16th February 2014

today's walk (Keswick rambling club): a circuit from Armathwaite in the Eden Valley


marvellous to see some sunshine here looking down on the River Eden


horses in the lane where we parked


the first gate below the Armathwaite bridge


snowdrops on the riverside track


ascending from the river into Coomb Wood


inspecting a sculpture at the spot where we had a coffee stop


close up of part of the sculpture relevant to walking


looking down on the River Eden from beside the sculpture


we leave Coomb Wood into sunshine and a short road walk


flood on the road just before we turn right


three donkeys looking at us over the roadside wall


two black swans in an area with several exotic birds


some of the stiles are quite awkward


the first lambs I've seen this spring


the sheep run off down the field as we approach - the fell behind here is the hump Blaze Fell


approaching the highest point of today's walk


heading for lunch at Ainstable church


the church from the west


descending westwards


the local red sandstone conspicuous in this stone wall


zooming in on some Lakeland fells


back on the banks of the River Eden


approaching the bridge at Armathwaite