Valley

The Stumps with the Pratt family, Grasmere 1998
Stumpy with better half, Gillian, Loughrigg Tarn 1998
Bassenthwaite Lake from Skiddaw
Lakes Mountain Challenge 1998
Great Langdale
Kidsty Pike across Haweswater
On Steeple, 2002
Goats Water from Dow Crag
Towards Easedale, 2003
With Darrell, Bill, Paul on Cat Bells, 2003
Lodge in the Langdale Estate, home for one week each year...

Elterwater from Huntingstile Crag
With Richard Pratt on the Kentmere Round
Kentmere Round, 2005
Langdale Pikes
Pavey Ark, from Stickle Tarn
Summit of Coniston Old Man, 2006
Descent from Scafell Pike, 2006
Hayden and Richard descending Pike O'Blisco
Richard, Rod, Graham and Hayden on Causey Pike, 2008
Starting the Fairfield Horseshoe from Ambleside, 2009
Severe wind chill on the Fairfield Horseshoe, 2009
View to the Scafells and Great Gable from Harrison Stickle
High Crag, above Buttermere 2010
Quintessential Lake District, Grasmere from the Fairfield Horseshoe
The Last Word...Happy Days indeed!

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