I left home at 7:30pm on Friday evening and after stopping off briefly for food and fuel drove down to the Lakes. The arrangement was for us to meet up in a National Trust car park on the eastern edge of Derwentwater at 10am on Saturday so I headed in that general direction before searching for a quiet corner to park up for the night. I ended up driving up Borrowdale and up Honister pass in search of a suitable spot. I reached the summit of Honister and was saddened to see the Honister Hause youth hostel in a derelict state. I'd spent some time in my younger days hillwalking from the youth hostel with a group of friends and have happy memories of time spent there but unfortunately it seems to have fallen victim to the economic troubles. I turned round at the summit and drove back down to a layby that I spotted on the way up the pass and parked up for the night.
I was woken by my alarm at 7:30am and emerged from my cosy bolt hole in the back of the van to a cold, frosty but fair morning.
We paddled north in the direction of Keswick,
passing St Herbert's Island on the way,
Overnight the wind picked up a lot and the gusts started to blow down the Langdale valley with the noise of a freight train! It rained as well but thankfully by morning the rain had stopped and the sun came out.
The view up the lake as I waited for the ferry.