Posted by: travelrat | January 1, 2014

Leaf Peeping

Happy New Year, everyone! 

It seems rather odd to be posting about Autumn colours on New Year’s Day … but, I figure with the grey and miserable weather we’ve been having lately, a bit of colour might be appreciated.

Glencoyne Wood

Grange over Sands: 31st October 2013.

I thought I was going to be disappointed with the autumn ‘leaf-peeping’ this year. The leaves in Grange over Sands were on the turn, admittedly, but the colours were rather muted and dull. But, they got much better as we drove north over Kirkstone Pass and into Patterdale for lunch at the White Lion.

The pity is that the best views are usually somewhere where you can’t stop the car, and get out for a couple of minutes … and they seem to place the lay-bys, where you can stop, in rather boring, uninteresting places.

The obvious answer is to get out and walk … but, if that’s not an option, maybe one day they’ll introduce a car-mounted camera which the driver can operate without taking his attention off the road.

Fortunately, there are exceptions to this rule and one of these, Glencoyne, on the banks of Ullswater, offers, in my opinion, some of the best Autumn displays.

A little way further on and up the hill, I was able to park the car, and take a short walk to view the waterfall at Aira Force, in full spate after recent storms. Unfortunately, I couldn’t get as close as I would have liked, for the National Trust rangers had closed the path to the foot of the falls, because of fallen trees and landslips. But, I got a good view anyway, and, hopefully, they’ll have got the path fixed before the next time I pass this way.

Aira Force


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