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Well like the title says - anyone interested in having a meet up in the Lake District - and anyone got any suggestions as to the where? I'm thinking something animaly/birdy - so a wildlife centre/park/zoo or some stretch of wildland somewhere? I ask since I am still new to the area and havn't got any idea where anything is.
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If the dates are right, I would love to be able to come along.
try barrow-in-furness ,we are on a peninsular down the end is the town you can over look the ship yard with a nuke sub in view ,at dalton four miles back there is the southlakes zoo you get very close to the animals ,there are views up to the lakedistrict from roanhead on the side of the duddon estuary on the opposite side is Morecambe bay lots of sea birds as you come off the m6 there is salmon jumping on the river kent by levens park they have bagots goats and deer more than can be seen in a day or week come and have a look
Could be up for this depending on dates
Going to the lakes to take photos of a zoo is a bit like going to the grand canyon to take photos of flowers... missing the point a bit
I was up there a week ago and we went down to the furness peninsula - it's nice, we looked into Broughton on Furness and the Duddon peninsual etc. but if you're after getting the most from the lakes, I'd be heading inland to Borrowdale/Wasdale/Langdale etc. as that's where you get the dramatic scenery.
For animals, there is a zoo as mentioned, I think there's some nice birdy places around carnfoth/morcambe area too. Martin Mere is quite famous and Chester Zoo is huge from what I can remember.
There's Settle Falconry Centre too, surprisingly, near Settle. I agree with Ade though.
The best weekends I've done in the lakes are:-
B&B or YHA in Ambleside or Keswick (as they have lots of pubs and options for night activities)
Pick locations in 2-3 different valleys so you can move between them if the weather is really bad in one - sometimes going over a pass gives you a new climate!
Be flexible and don't go in huge groups if you can help it - if you go in small packs of 3/4 in one car, then you can pull over on to verges and park easily for those shots you see as you're moving. if you're in convoy, you can't really do that.
If you really are keen to go in convoy, there are parking costs to take into account, and lots of people taking the same shot as each other - which isn't a problem, but the site will suffere the following week
Take some food out with you - if you head out to Wrynose pass or other remote parts, you'll be nowhere near a shop for ages.
everyone operates in different ways - I'm sure many hardcore lakes togs set off from 1 spot and walk the whole day on the tops of the hills and only come down in the dark. I'm too unfit for that, and my kit bag too heavy, so tend to drive up passes then do mini walks to things - I find I get more variety in the day (though I did post about 5 shots of Blea Tarn last week!)
Looks like I killed this thread - here's a "bump" for it
Some good info Ade, thanks for that, i know a couple of us are planning a Lakes trip, for the Autumn colour in the next couple of weeks.
It's good to get around a bit Steve
you've got lush, green areas around Windermere and harsh craggy areas around the passes - so much to see and capture - but you need to travel around a bit
Wasdale is really nice but it's a hell of a drive from most of the lakes as there's no pass to it, it's just a dead end.
but it's the most scenic with Bowfell and Scafell in the distance
There is RSPB Leighton Moss near to Carnforth(As mentioned by Ade).
Hopefully calling in there for a few hours on the way back from Dumfries & Galloway, a week on Thursday
I don't think I'll be able to make it but if you're looking for Autumn colour check out the Forestry Commission web site for an update on the best locations.
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