Saturday, October 03, 2015

Great Langdale

A few miles from our rented cottage lay the valley of Great Langdale, including the settlement of Chapel Stile.  This village reveals very clearly that the central Lake district was once not just a base for Wainwright enthusiasts and trippers, but a serious industrial workplace.  Strung along the valley are these little rows of quarrymen's cottages.

Our walk began by crossing the working yard of a quarry still processing slate for paving-stones and road materials.  All day we could hear the work proceeding.

Soon the path rose, into more classic scenery, with tempting glimpses of the Langdale Pikes.  We were aiming for Lingmoor Fell and its summit, Brown How.

Striding across the landscape are the drystone walls, such a feature of the Lake District and sometimes in improbable places.

From the more moderate summit where we ate lunch, sheltering from the stiff breeze, we had a wonderful view of the Pikes.

 On the only thoroughly wet day we visited the Armitt Museum in Ambleside.   The town itself is over-run with trippers but the exhibition showed us a new side of Beatrix Potter, who was a serious student of fungi.  The exhibition featured some of her exquisite drawings.

This is the famous bridge house in Ambleside.

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