Carron Crag & Langdale Chase Hotel

Name of walk Carron Crag & Langdale Chase Hotel
Date of walk 2019-01-13

As my birthday treat we would be staying in the Boat House of the Langdale Chase Hotel. A base for a couple of walks and an ideal setting to take a few sunset/sunrise photos over Windermere. Our first walk was from Grizedale Forest Visitor Centre up to Carron Crag. Rain and wind was forecast, so the forest would provide some degree of protection from the elements, and if the weather is really bad there is always the cafe!

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The walk starts from the end of the playground. It is a 3 mile circular walk, and just a matter of following the red markers. The sign classifies it as strenuous, but it is actually rather easy.

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RUUP by Birgit Oigus.

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Brendan tries it for size. There were several of these sculptures in a clearing beside the track, I remember seeing them on the news. They were part of the Lakes Alive displays.

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Easy tracks.

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No wind at all in the forest, and we are protected from the showers.

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We head out of the forest, the sculpture near the summit can be made out.

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17 Degrees South by Linda Watson (1997).

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It took an hour to reach the summit. It is very windy!

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The summit is rather exposed, wet and slippery, but I climb up for the view. The summit is at 1025ft.

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Thankfully the sun emerges briefly.

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Brendan stays down below.

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Low cloud shrouds the surrounding hills.

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Bits of blue sky!

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We make our way back down.

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These trees don't get much sunlight.

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Pyxis by Del Geist 1986. Constructed using local Silurian slate and situated within an abandoned slate quarry.

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A seat with a view.

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Looking back down on the Grizedale Visitor Centre.

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treefold:centre, by Harriet and Rob Fraser, is carved with poetry and has through-stones that double up as seats. The entrance is aligned with the position of the rising sun on midsummer’s day and an aspen was planted within the walls in February 2018.

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Some of the words.

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Back at the playground. We stop for coffee and cake in the cafe. The walk took us two hours.

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Ancient Forester 2 by David Kemp (1995)

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Go Ape sculpture.

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The Boat House at the Langdale Chase Hotel on the shore of Windermere. It has a roof terrace, but its a bit cold and windy at this time of the year, but great in summer.

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The way in is around the front.

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Great views out on three sides.

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Looking down on the jetties.

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View from the roof terrace.

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The hills at sunset.

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Side of the Boat House.

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Front view.

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The hotel was built as a private house in 1891, and became a hotel in 1930.

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The Boat House was built in 1896.

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A bit fresh!

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The Steinway Concert Grand Piano was made in 1888.

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We had a coffee in the conservatory.

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Sunrise over Windermere.

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The sun hits the mountains.

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Harrison Stickle and Pavey Ark on the right looking orange in the sunlight.

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We head in for breakfast.

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We take a walk around Tarn Hows. They were doing lots of tree felling, due to disease.

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Wetherlam.

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The sun comes out, briefly.

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It is very still.

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A pity it was mostly dull this morning.

An ideal setting for a weekend away.

Jo.

 

 

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