We stayed in Penrith overnight during our recent road trip to England and Scotland, with the intention of passing through one of the most beautiful regions of Britain—the Lake District—on our return to the south. The weather forecast was good and so I was delighted to take the route along the A592 past Ullswater.
The winding, narrow road is the most direct route from Penrith to Ambleside via the Kirkstone Pass, and as you can see, it provides some beautiful views. The weather gods looked favourably upon us and presented a still, crisp, clear day for our mini-trip, with an almost mirror-like surface to the lake and ideal, haze-free photographic conditions.
There are a few spots dotted around the Lake District to which I have returned, time and time again, since the mid 1990s. One of them is on the western lake shore around half a mile north of Glenridding, where a slightly steep shoreline leads down from a little lay-by to the tiny, gravelly “beach” in the photo above. I’ve been wanting to take photos from this point under good weather conditions for over twenty years, and finally got my opportunity last week.