Last weekend in May in the Lake District with friends: it would be reasonable to assume fine weather but of course this is a public holiday weekend so it wasn't a surprise that we found the rain clouds looming when we hiked up Lattrigg to have a first view of Derwentwater, Borrowdale, Bassenthwaite and the Helvellyn range.


We stayed at lake level on Saturday for a circuit of Buttermere: Coomb Beck was tumbling in full spate down Buttermere Fell.

Sunday started wet but cleared for a windy hike up Place Fell (657m); we enjoyed great views of the steamer “Lady of the Lake” far below on Ullswater, passing Norfolk Island on its way to the pier at Genridding; also the Pennines and the south side of the Helvellyn range.

And we enjoyed the fine orchards and herb garden on Acorn Bank (National Trust) on the holiday Monday before travelling home.