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Monday, 28 May 2012

One Wedding And A Lake 25/26 May

Thursday afternoon, 24th May 2012, saw us traveling up to Calder Bridge on the far western fringe's of the Lake District as we were attending a wedding the following day. The big day belonged to a girl that we have known for about 26 years as she is our neighbours daughter. The wedding took place at Low Wood Hall, Nether Wasdale and what a fantastic place to get married as the sun shone and the Wasdale fells of Whin Rigg & Illgill Head provided a stunning backdrop.

The Bride & Groom, Nicci & Chris, looked great together on their big day
After the ceremony we all made our way back to the Sella Park Country House, Calder Bridge, for a fantastic reception and party in fantastic surroundings. You wouldn't think that the Sellafield nuclear reprocessing site is just across the fields
But with the River Calder running through the woods of the country house grounds, you could be a million miles from anywhere

After the wedding ceremony it was time to relax and have a few drinks before heading into the marque for the traditional wedding celebrations
A big thanks to Nicci & Chris for for an excellent wedding and we hope that the future brings you lots of happiness together

Well after all those celebrations the day before and the weather being as hot as ever, we decided that we'd have a walk around one of the near by lakes before we made our way home. As we have been to Wast Water before, we decided that Ennerdale would be the perfect place as there was access all the way round. It didn't disappoint. The view down Ennerdale Water with Great Borne to the left and High Stile in the far background
We made our way round to Anglers Crag but we decided to stay on the path that took us around the bottom of this as we just couldn't be bothered to do any climbing, even though it was only a small climb 
This is where we get our first view of Pillar, to the right, with High Stile to the left, that dominates the valley
This was turning out to be a great peaceful walk with the sun beating down but luckily there was quite a breeze blowing down the valley that made it much more bearable, otherwise we might of fried!! :-)

We did find a bit of shelter amongst the trees where we rested and took in the views

We made our way through the trees and came out at The Side before making our way round to the end of Ennerdale and had half an hour basking in the sun sat on the beach :-)
It was such a peacful location that even the locals were taking it easy
As we came out of the fields and crossed the bridge to take us onto the forest road, there was a distinct lack of water in the River Liza
 This part of the walk is very straight forward as you stay on the forest road for quite a bit, passing numerous pic-nic areas along the shore line of Ennerdale Water. We took advantage of one of these and dipped our feet in the water. Despite the soaring temperatures, the water was freezing and I wouldn't of liked to go for a swim, no matter how inviting it looked!!
We followed the road round to Bowness Knott Car Park where we again had a rest stop and took in the views from Pillar to Anglers Crag.
A bit further round and the wind started to whip down the valley and stir the water into life again

 And it made life awkward for a couple in a canoe who were trying there hardest against the wind
All what was left to do was make it back round to the Bleach Green car park. A great end to a great weekend in the far western region of the Lake District, taking in a Wedding and a Lake :-)

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