'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'.
Looking Up and across Lake Derwentwater to the snow capped peak of Skiddaw
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.