The Ambassadors of Nature

We were walking in the wild part of a forest when we met a woman at a crossroad. She asked for directions and soon we fell into conversation about walks, nature and places.

She’d just finished an outstanding week’s holiday in England. An English friend had introduced her to The Lake District. Let me put it this way: The Lake District had got one more ambassador.

London is the only place I have visited in England. But one of my favorite books as a child was The Swallows and the Amazons by Arthur Ransome.

A few years ago I learned by chance that the stories weren’t only fiction, but some part had their origins in reality. Windermere and Coniston Water in Lake District were the focal point.

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George Kitching owns Lakeland Walking Tales. If you miss inspiration for an exciting hike in The Lake District, then you will not go in vain on Lakeland Walking Tales

Mei shows her love for photography, travel, and hiking through her blog: Mei Photo Images. Jewels Of The English Lake District is a wonderful tribute to The Lake District.

Mike never miss a chance to go for a walk including glacier walking depending on what country he is in. Luckily, I can show you excellent pictures of Lake Windermere because Mike’s wife, Jude, loves sailing. Mike calls his blog: A Little Bit Out of Focus.

Steve Foster takes us around Buttermere Lake. Another wonderful place in Lake District. Steve calls his blog: Treks and Tors.

Take pleasure in finding your own paths and leave only your footprints behind.
Happy walks 😍

Nature has many dramatic expressions from wonderfully mild summer weather to storm and thunder that roars between the mountain walls. I chose these lovely paintings on Wikimedia. Details coming up soon!

‘Coniston Water’ by Painter and illustrator, Harold Sutton Palmer.
Pearson C. – Watercolor – Landscape in the Lakes district 1867
Julius Caesar Ibbetson Lake Windermere Google Art Project
Grasmere Lake.
Alfred de Bréanski Snr. – Borrowdale
Skiddaw from Derwentwater by Richard Corbould
Henry Clarence Whaite Mountain mist, sun rise (Lake District)

Note

“Swallows and Amazons is a series of children’s books by the English writer Arthur Ransome. The series is named after the title of the first book in the series. The 12 books are about the adventures by groups of children during school holidays. Events mostly take place in England and Scotland between the World War I and World War II. The stories usually are about outdoor activities, especially camping, fishing and sailing.” * Wikipedia

24 thoughts on “The Ambassadors of Nature

  1. I have hiked around Windermere and Coniston Water – truly a wonderful place. Perhaps once the lockdown is over, we should go there again to recover from the winter and ban on travel. Thank you Hanna.

    • You are most welcome. I hope you will have a wonderful walk in the Lake District very soon ❤
      All the best,
      Hanna

    • I’m sorry to hear that!!! But I know a good cure that I’ve used once. Plan an unsurpassed walk.
      Make new research as if you had never been to the Lake District.
      Work on the planning, as Robert MacFarlane (Mountains of the Mind) would do.
      Make an effort with small detours, and give yourself plenty of time. Both for planning and for your walk.
      All the best,
      Hanna

  2. Thank you Hanna for the mention. Really happy if Jewels of the English Lake District should resonate with others. Nature can do with more ambassadors for sure. Beautiful paintings you have selected. Transports me right to the Lake District 🙂

    • You’re welcome, Mei. It is a pleasure to receive your posts. I’m happy to learn that I transported you for a walk to the Lake District 😊

  3. I can confirm what a very beautiful part of the world it is, Hanna, though I doubt I have corroboration on my blog. Some happy memories though, back in time. I will try to find a few minutes to visit your recommends… for old times sake 🙂 🙂

    • Hi Jo. I have not been there myself. But I sense a unique environment surrounded by beautiful varied nature.
      I love hot summer days at the beach or at sea, as much as the cool clear days. Not to mention snow 😍😊

  4. Thank you for the plug. Very pleased to hear the Lake District has another ambassador. As always, you have a wonderful eye for a great painting.

    • Thanks for that, George. I always find great pleasure in your poetic pictures.
      I became inspired by the Lakeland Walker celebrating its 25th anniversary and I listened to the Evenings on BBC Radio Cumbria. I enjoyed the nice program.
      Well that made me remember the woman who ‘became an ambassador’ for the Lake District. And so it went on with the search of paintings from the Lake District in the absence of my own pictures.

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