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Wild camping on the summit of Place Fell in the English Lake District.

Mountain landscapes – Place Fell, Lake District 

Back in spring we promised ourselves that the summer would be filled with wild camping trips to remote, beautiful places, where long evenings would be spent exploring deserted mountain tops and photographing spectacular golden sunsets.  Unfortunately, life has a habit of getting in the way of such plans, and with autumn approaching we were failing dismally.  The problem is that on a Friday evening after a busy week in the studio or out shooting, its far easier to chill in front of the TV with a glass of wine than make the effort to pack a rucksack, sort through camera gear, drive for a couple of hours and walk for another few hours, before pitching a tent just in time for sunset.

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But a few weeks back when faced with a perfect weather forecast and a free weekend we decided to leave the paperwork behind to get back to the mountains  and doing what we really  love.  So on Friday afternoon we headed west to the Lake District and the shores of Ullswater.  Starting from Patterdale  we left the crowds of tourists behind as we climbed against the flow of walkers who were returning to the valley and the comfort of their hotels.

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High above the lake we found the perfect camping spot on the grassy summit of Place Fell with fabulous views in all directions.  The best thing about being in the mountains at night is the solitude and complete sense of calm; aside from a couple of evening fell runners we had the summit to ourselves.

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Dusk soon approached with its warm light and lengthening shadows, and as the valley was engulfed by shade we watched lights come on in the villages far below.  The mountain tops were still bathed in light though,  and it was warm enough to stay outside until sunset. With mugs of hot chocolate and homemade flapjacks, we watched the sun dip behind Glenridding, bathing the mountains in a peachy, red light.

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We had a reasonable night’s sleep, or as good a you can expect when two people and an excited dog share a small tent, and woke early to a chilly dawn.  By 8 o’clock we were walking again, downwards along Scalehow Beck to the shores of Ullswater.

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The day soon warmed up and we took our time, enjoying the peace of the early morning as we passed the first groups of walkers heading out for the day.  The path wound it’s way along the lakeshore back to Patterdale past trickling streams and through lush damp woodland,  giving  superb views across the still water as the paddle steamer headed out for its first trip of the day.

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Photographs taken from the mountain summits give a different perspective on the landscape and allow you to convey its expanse and beauty in a unique way.

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Lake District – High Street & Pasture Beck

A series of photographs taken in the Lake District while on a circuit of Hayeswater, The Knott, High Street, Thornthwaite and back down Pasture Beck. It was a nice bright day for landscape and outdoor photography, as well as hiking of course! This view is of Rebecca and Barney as they drop down from the summit of Thornthwaite towards Threshwaite before dropping down into the valley to Pasture Beck. I was carrying two cameras that day, as is often the case. The Sony A7rii with the Sony FE 16-35 f/4 & a Fuji X-T1 with the 50-140 f/2.8. All the shots attached here were taken with the Sony. It was a wide angle lens day!
Hayeswater Gill, Lake District, UK.
Looking down the track that leads up Hayeswater Gill from the carpark at Hartsop. You have to get there early for a space, but I guess that applies to most places in the Lake District.

Fell running in the Lake District, UK.
A fell runner descending The Knott and heading towards High Street. Thankfully Barney resisted the urge to chase him! The amount of detail the Sony A7rii is picking up on that stone track with the 16-35 lens is incredible. I just wish it was as weatherproof as the Fuji X-T1 I also carry. If it was, it would nearly be the perfect camera. Hopefully the A7riii will be!

Hiking in the Lake District, UK.
A hiker, Rebecca, making their way to towards High Street & Mardale Ill Bell. For some reason, we took the trail to the right instead of the left. If we’d taken the left one there’d have been some lovely views of Haweswater & Blea Water. Like this shot of Rebecca descending towards Blea Water.

Hiking in the Lake District, UK.
Here we are hiking through the boulder field that’s halfway along Pasture Beck and not long before we’re back at the car and the 1.5 hour drive home again! Worth every minute of it!

Hiker on Littledale Edge in the Lake District

Hiker descending Robinson along Littledale Edge in the Lake District.