Our destination today in the Lake District was the spectacular Honister Pass between Borrowdale and Buttermere.
After some breakfast at the lodge, we made our way out into the Lake District.
We were hoping for another great day after visiting Lake Windermere yesterday.
The journey up to Keswick took about 90 minutes from our lodge. Unfortunately we could not see much of the scenery on the way as it was quite misty.
After eventually parking we took a stroll round this historic market town. The main street is full of traditional shops and cafes.
The town is home to the impressive Moot Hall and its clock. The hall traces its history back to medieval times where it was a courthouse. Over the years it has also served as a store house.
The present structure was built in the 19th century and a tourist information centre is now based here.
Leaving Keswick behind we made our way south alongside Derwentwater towards the Honister Pass.
This is one of the Lake Districts most famous lakes. It is three miles long and one mile wide.
Just uphill and off the main road we drove to a location know as the ‘Surprise View’. This viewpoint gives amazing views of the surrounding mountains and the lake. That is apart from foggy days, like today.
On the way back to the main road we drove over Ashness Bridge, a small stone bridge across a river.
Not long after leaving Derwentwater we arrived at the village of Buttermere. This village marks the start of the famous Honister Pass.
The Honister Pass connects the Buttermere Valley and rises to over 1,000 feet in height at the summit. It is one of the highest passes in the Lake District.
Not long after passing the summit we stopped in a lay-by to get a photo of the landscape. We didn’t realise that the wind was so strong. When my father-in-law opened the door, it nearly blew off in the wind. Then I nearly repeated the same mistake.
After descending into the village of Buttermere we stopped for a quick refreshment in the Bridge Hotel. The cream scones with rum butter were delicious.
Despite the misty weather we enjoyed driving over the Honister Pass. We thought the scenery was so spectacular.
Honister Pass to Castlerigg Stone Circle
From the Honister Pass we made our way to Castlerigg Stone Circle.
Not much is known about this historic stoke circle apart from it was built in 3,000 BC.
There are a ring of 38 stones surrounded by the mountains of the Lake District. This gave us a sensational view.
We thought that Castlerigg Stone Circle has to be one of the most impressive monuments we had seen.
This was the final stop of the day for us and we made our return to our lodge in Grange-over-Sands.
The weather really didn’t affect our day, but we are hoping for a sunnier day as we head to the Hardknott Pass tomorrow.