Alan Barrett Images | The Bigger Picture | The Lake District

In my twenties I went fell-walking in the Lakes almost every year. Sadly at that time I didn’t own a camera, so I have no images of the many high fells that I visited in those years. Fast-forward fifty years and I can no longer reach the peaks that I took for granted in my youth. However, there are many highly photogenic locations at the lower levels that do not require so much effort.

We managed to fit in one fortnight in 2021 staying a week in each of my favourite locations of Borrowdale and Langdale. We had more than our fair share of rain, not venturing out of our rented cottage for four days in succession. When eventually the deluge stopped, Derwent Water and all the other lakes were over their normal height and the becks running at full force.