dymondFrom Cockermouth we made our way down the lovely Vale of Lorton, beckoned on by the fells of Whiteside and Grasmoor. It was quite a surprise – and a nice one – to see so many cars parked at Lanthwaite Wood near Crummock Water (pictured). Even better news at Buttermere village where we could barely find a parking spot. By then we’d dropped off more guide books at the Kirkstile Inn near Loweswater, haven for walkers, heaven for beer drinkers. I thought the carpet of croci in the churchyard next door made for a pretty picture.

 

 

At Buttermere we turned east for the Newlands Valley, stopping at Newlands Hause for a short climb up towards Ard Crags. Not to the top but high enough to appreciate the smashing views all around. One or two other people had the same idea.

 

 

 

And so on to Keswick, also badly hit by the December floods but also recovering. Booths store is re-opening on Monday (21st) and there’s another opening too, this one at Easter. It’s the new café at Theatre by the Lake where you’ll be able to sip your tea or coffee, and drink in the views of Derwentwater at the same time. Now that will be theatre of a different kind.

Daffodil Day in Cockermouth is on April 2.

You can buy ‘The Dymond Guide to Cumbria and the Lake District from both our Keswick and Windermere offices. Pop in and purchase one today, your won’t regret it.