Photographs from a Short Trip to Grasmere in the Lake District

02nd September 2017
I recently spent 3 days in Grasmere on a walking and photography holiday. The weather was typically Lake District with a real mix of bright sunshine, rain and a thunder storm thrown in for good measure. Grasmere is a great base from which to explore the surrounding mountains and hillsides with pathways leading off in all directions. We managed 2 big walks on the trip and getting out and about despite the rain really paid off for photography. I came back with a couple of images which will fit my landscape photographer calendars perfectly and I managed to capture a few alternative Lake District scenes which wouldn’t present themselves in finer weather.

The first big walk we completed was the classic route up to Easedale Tarn alongside the stunning Sour Milk Gill Waterfall. The Easedale valley is full of interesting features including classic Cumbrian country houses, farms and stone bridges. The distant views of the waterfall tumbling down the hillside make this walk one not to be missed.

Easedale Valley

Sour Milk Ghyll

Easedale Tarn

Once at Easedale Tarn we carried on further than the crowds of tourists up to the relatively small but beautifully located Codale Tarn which was completely deserted for the hour we were there stopped for lunch enjoying the views. On the walk back down we took an alternative route down the other side of the waterfall enjoying the scenery around the Easedale valley floor.

On the next day we started out in heavy rain for our second big walk of the trip and kept to the low level ground up the Gramere to Rydal Hall Coffin Route overlooking Grasmere and then down and around Rydal Water to the stunning Rydal Caves.

Rydal Caves

View from the Rydal Caves

From the caves was took a route through Pelter Bridge & Fox Ghyll around and over Loughrigg Fell where the weather began to clear and we were treated to some spectacular light reflecting on the lush greens found in the foliage in height of summer. It was coming down from Loughrigg Fell that I took my favorite image of the trip with a view looking across classic Lakeland dry stone walling to the Langdale Pikes with their peaks in clouds and the roaring Dungeon Ghyll Force Waterfall tumbling down the mountainside reflecting perfectly the strong afternoon sunlight.

Langdale Pikes and Dungeon Ghyll from Loughrigg Fell

Lake District Barn at Brimmer Head Farm - Easedale

Loughrigg Tarn

I'll be making my next trip to the Lake District in the Autumn where I plan to explore the western edge of the national park staying near to Crummock Water to capture the autumn colour in the Lake District countryside and mountains.

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