For my part, I travel not to go anywhere, but to go. I travel for travel's sake. The great affair is to move. ROBERT LOUIS STEVENSON

Friday, 27 July 2012

Mountain And Estuary

This is Great Langdale, one of the most impressive, stunningly beautiful valleys in the Lake District. On the distant mountain horizon you can see Crinkle Crags (left) and Bowfell (right), separated by a broad col; the two lumpy and rocky peaks on the far right of the photo are Pike of Stickle and Harrison Stickle, two of the Langdale Pikes. With the exception of Crinkle Crags (how about it, Dominic?), I have climbed all these fells at one time or another. 

My sister-in-law beachcombing the western shore of Morecambe Bay.

Fossilised horn coral we found on the beach near Aldingham. 

Figure in an edgescape. Evening light on Morecambe Bay. Farewell Furness, farewell Lakeland, farewell mountain stream and flooding estuary, farewell bird, beast and flower, rock, stone and cairn — but I will be back.

8 comments:

Caroline Gill said...

The horn coral is extraordinary. It reminded me on first sight of a fossilised alligator!

The Weaver of Grass said...

Beautiful scenery Robert. The farmer's wife in me sees that the fields have been silaged so they must have had a bit of fine weather.

Ruth said...

Just stunning. I have not been to the Lake District, but I have been to Killarney in southwest Ireland, which this reminds me of, the mountains anyway. Though you've had overmuch rain, your lush green is a sight for sore eyes, after our deep drought here. Thankfully we've seen rain at last, and the grass is beginning to green up again and not crunch when you walk on it.

Suman said...

Such sublime scenery! One could turn poet just by staring at it, no wonder Wordsworth did.

George said...

Great Langdale is stunningly beautiful. Now that's where I want to settle—smack dab in the middle of that green valley!

Goat said...

Yes, I can see why you'll be heading back. That valley is fabulous, as are the beaches, churches and walls you've been revealing of late. I just saw a smattering of the "rural Britain" featured in the Olympic opening ceremony, but I think your version is a tad more tranquil, and authentic.

Kiwi Nomad 2008 said...

Robert, what a lot of wonderful wild places you have been visiting in my 'absence' from reading blogs. I never walked the Geneva route this time, but I remain inspired by your walk there, and maybe in a few more years...
Margaret

The Solitary Walker said...

Thanks Caroline, Pat, Ruth, Suman and George for your comments.

That Olympic opening ceremony was quite a spectacle, wasn't it, Goat?

Hi Margaret! I walked some of the Le Puy route again in May. i think you may find our paths very nearly crossed...