I used to visit the Lakes quite regularly when I was a student (and we’re talking 30 years ago). I've got lots of memories of time spent camping or in youth hostels, and of usually being wet. And I've got a few recollections of the sun shining and the lakes being mirror-smooth too.
I'm not quite sure why I stopped visiting.
I did get out of the mountains habit for a few years, and later on I got into the Scotland habit. If I was going to travel all the way from southern England, I might as well keep going into ‘real’ mountains. I did get a bit put off by the images of the wide gravelled Lake District paths (“mountain motorways”?) with crowds of people on them, preferring the more remote (and emptier) mountains further north. Recently I've been re-finding the Lake District and adding some new memories (and better photographs) to the ones from the 1980s.
Despite having returned to both camping and hostels this year, we decided that for a two week visit we needed a self-catering cottage. We stayed at the lovely Barn at Town Yeat in High Nibthwaite just beside the southern end of Coniston Water, and used that as our base to explore the southern part of the Lake District.
|Antony Gormley statue at High Nibthwaite|
|An autumn essential - at The Barn|
|Lots of Cumbria Way options|
|On to Ambleside|
|Sunny Bank jetty, Coniston Water|
|Water Park jetty, Coniston Water|
|Crowds on the paths.|
|Meeting the locals, Ulverston|