We had come up to the Lake District for Christmas and were staying at the delightful Mouse House at Rowling End, with Cat Bells on the other side of Newlands. It was a perfect location for walking around the Derwent Fells and early on Christmas Eve I decided to investigate a little.
I came out of the house and walked down into the field, trying to avoid the waterlogged parts as much as possible before crossing the bridge over a raging Newlands Beck
and walking up the slope on the other side until I came to a road at the base of Cat Bells.
I turned right and followed the road and the river as they wound their way to Little Town, a most appropriately named town as it appears to consist of a farm and a few holiday homes. It is very much in the shadow of Cat Bells but I was being more drawn towards what it might lead to, a valley down between Red Knott and Hindscarth on one side and Eel Crags on the other.
It was like a landscape straight out of the Lord Of The Rings and I knew I had to walk down there, but for now I stayed on the road and followed it around a bend as it started to bring me back in the direction of the Mouse House along the road to Braithwaite.
Now my attention was grabbed by Rowling End as it towered above me and Causey Pike a bit further along.
In fact, at one point my attention was so grabbed as I took a photograph that the land rover hurtling along the road had to beep me to get out of the way because clearly his brakes were failing.
I came round a house which seemed to have been purposely built as a holiday home, and it did fit into the surroundings nicely, and continued to notice just how water there was about the place. The ground seems saturated, and that was just walking along the road. Very soon I was back at the Mouse House after a very pleasant walk, with plans for many more.
You can see more of my photographs from my walk here.