Even in a car full of middle-aged people, with mixed weather and an invalid on board, it is possible to experience some fantastic scenery not too far from the madding crowds of Ambleside on a half term Sunday afternoon.
Therefore, a trip out to the Langdale Pikes and a walk back to Ambleside (which is only seven miles away) is a great way to spend half a day in the lake district.
A short car ride from Ambleside and you are in the heart of Langdale, surrounded by the famous Pikes, beautiful.
And if you have an invalid with you, it is possible to drive into some amazing scenery, making the distance from the car to the open world, as short as possible – so it really is possible to enjoy Langdale on one leg.
We took a nice walk today fro Langdale back to Ambleside, only 5 or 6 miles but plenty for an out of shape bloke after a pint at the National Trust pub in Sticklebarn
The walk back from the pub at Sticklebarn, via Langdale village and the new path around Elterwater was easy and rewarding – I would urge anyone with a couple of hours spare to give it a go, no hiking gear required!
The lake is 1290yd (1.18 km) long and varies in width up to a maximum of 380yd (350m), covering an area of 0.12 mi² (0.31 km²). It has a maximum depth of 65 ft (17m) and an elevation above sea level of 177 ft (54m). The lake is both supplied and drained by the river Rothay, which flows from Grasmere upstream and towards Windermere downstream.
The waters of the southern half of the lake are leased by the Lowther Estate to the National Trust, whilst those of the northern half belong to the estate of Rydal Hall. Navigation is prohibited, except for residents of Rydal Hall.
Numerous walks are possible in the surrounding hills, as well as a walk around the lake itself, which takes in Dove Cottage and Rydal Mount, both homes to William Wordsworth, and Rydal Cave, a former quarry working. At the western end of the lake, steps lead to Wordsworth’s Seat, which is considered to have been Wordsworth’s favourite viewpoint in the Lake District.
We will be re-visiting many of our favourite walks over the coming days, and if the sun looks like shining, I will get out the big camera!
Lake Como is somewhere in Italy that everyone should visit.
I am going to show this beautiful place to you with some images from a trip I took in the summer of 2013
We spent a week here as part of a rail trip across Europe , that was booked with Great Rail Journeys, all of these photos were taken on my Leica X2, which has now been replaced with something i can’t focus as well!
Lake Como, Lago di Como in Italian, is Italy’s most popular lake and also its deepest. Lake Como is shaped like an inverted Y giving it a long perimeter. The lake is surrounded by mountains and hills and dotted with beautiful villas and resort villages. There are good hiking paths, boat trips and water activities. Popular since Roman times, Lake Como is a top romantic travel destination and a great spot for photography.
Lake Como is in the region of Lombardy and is part of the northern Italian Lakes District. It lies between Milan and the border of Switzerland with its southern tip about 40km north of Milan. See location on this Lombardy Map.
Lake Como is a popular weekend destination for people from Milan so the weekdays may be less crowded. July and August are the most crowded months. Spring and Fall are the best times to visit as it is less crowded and the weather is usually pleasant.
anyhow, back to the trip – Lake Como is on the Milan to Switzerland line, and that’s how we arrived, the train stops in the town of Como itself and you can easily drag your cases down onto the lake-front, where there is a tourist office and plenty of hotels; we stayed at the metropole
What a great few days; Lake Como is beautiful, you need to get on a boat and visit the many towns and villages by hopping on and off, taking a picnic and your camera….