last week i was up in cumbria with work catching up on plans for the northern centre for pioneering mission that we are developing in partnership with the diocese of carlisle. i stayed on for the weekend and jen came up and joined me to explore a bit round ullswater. we have never stayed in the lake district on holiday - not sure why! it was end of january so we expected the weather not to be brilliant. but we managed three walks...
the first was fri afternoon and a walk up aira force which was ideal when you haven't got much time.
day two and we started with a parkrun in penrith. by the time we got out and about after that, the rain did not want to stop so we donned waterproofs and went for an envigorating walk from glenridding up the valley. another time i'd love to go back and walk up to helvellyn but this was not the day for that. the day was capped with an amazing gig at kendal brewery arts to see fatoumata diawara.
day three we walked up to arthur's pike (ht derek!) which was stunning with views over ullswater. we donned waterproofs again but got lucky with the weather as whilst it threatened rain it stayed dry and we even had a glimpse or two of blue sky. day 1 and 2 photos ended up in black and white to capture the mood. but day 3 made it into colour. i have added an album ullswater here.