Photos 2017: Cumbria

In August we stayed for a week in Cockermouth, on the edge of the Lake District. We felt a particular affinity with this small town that has been hit so hard by flooding in recent years.

Ullswater, with rocks in the foreground


A fast-flowing stream over rocks

Comb Beck, Buttermere: fast shutter speed to freeze the motion of the water

Buttermere with a fallen tree in the foreground

Buttermere: we walked round the lake one afternoon

Herdwick sheep

Herdwick sheep near Ashness

Miriam and Martin looking over Derwentwater

Surprise View, at the southern end of Derwentwater

Flights of steps up a hillside

The steps at Aira Force reminded me of the books of mazes Martin had when he was small

Horses by a gate in a field

Horses in a field near Dockray: they were attracted by the unlikely sound of Bhangra music playing in a nearby car

Martin and Miriam on a wooden footbridge

On a footbridge at High Force

Flatfish at Maryport Aquarium

Flatfish at Maryport Aquarium

Martin viewed through a water tank

Martin viewed through a water tank at Maryport Aquarium

Sunshine reflected off sea and wet sand

On the beach at St Bees

Aerial view of a beach

Looking down on the beach at St Bees

Cliffs, eroded rocks and seaweed

On the beach at Fleswick Bay, reached via a clifftop walk from St Bees

Confluence of two rivers

Confluence of the rivers Cocker and Derwent at Cockermouth

View over a river

View of the River Derwent from our house in Cockermouth: the wall forms part of the town’s flood defences