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Permanent Tourist

A personal website by Mark Howells-Mead

The Lake District (England)

My England

My England is green and pleasant. In my mind’s eye, the countryside is green and rolling, with occasional villages surrounding leafy, oaked cricket pitches or busy duck ponds. The lanes of my youth lead past scattering pheasants and floral hedgerows which echo the sound of a slightly ropey semi-classic British sports car. Towns are timbered and… (Read More)

Ullswater, at last

Ullswater, Cumbria

Perfect photographic conditions on the shores of Ullswater in the Cumbrian Lake District last week.

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“Life of a Mountain: Blencathra” trailer

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I enjoyed Terry Abraham’s earlier film “Life of a Mountain: Scafell Pike” a great deal, so when I saw that Terry was making a new film featuring Blencathra, I jumped at the chance to contribute through a Kickstarter campaign. I can’t wait to get my copy of the film later this year and this trailer, recently completed, shows why.

Terry Abraham’s wonderful outdoor films

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Terry’s videos make me want to turn off my computer and head for the British hills immediately: whether to a well-known place like the Lake District or to places which will be new to me.

Helvellyn with Mark Richards

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Helvellyn – the third highest peak in the English Lake District and therefore the third highest in England – has long been a goal of mine. The peak draws me much more than the higher Scafells, with a famous ascent via the rocky and precipitous Striding Edge and what must be a breath-taking view from the… (Read More)

Great Gable from Honister Pass

A terrific hike and a personal achievement in the central-western Lake District on our anniversary.

Loughrigg Fell

A shorter hike up one of the Lakeland fells, at Ambleside.

The Way to Green Crag

I don’t usually bother celebrating my birthday in any great fashion, but as I turned forty this year, I decided to make an exception and plan a short break away with Jo, so that I could look back on the arrival of mid-life with some fondness. After some to-ing and fro-ing on a destination, I… (Read More)

Coniston Water

In all the times I’ve visited the Cumbrian Lake District in the north of England, I’d only ever been to Coniston Water once before. After all of the dramatic, deep lakes lined with craggy fells and forests, the long, flat, placid body of water didn’t inspire me photographically and so I quickly passed on. However,… (Read More)