Sunday, June 21, 2009

Lake District trip

We just got back from a camping trip to Glenridding in Lake District National Park, Cumbria. The weather was awful. 50-60mph gusts, high winds, heavy rains and other weather elements (sleet!) hammered us continuously during the whole trip.

The campsite we stayed in was Gillside farm, a wonderful campsite that unfortunately got busy from Friday evening. The campsite is on a working farm, so expect wondering ducks, sheep and rabbits wondering around the site. Facilities are good, with clean toilets, showers (20p for ten minutes of hot water) and a washing up area. The site itself is divided into two fields: the bottom of the hill near the walking path and stream, and on the top where it is quieter but a walk away from the campsite's facilities. On weekends, a stall (run by the farm themselves, I believe) sells hot food and drinks.

The lack of enforcements of the rules was actually quite off-putting and irksome. The last thing you want when you are trying to sleep is having kids running and tripping on your tent's guy ropes as well as people arriving after lights out and pitching up noisily, which were precisely what we suffered. It makes a great base camp for Helvellyn and other Eastern and Far Eastern fells, and we have no problem returning the campsite in the future, but will avoid it at weekends or busy periods (school holidays).

Anyway some pictures from our trip:


RichardAM said...

Great photos, really epic!

Slightly off-topic, what camera were you using?

Jon said...


I am using a Canon G9. A brilliant compact without too many compromises. I like it because it has more 'pro' features than my old Casio EX-P700, while retaining a similar compact design and weight.

I still want a Leica M8.2 or the new Olympus Pen E-P1 though!

Anonymous said...

Wonderful pictures! We love Lake District. We stayed at Ambleside the last time we were in England. Looking forward to visiting the Lakes again!