Windermere At Dawn
After a rather disappointing & sometimes scary trip to Coniston Water, a couple of days later I headed to Windermere. Fortunately the roads were clearer, although there was still a thick layer of snow covering the Lake District as far as the eye could see. Having parked the car in the town around 7am, I headed up the well marked path to Orrest Head. This vantage point, offering 360 degree views of the surrounding landscape, was the first fell climbed by the great Alfred Wainwright & kick started his passion for the Lakeland hills.
It was quite eerie climbing up the heavily wooded slope in the dark with the snow crunching underfoot, especially when a mad early morning jogger appeared out of nowhere, running by torchlight. Once at the summit the view certainly didn't disappoint & having the entire place to myself as the sun rose above the mountains behind me was simply an amazing experience. Definitely catching this landscape photography bug.