Warnscale Bothy

Warnscale Bothy with Buttermere and Crummock Water, August 2013

For a while I’d been aware of this old mining hut, now a “bothy” where walkers can shelter or stay overnight, but I only knew very roughly where it must be. In fact I was pretty frustrated I’d never found it, so before this trip up to the Lakes I’d pored through walking guides and Google maps and was pretty certain I’d tracked it down.

After arriving in Borrowdale late in the evening, I woke up to “perfect” Lake District weather – ie a real mixture of everything – and decided to head off in search of it. And as it turned out, I quickly spotted it from the top of Fleetwith Pike. It was easy to reach, the weather was just what I wanted, and I had it all to myself. The only thing is, when you’re near somewhere for a couple of weeks, is it a great idea to head immediately for the place you most want to photograph? I’ll just have to go back for more.