The Rannerdale valley is a pleasant walk even outside the famous bluebell season. It’s one of those gentle ascents to summit which is low but has lovely views from the top.
Go up a bit further and you can see three lakes: Buttermere and Loweswater as well as Crummock (OK, OK so actually none of them are “lakes”).
Initially there were seven people and seven dogs, but three latecomers and one dog jogged up to catch us. Even a non-doglover such as me will admit that all the dogs were well-behaved even though only the three labradors were working dogs.
It was pretty windy and cold but there was NO rain, the cloud was high so there were views, and the prospect of a decent lunch at the Wheatsheaf in Lorton is always a good thing. But before lunch John had to work up an appetite – by swimming in Buttermere WITHOUT a wetsuit!!!! Even the dogs had more sense than to join him.
Like Laetitia, I love swimming in tarns, lakes and rivers, but I do require to be slightly warmer before I remove my clothes out of doors. Perhaps I am just a wimp?