Through the Viewfinder
And What Alice Found There
To me, Grasmere is the heart of the Lake District and not just because of its geographical location. It's your typical lakeland village bringing together all the elements of the National Park in one place - a friendly local community, homemade delicacies, impressive mountains peaks, quiet country roads, and of course the lake that shares the name Grasmere. Whenever I visit this beautiful corner of the Earth I feel really lucky to live so close by and it's somewhere that I'd love to spend more time. For such a small village there's loads to do, so here's my top tips for having a grand day out in Grasmere...
After a busy March trying to settle in to my new job, Easter Bank Holiday weekend couldn’t come soon enough! I needed to get away from desks, computers and all things digital to clear my head, and what better place to do that than Wasdale!
The Lake District is an amazing place and it’s great to get tourists here and see so many people enjoying this lovely corner of the world, but sometimes the crowds just get too much, especially over bank holidays. It’s times like these that everyone needs a little secret haven to escape to – one that you know will be quiet no matter what time of year it is. So for this reason I turned to Wasdale. It’s a beautiful valley in the west of Cumbria, home to England’s tallest mountain and deepest lake, with so many lovely places to explore that you could stay here for weeks and still not run out of things to do! With only one dead-end road running along the lake shore leading to the small community of Wasdale Head, surrounded by huge mountains, thick woodland, and more sheep than human beings, it’s somewhere that’s managed to escape too much modernisation and has a really nice rural feel to it. It’s true that people flock here to climb Scafell Pike but despite that, the valley remains relatively quiet in comparison to other hotspots such as Windermere or Keswick, which are always packed out during the holiday season!
So instead of a relaxing Easter weekend at home with my feet up, Greg and I did the total opposite! We took the chance to have four days of exploring wonderful Wasdale, got back into the swing of hiking again after a short break, and ticked off some top things on our ‘to do’ list. Here’s our suggestions on how to make the most of your stay in Wasdale…
So finally, 4 months after first posting a trailer for my USA film, the finished video is here! Various things have got in the way of me making this film sooner and after months of playing catch up on the massive backlog of editing that had built up for me, I have eventually caught up and found some time to return to my film.
I've been making short films of my travels since I went trekking through the Amazon jungle in 2012. I find it's a great way to show people photos and videos without them getting too bored, and also helps me to relive the experience once I'm back home again.
Most of my films are only around 5-10 minutes long but because we did so much and visited so many different places while in the USA this film is considerably longer. It's 20 minutes long which to some people might seem like a really long time to watch a video of somebody else's travels but honestly, if you are at all interested in travelling, ever thinking of visiting the USA, enjoy some classic American tunes, or just like looking at nice photos then I urge you to try and watch the entire video (and I'm not just saying that because I made it)! There's photos and video clips in this film that I haven't shared before and I've put them to music that not only fits in with the places we visited, but also helps to create an atmosphere where you can really delve in and imagine how Route 66 might have felt back in it's heyday.
As most of you will know (or any of you that read my USA blog posts) this trip really was a dream come true and a once in a lifetime experience. Driving along the iconic Route 66 that so many people long to see with their own eyes was so incredible that I had to keep pinching myself to check it was real! We visited so many places that I never thought I would get the chance to see, and had so many wonderful experiences that looking back at this video actually brings a tear to my eye. What I would give to be back there, living the dream and being the happiest I've felt in a long time...
So (drumroll please)....the final video is below!
Congratulations to anyone who made it through to the end - I hope you enjoyed it!
Keep your eyes peeled for my next adventure across the globe, hopefully coming soon...