Wednesday, 25 January 2012

The Lake Districts............................................................. Purple House

The last image from Monday's post ended with a glimpse through the trees of the purple house on the road through Newlands Valley.



A circular driving tour takes you into Borrowdale and then over the steep climb of Honister Pass.

Borrowdale is beautiful ... this is a view of the valley from Castle Crag.

The pass reaches an altitude of 1,167ft making it one of the highest in the region...

...and also one of the steepest with gradients of up to 1-in-4 (25%).

The pass descends to Gatesgarth and the beautiful lake at Buttermere.

This is my son Craig and his lovely wife Eleanor enjoying a walk with the old man around Buttermere in 2008.
The circuit around the lake is about four miles... surrounded by high fells it has to be (it's mine) one of the best short walks on the planet.
I headed back over another steep pass Newlands Hause.
Dropping back down towards Keswick I approached a sharp bend in the road.... and there it was.

In the middle of nowhere... and in need of a paint job and a little bit of TLC.
A purple hotel named after the stream that flowed nearby... Rigg Beck.

I first saw it in 1986... It has a wonderful history but has been lost forever... more soon.

20 comments:

TexWisGirl said...

LOVE the one pink side. makes it even more charming! :)

grammie g said...

Hi Andrew...You should do a vistors guide or better yet be the guide you show the most interesting places...especially like the second photo!!
I love water falls everything so peacful looking!
Rigg Beck adorable little place!!
Gracex

Chatty Crone said...

I love that purple house - that is my kind of house! And the Castle Crag - the view - do you know how awesome it is? sandie

Sinbad and I on the Loose said...

I see purple, blue, white and pink. I can only imagine what the other end and the backside colors are. Neat.

Tammy said...

Looks like a beautiful area! I love the 2nd picture.

Liz said...

What a beautiful area! I would love to go to the Lakes District.
I was rather curious about that house :)

Oakland Daily Photo said...

What an appealing tour. Killer views. You just Know the air is cool and fresh.

Carole M. said...

that valley view is beautiful Andrew; lovely scenery. Oh so the purple house is no more...?

heyBJK said...

Oh, goodness! That second shot is breath taking! What a gorgeous place! Purple and pink? It looks like somebody couldn't decide.

Bob Bushell said...

I love the purple hotel, and your walk. Great photos.

BlueShell said...

Excellent: all the photos....Amazingly superb.

Thank you for your hug: I was needing one, indeed!

LOVE
BS

The Herald said...

An interesting post Andrew, a great place to visit...[;o)

José Ramón said...

Linda imágenes.
Saludos desde
Creatividad e imaginación fotos de José Ramón

Ruby said...

wonderful shots and very lovely views!

joo said...

I love this hotel in the middle of nowhere!

Amish Stories said...

Love those image's and your very lucky to live in such a beautiful area. Richard

Laura~Pretty Pix said...

Beautiful images of a beautiful locale.. Thanks for taking us along!

Shaun_ShutterBug said...

Stunning photos, The valleys shot are really nice and clear.
I can only imagine what that road is like to take the Subaru out for a spin on. Fun Fun Fun

Sallie (FullTime-Life.com said...

I'm scrolling backwards, and now I'm even sadder about the post above. At least I bet you are glad you got pictures of it.

Pantherka said...

What a wonderful Andrew!