Category Archives: the lake district cumbria

rocky serenade

cathedral quarry is an old slate mine just north of coniston in the lake district. the cathedral chamber itself is buried in the bowels of the mountain. the name cathedral is thought to relate to either its huge arched window … Continue reading

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where it all began

this shot is looking down wasdale with yewbarrow and great gable standing their ground at the far end. as a valley it seems to have a thing about size; ¬†wast water is the deepest lake in england at some 258 … Continue reading

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look into the mirror

this shot is similar to one i posted a couple of weeks ago, its taken at sunset looking out across the irish sea from cumbria. the interest for me is the juxtaposition of the wild and fiery almost explosive sunset … Continue reading

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no one’s home

i found this caravan inside the ruins of an old farmhouse about half a mile out of grassguards farm in the duddon valley. it was a pretty isolated spot with no sign of any running water or electricity. there was … Continue reading

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the future, stars and giants

this week i went and camped up on top of harter fell in the duddon valley. in many ways an unspectacular mountain in terms of size, difficulty and reputation but it is still one of my favourites. i have memories … Continue reading

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the sunken chapel

this is sunkenkirk stone circle on the eastern slopes of blackcombe just below swinside fell. i don’t think anyone really knows exactly why the stones were put here or what they were used for but its a wonderful place to … Continue reading

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the devil fools

local legend has it that the circle was once intended as the site of an early church, but each night after a hard days sweat and toil, the devil would arrive and sink the stones down into the earth and … Continue reading

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mystic round

that mystic round of druid fame, tardily sinking by its proper weight, deep into patient earth, from whose smooth breast it came william wordsworth the river duddon sonnets

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break the magic

like with many stone circles the stones of sunkenkirk are said to be uncountable, as to count the stones of a circle is to brake its magic, but sat there waiting for the sun its hard not to have a … Continue reading

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arrive in darkness

after dragging myself out of bed at half past three and stealing out into the cold, quite night it was still dark when i arrived at sunkenkirk. i sat down to wait for the sun to arrive. i then noticed … Continue reading

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