42 Photos - Dec 21, 2011
Photo: Because the ferry schedules didn't work out in our favor, we hiked from Glenridding to Howetown and then took the ferry back (it's normally done the other way). The weather wasn't great our first day in the Lake District but we still had a great time.Photo: What's that?Photo: Sheep hiding in the fernsPhoto: Strike a heroic pose!Photo: Photo: On the ferry back to UllswaterPhoto: The name of the ferryPhoto: Back to the cafe for a cup of hot teaPhoto: Serene in Castlerigg stone circle outside of KeswickPhoto: I wanted to take more photos and waited for the sun to emerge from behind the clouds.Photo: The sun never came out again so we passed the time  by taking photos of each other before we got hit by torrential rain and ran back to the carPhoto: Topo of the Castlerigg stone circlePhoto: Hot tea and flapjacks were waiting for us at the Ellas Crag B&B when we checked inPhoto: Ellas Crag backyard. Highly recommended if you are in the Lake District.Photo: Serene having kippers for breakfastPhoto: Traditional English breakfast for mePhoto: The resident cat TrufflesPhoto: Despite the weather forecast predicting high winds and gusts of 60 mph, we took the chance and hiked up CatbellsPhoto: Ellas Crag is the leftmost grey house in the picturePhoto: Not many people hiking the very popular trail that day (for good reason)Photo: The trail goes up and along the ridge leading to the Catbells summit. Spectacular views on both sides.Photo: The Catbells summit in the distancePhoto: The wind was starting to pick upPhoto: Summit of Catbell. I hunkered down for a bit to avoid the worst of the gusts.Video: Serene struggling against the wind on the summitPhoto: Trying to get off the summitVideo: It was gusting really hard and it was difficult to stand and walkPhoto: Right after we got off the summit, the sun came out and the wind died down a littlePhoto: Only a little!Photo: Getting the heck off the ridge before more weather moved inPhoto: The trail winds its way down the side of the hill through ferns and purple flowersPhoto: The sun would come out periodicallyPhoto: About 30 seconds before we got pelted with torrential rainPhoto: 30 seconds after the torrential rainPhoto: There was a stop marked in the guidebook about this being the most scenic bridge in the Lake District. We didn't really see the difference between this bridge and the dozens that we passed along the road.Photo: We got the Cumberland Cream Tea for two at Bryson's in KeswickPhoto: No trip to England is complete without high teaPhoto: All finished 30 minutes later.Photo: The Catbells can be seen from our room in Ellas CragPhoto: Truffles inspecting our bathtubPhoto: My laptop was warm so Truffles decided to sit on itPhoto: Serene enjoying her whiskey and porridge breakfast the following morning