Back in the North

The Surprise View, Lake District, UK

Welcome to my blog. I have decided to share with you my experiences and photos from the Northern England and beyond. I am based in Cheshire which means having three amazing National Parks within easy reach, as well as being an hour’s flight away from Ireland and a mere three hours on the train from the major Scottish cities. I first came to live here 10 years ago, but then moved down south following a career change. In late 2018 I was offered a job here and decided to relocate again. Everything is familiar and strange at the same time. What has not, however, changed, is the stunning beauty of the local landscapes. I missed them badly, while living half way between Portsmouth and London.

I tend to holiday where I can make good use of my camera. That means choosing destinations wisely, and travelling independently. This year I have Ireland in plans (May), the Isle of Skye (August), as well as a mysterious corner of Spain known as The Basque Country (September). I am also very keen on visiting the Peak District again. I went there for Easter 2018 and apart from heavy snow on Easter Monday it was a great trip – hence the header photograph on this blog, taken from the summit of Mam Tor. I also want to climb Snowdon this year, taking the Crib Goch route this time. Luckily, no need to travel for hours from London anymore, because I am already here!

One of the first places I really wanted to visit after relocating from the south was Keswick in the Lakes. I have fond memories of Cumbria, which was once my home. Keswick proved to be as charming as ever; a bustling mecca for hikers, climbers, ramblers, dog lovers…you name it. It was a sunny, crisp winter day, the lake was still partially frozen and the mountains seemed to be sprinkled with icing sugar. Regrettably I left my camera at home so I ended up taking photos on my iPhone. Lazy Kat…