Cumbria in December

My lady & I have just had a week of good food, long walks & breath taking scenery. Last Friday we took a 3 hour drive North, in the dark & some how managed to find the little cottage that would be our new home for the week down a little farm track.

When we woke up the next day we were greeted by some great weather, mountains, trees & more spray painted sheep than we’ve ever seen. We were staying in a small Cumbrian village called Pooley Bridge situated at Ullswater — the second largest lake in the Lake District. The pace of life up there is really laid back, to put that into perspective they have a steam boat instead of a bus.

Each day armed with our cameras & a child like sense of wonder, we explored the surrounding area —  climbing mountains, rescuing sheep from traffic, making friends with old men called Mike in tea rooms & feeding deer peanuts from our hands. Then returning to our awesome cottage with the bathtub in the bedroom — awesome.

Cumbria in December - Cumbria - 5 - 1 Photographed by Rick Nunn
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Always 'gramin', erry day.

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I did a bunch of long exposures to make David a.k.a Flixelpix proud! 

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Finding a rope swing on the shoreline was literally one of the highlights of the trip. 

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We made time to have dinner at the world renowned Sharrow Bay — it was an amazing experience.

"Sharrow Bay celebrates the culinary heritage of the North of England with exceptional cuisine prepared with passion and flair. Focusing on the provenance of food using ingredients sourced from local suppliers, diners are treated to a unique gourmet experience."

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Building a log fire every day makes you feel pretty manly! I liked it.

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It was possibly our best adventure to date. Cumbria — we will be back for you.

Comments

  • Looks really beautiful there! Great shots.

  • Santos

    Fantastic palce.

  • I missed the first line of the tweet – and it sounded/looked so wrong! #cantunseethehorror

  • beautiful photos though chap! :)

  • zip

    How did you ‘touch’ the photos to look so good? Which image editing software did you use? These look fantastic!

  • Fantastic photos of a fantastic location. It looks like a great trip.

  • Love the photos, must have been an amazing time.

  • I just pressed the awesome button in Photoshop & Aperture.

  • Thanks David, it was so good to get away from it all.

  • lovely

  • GaryDChapman

    Great set of images, looks like you had an awsome time! I love the Lake District, everytime you go back you’ve forgotten that this country has places like it.

  • your palette is absolutely gorgeous as usual.

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  • Derek

    Great photos as usu. When ever I travel I struggle to decide what and how much gear I should take with me?
    I’m wondering, what kind of gear do you take when you travel?

  • Thanks Derek.

    It really depends where I am going, for how long and how much I’ll be walking around with my gear. I’ve got really good at packing a very small kit. Which generally consists of:

    * Canon 5D Mk 3
    * Canon 50mm 1.4
    * Canon 135mm 2.0
    * Canon 600EX-RT
    * Canon ST-E3
    * Westcott Collapsable Umbrella
    * Velbon UT 43D II (Amazing tiny tripod which I double up as a light stand when I need to)

    I can do 90% of the things I want to do with just those bits and anything else I can fit in is a bonus!