Sunday 3 April 2011: Bored-walk - Yes but Definitely Not!
Day Two of our Lake District holiday. To get our legs stretched we decided to do the Stone Circle Circular. Walking from the house we went through Springs Wood, past Castlerigg Campsite, across the A591 and round the Stone Circle. After stopping for lunch on the hillside underneath Goosewell Farm we continued under the A66 and joined the disused railway cycletrack to get us back into Keswick.
This walk is magical for many reasons. Amongst them are :
The different aspects of Derwentwater and the Borrowdale Valley that reveal themeselves in stages as you climb to the mast through Springs Wood.
The 360 degree view of the fells you get just after the campsite - which is breathtaking, particularly today when we were the only two people in the landscape.
The River Greta - winding its way beside and under the old railway line, through tree lined slopes, for all the world as if in Canada.
A near guarantee of Dippers on the river. We saw more than ever this year - a Year Tick for me, taking me to 110 bird species for 2011 so far.
This Blip is of the boardwalk that signals the end of the Greta-side part of the trail.