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Ireby Northern Lake District

March 27, 2010

One of the things that always amazes me is how you can travel from one valley to the next in the Lake District and the weather can be completely different, so a day out usually involves a look at the sky before deciding which way to go.

Leaving rainy Ambleside behind we decided to head to the North Lakes, which turned out to be an excellent idea, even a little weak spring sunshine during the day.

First stop The Old Sawroom Tearooms at Dodd Wood, where we heard the news that the first Osprey was back in it’s nest. There is a viewing point here and it opened today for the season. An Osprey bus operates from Keswick at weekends and in the summer holidays to the view point. Opposite is Mirehouse a beautiful Manor House with very interesting gardens with beautiful views of the Lake District landscape.

Headed on towards Ireby an area to the north of Keswick known as “Back of Skiddaw”. On High Ireby Lane we came across this little arch.

Ancient Arch Ireby

It was difficult to see the date printed on the arch but could read 18?5.

Close up of Ireby Arch

Close up of Ireby Arch

Further up the lane is Ireby Hall, the grounds were a mass of snowdrops. The daffodils may be late in the Lakes this year but the snowdrops are making up for it.

Snowdrops, Ireby hall.

Snowdrops Ireby Hall

Further up the lane we had to make a quick 99 point turn as it was completely blocked by a lorry that had lost it’s hayload.

Hay Lorry blocks the lane.

Hay lorry blocks the lane

Headed back with a swift visit to Keswick which is having major roadworks done at the moment, literally cutting the centre in half. Loads of parking for that reason so had plenty of time to look in Friars of Keswick chocolate shop window which is always fantastic at Easter. Managed to resist the urge to buy chocolate and headed for home.

2 Comments
  1. Oh, love that stream and arch! =)

    To bad there is no video of this 99 point turn, LOL

  2. Rebecca Watson permalink

    I love Ireby – they have a music festival every year and it’s one of the most picturesque places.

    You should visit the Ireby Chancel sometime – it’s in the middle of a field but there’s a path next to it. Worth a visit for some lovely photographs.

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