Travel Theme: Wood. This week we escaped to the Lake District, staying for two nights in Ambleside. There is much to be said for visiting out of season: the roads are quiet, the shops almost empty and there is no problem getting into restaurants, always assuming they have not put up their shutters for the winter. The downside is the weather but wet weeks in the Lakes are just as likely in August as in January. Nevertheless, this was a particularly sodden few days – the sound of running water was inescapable.

On Wednesday we went for a six mile hike around Elterwater where the primary objective was to find a route that was reasonably solid underfoot.  Elterwater is almost onomatopoeic or should that be mimetic. Either way, helter skelter water describes and sounds like the place and its weather perfectly.

On the OS map, Rob Rash is marked as adjacent to the village. This, it turns out, is a National Trust wood and not a skin complaint.  The woodland must appear in these photographs (click on the images to enlarge):

Rob Rash wood




  1. meticulousmick · January 25, 2014

    Lovely area and agree with the ‘Out of season’ comment. MM 🍀

    • northumbrianlight · January 25, 2014

      It is lovely but for much of the year it is just too busy (and a little too commercialised). Give me Scotland’s north west every time (trouble is the distance from Hexham).

  2. margber · January 25, 2014

    Very Lovely photos. Do you use Photoshop?

    • northumbrianlight · January 25, 2014

      Thanks for the kind comment. They started life in the camera emulating Fujifilm Velvia, they were processed with OnOne’s Perfect B&W and then adjusted some more in Photoshop CC. So yes, they have been hacked to within an inch of their lives 🙂

      • ilargia64 · January 28, 2014

        Beautiful indeed…So moody!!! Looks like a wonderful place…

  3. margber · January 25, 2014

    Thank You! I am rather new to this and do not own photo editing software. Yet! I am asking around and photoshop seems to be software most ppl use. I hope it is good for beginners.

    Thanks for your response. Beautiful photos!

  4. greenmackenzie · January 25, 2014

    These are so beautiful…..the haunting mist and stillness of winter beautifully captured. For some reason I’m really drawn to the middle shot, great manipulation 🙂
    You’re tempting me to book a winter visit down here……I definitely found it just too busy the last couple of times I went, but out of season sounds tempting.

  5. suej · January 25, 2014

    Love these, truly haunting images. As Seonaid has said, you have captured the stillness of winter 🙂

    • northumbrianlight · January 25, 2014

      Thanks Sue – it was one of those days when there were just so many pictures to take. Needless to say there are loads more to be mucked around with 🙂

      • suej · January 25, 2014

        Tell me about it!

  6. Hanne T. Fisker · January 25, 2014

    I love the dream-like quality in this photo…

    what mysteries
    awaits in the mist
    For how long
    can we resist

    walking towards
    our dreams
    life whispering
    in forests streams

    forever it seems…

    And thank you for you comments on my blog! 🙂

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  8. LaVagabonde · January 25, 2014

    I spent about 6 weeks in the Lake district in the summer time. Beautiful place, but mobbed with the worst kind of tourist. I remember wondering how it would be in the off season. You are a hardy soul to hike in that weather! The photos are stunning, especially the second to last one. Love that vintage tint.

    • northumbrianlight · January 25, 2014

      Thanks Julie – I am not a hardy soul by inclination 🙂 Trouble is if you visit anywhere for just a few days you are obliged to make the most of it.

  9. harrienijland · January 25, 2014

    Wonderful photo’s, Robin!

  10. Jo · January 25, 2014

    Beautiful, I was almost in the Lakes myself this weekend but the weather was just too bad. Possibly next week. These are lovely shots

    • northumbrianlight · January 25, 2014

      Many thanks and a good call Jo – anything like it is here at the moment and it can only have got worse.

      • Jo · January 25, 2014

        It has been terrible today, I don’t think the kids would have ever forgiven me if I had taken them over there ha! It has done nothing but come down in sheets all day long! Keeping my fingers crossed for next weekend!

  11. Malin H · January 25, 2014

    Stunning, beautiful and I really love these ones! Nice work Robin!

  12. RobynG · January 25, 2014

    Great images and I like the way you have changed the personality of the “place” by adjusting your edits. Good stuff!

    • northumbrianlight · January 26, 2014

      Many thanks Robyn – wasn’t sure if I should have made the last one consistent with the other two but I liked the frosty feel to it (which it wasn’t 🙂 )

  13. Meanderer · January 26, 2014

    The first image is gorgeous – like a painting. The Lake District tourist board should use that in their literature! It might attract too many people off-season, though, which would ruin it for those of us who crave the peace, beauty, and solitude of being is such a place outside the main season 😉

    • northumbrianlight · January 26, 2014

      Many thanks – there is always that danger although I think the weather can always be relied on to deter the masses 🙂

  14. endlessframe · January 27, 2014

    amazing shot! Love it

  15. Photography Journal Blog · January 27, 2014

    Beautiful photos, I like them a lot.

  16. littledogslaughed · January 27, 2014

    I really like all of these photographs-but the top two are particularly eye-catching. The light and the color with the silhouetted landscape evoke a sense of memory and timelessness-well done!

    • northumbrianlight · January 27, 2014

      Many thanks for your consistently generous comments, it is much appreciated. There must be a colour to memory so your reference gets to the heart of it – thanks again.

  17. elisaruland · January 27, 2014

    Rob Rash…funny!

    Your shots have a beautiful mystery about them. All three are gorgeous.

    • northumbrianlight · January 28, 2014

      Many thanks and so pleased someone out there picked up on my schoolboy ‘humour’ 🙂 All the best.

  18. bentehaarstad · January 27, 2014

    Really beautiful photos of this landscape.

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