The Lakes Fells and Lakes, Walks and Stone-Walled Roads, Waterfalls and Charming Villages

The Lake District is filled with mountains (fells) as well as the many lakes that give it its name. The area is also a national park (, and a very popular place for a week's holiday getaway, a weekend, or a day trip.

A shop in Hawkshead

Not surprisingly, the Lakes District is a bit touristy, with so many visitors, so prices are often a bit higher than elsewhere, and there is more opportunity to buy souvenirs and knick-knacks. This seems a small price to pay for the incredible natural beauty of the area.

We drove up to Kirkstone Pass, the highest pass in the Lakes that is open to motor vehicles. We ascended via "The Struggle." This aptly named roadway is very narrow - not more than a single lane, but with two-way traffic, and flanked on both sides by dry stone walls. It twists its way up to Kirkstone Pass from Ambleside, rising, in places, at a 1 in 4 gradient (a one foot rise in four feet traveled). Other hazards include sheep which have strayed onto the roadway from the adjoining fields, highland cattle, and other traffic (car, cycle and foot). The tale of the name is told that, in days of horse and coach travel, the horses struggled mightily to pull their load to the top of The Struggle.

Looking down The Struggle at Lake Windemere
Highland cows along The Struggle
Lake Windemere from The Struggle
Ruth found a bit of hair from a Highland Cow, and immediately had Deb laughing
Looking up The Struggle

After reaching Kirkstone Pass, we turned and started down toward Hartsop and Patterdale. We stopped at a parking area near a fell called Red Screes, where some people were scrambling up the steep fell. Scott went about half way up to take some photos from that vantage point.

Down from the parking area on Red Screes
A bit higher on Red Screes
Higher still...
Half way up Red Screes
Down to the parking area
Aira Force (falls) near Ullswater
View from our lodge in Troutbeck, in the Lakes
Kendal Castle
In Ambleside, there is an iconic small stone house over the river, which is never without tourists
The river flows through Ambleside
Ambleside street
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