Allan Tarn, High Nibthwaite & Coniston Water.
Lake District, Cumbria, UK.
It's not often a view in the Lake District takes me by surprise as I've been fell-walking since the age of 10 and thought I knew just about every decent view there was in the area, but I was wrong!
This view from my hike today took my breath away unexpectedly.
I was planning a sunset shot from the nearby Top o'Selside which I've climbed a few times previously, but thought I'd try a different ascent from High Nibthwaite which I'd never attempted before. On the map it looked a bit hit-&-miss in terms of rough terrain, but there was actually a nice pathway leading up the fellside. When I reached the top of the first hillock, Brock Barrow, I couldn't believe the view that opened out in front of me.
In this vista, to the right is the very southern tip of Coniston Water. It's outflow, the River Crake, can be seen flowing a few hundred yards downstream before soon forming the small circular dub of Allan Tarn. The village of High Nibthwaite, from where I ascended, can also be seen below.
Even though it was nowhere near sunset, the light was incredible. I loved the contrast between the sunlit pastures and foreboding backdrop of outlying fells.
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