OPC Trip to Derwent Water – Nov 2021

The nine members were really grateful to arrive in HF’s Derwent Bank Hotel for this three night break.  This photo trip had been postponed twice, precipitously cancelled and then, at our insistence reinstated on the other side of the country.  As it turned out the venue was in a terrific position close to the head of Derwent Water and with gardens running down to the water’s edge. 

On our first morning we took advantage of the grounds but dawn was a dull affair brightened by the cooked breakfast we enjoyed after.  We headed down the east side of the lake towards Ashness Jetty and the famous bridge before snapping a few panoramic views from Surprise View.  The weather worsened as we headed up the road to Watendlath and a decision for a lunch under cover was made.  We’re keen, but not pouring rain keen.  Oh, hold on. There were two web footed members who stayed out in it!  Later, as the torrent we drove down to Grange in Borrowdale and photographed the exhilarating Lodor Falls in full cry.  Also, Dave did his Saint Francis impersonation with the waterfowl all round his feet.

The following day we were more optimistic about the light and headed to Castlerigg Stone Circle for dawn.  It was all over in 20min (economy of effort) but we were treated to a glorious pink sky with silhouettes of the standing stones. We’d be back later in the day.

After another solid breakfast we left in mixed weather for Buttermere.  Getting there before the weekend crowds we parked up and headed for the North end of the mere. The changing light lead to some interesting conditions to photograph the splendid views, trees, waterfalls etc.  Moving on we were more challenged for parking at Crummock Water but managed to squeeze in at the head of the lake, following a walk through colourful woodland to its edge. Following the easy path around the lake we snapped the glorious Autumnal Lakeland views.  We ended the day where we started, watching the golden dusk light fall on prehistoric stones.

For the dawn of our final morning we simply headed down to Derwent Water’s edge and captured some lovely colour amongst the moored boats. Before heading home many of us took the wonderful ramble around Aira Force NT and photographed the many cascades and the enormous drop of the main fall.  No red squirrels to be seen but a wonderful place on a fine autumn day to enjoy the countryside and Annette’s superb flapjack.

One Comment Add yours

  1. Kevin Lane says:

    Derwent water seems such a long time ago but some excellent images from all.


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