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Monday, 1 June 2015

U stands for UP

'Up the airy mountain and down the rushing glen, we daren't go a hunting for fear of little men, wee folk, good folk, trooping altogether, green jacket, red cap and white owl's feather'.   (William Allingham 1824-1889).

When I was in my teens we used to go to our church summer school. We would board a coach outside of the church and travel Up to the Lake District, a wonderful National Park of mountains, lakes and pretty villages etc.




 

Mount Skiddaw,  overlooking Lake Derwentwater.  Skiddaw is 3,054 ft above sea level and is the 4th highest mountain in the UK. 





 

Up on top of the World, or so it seemed to a 14 year old. We actually reached the peak and kissed the stone! This view from the summit looks down over Lake Bassenthwaite, the plateau at the peak is called Striding Edge. Whilst we were climbing and scrabbling Up the mountain we would sing many songs and of course, 'Up the Airy Mountain'.


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 Looking Up and across Lake Derwentwater to the snow capped peak of Skiddaw
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Below the stunning Ashness Bridge, formerly a pack horse bridge, with Lake Derwentwater and Mount Skiddaw in the background .

Up The Airy Mountain and Down the Rushy Glen (yet again) and you will come across the most picturesque spectacle of  Tarn Hows ( above) a tarn is a small lake set high amongst a mountain range.


I shall have to UP and away now as we are setting off on a trip to the beautiful Isle  of Anglesey in North Wales,  for a week's holiday. It is just about a 90 minute drive  from our home UP and along the N.Wales coastal road.


My sincere thanks to the UTTERLY lovely Denise for giving US so much pleasure in devising ABCW and also to the UBIQUITOUS Roger for his superb administration of ABCW.
Best wishes,
Di.
ABCW team.
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16 comments:

  1. What a lovely mountain and views. We live in British Columbia with many tall peaks, but climbing and scrambling up most of them is near impossible, especially for me. Have a great holiday. - Margy

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    1. Hi Margy,
      I don't think we can compete with BC for stunning peaks, although ours are quite stunning but on a smaller scale.

      best wishes,
      Di.
      ABCW team.

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  2. Thank you this trip. The Lake District is a really lovely place to go. I was there once on a sunny day during a short stop. We were on our way to Scotland. Have a great week, Di.
    Wil, ABCW Team

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  3. Oh Di, your upcoming trip sounds amazing. Enjoy. Back in 2006 we spent a couple days in North Wales in Conwy and so enjoyed the countryside there. On that trip we stayed in the Lake District, too, outside Keswick and enjoyed some hikes up with beautiful views of Derwentwater. You are making me yearn to go back to these lovely places. Have a good trip!

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  4. what a beautiful series of photos! wishing you safe travels

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  5. OOOOPPPS... Sorry for two entries - I must have double clicked. Thank you as always to the ABCWednesday team. Have a great week!

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  6. Lovely post - and beautiful country. Up the Airy Mountain, - so appropriate..

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  7. All the shots are so Unbelievably picturesque, that they look as if they were pulled off the pages of a fairytale. Blessings!

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  8. Di, thanks for taking us way up there. Beautiful.

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  9. Up is wonderful! Thanks for hosting.
    My "U" is for UDAIPUR in India.

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  10. Hi Di, I enjoyed your post -- the rhythm of the words and the beautiful photos. I could imagine 14-year-old Di and friends hiking up the trail and singing songs. Have a wonderful holiday.

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    1. thanks Susie we are having fun xx

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  11. Di, nice reflection on Lake Derwentwater. Thanks for sharing.

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    1. Hi Doug, I can't take credit for the photo, I think when I last went 'Up the airy mountain, I only had a Brownie 127 black and white camera.

      Di,
      ABCW team.

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  12. Thank you to all for your kind comments,
    I can't reply individually as I like to, we are on holiday at the seaside with one of our daughter's and two of our
    grandchildren. Having a fine old time, 'crabbing' and building sand castles.
    best wishes.
    Di.
    ABCW team.

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