This year, we spent 10 days or our holidays in the center of the Lake District, to explore this mountainous region of Great Britain, and 2 days near Hadrian’s wall, north-east of Corbridge.
At the Lake District, we had booked at the National Trust Campingsite near the end of Great Langdale, west of Ambleside. Not too expensive, without facilities like a swimming pool or restaurant, and with just a small shop; but quiet and no more light than needed.Out first intention was to stay there for five nights, but since it was so central to the area, we extended our stay and stayed there for the whole period.
The area is famous for its possibly bad weather – being the wettest part of England. But we were lucky. Most rain fell during the first nights, after three weeks of drought – and temperatures were well below normal. At night, it was freezing cold – minimal, but still. But it all improved, and we had pretty good weather for walking: over the fells, following parts of the Cumbria Way on some occasions, and the last leg of the Dales way – whic is very different.
Of course, we did a trip on Lake Windermere and and had a ride in a steam-train form the Southern shore atr Lakeside to the seaside at Haverswaithe, and back. That day turned out to be the only day that rain would have been a problem while walking.
We also had a few very sunny days, and quite warm, so it wasn’t too bad at all.
The last days were spent near Corbridge, allowing us a visit to Hadrian’s wall and Newcastle, before we travelled back.
Of course, all walks have been tracked, and a lot of images have been taken – quite a lot form a panoramic view of the area. But when working in the images, the disk crashed and that means I may have lost the tracking data… But I was lucky to have a copy of the raw image files, a backup of what I’d done already – and the raw tracking data. These have now been processed, here you can find the images and tracking data projected on the Ordnance Survey edition of Mapsource, and Google Earth, as well as all tracking data in the usual Garmin, generic and Excel, comma separated formats.
(Note dd. 02-Mar-2011: Not all tracking files are available uet, some must still be generated)