Packhorse Bridge to Fairyland

We began our journey to Fairyland in Keswick (KEZ-ick) in the North Lake District. This is how the world looked out of our hotel window when we awoke. Not very auspicious when it rained on and off all day the day before and then here all that sogginess is again. But then again, the misty mountains look otherworldly. What awaits us in those hills?

Downtown Keswick’s Market Square (as seen from our room in the Queens Hotel). It’s morning, but lights are still on.

I thought this was a church, but it’s actually Moot Hall, which houses the visitors’ center, among other things. We didn’t stop inside, because time was short and we knew exactly where we were headed, thanks to “Abby,” our sat nav. Do you see that tunnel between the two buildings on the right? We walked through it to get to our car, which would take us to the Ashness Packhorse Bridge just a few miles south of town. If you’re thinking of making the trip, take the B5289, then follow the sign to “Ashness Bridge” and “Watendlath.” The bridge is located about half a mile up a rather narrow road from the B5289 turnoff.

We parked in a small lot just past the bridge. Even before leaving the parking lot, I liked what I saw. If you look really closely, you can see a small, red building. If you can’t see it, then just look below.

How pretty is that? It looks like a watercolor painting, which actually seems pretty appropriate given the amount of rain.

As we walked back down the road, we could just see the top curve of the packhorse bridge.

This cottage sits just above the bridge. It could only have been more charming if smoke had been curling out of the chimney.

I took this photo standing on top of the bridge, looking up stream.

And then down stream. You can just make out Derwentwater Lake off in the distance.

And here is Ashness Packhorse Bridge.

If you follow that couple up the road just a bit more, like we did, then you’ll find Fairyland.

I’m sure I saw a fairy, if only for a second.


About satnavandcider

An American expat living in England, exploring the United Kingdom and Europe through five senses and a camera lens.
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12 Responses to Packhorse Bridge to Fairyland

  1. these photos really do make it look like a fairyland! The hills in the top photos are surreal. Beautiful!

  2. avian101 says:

    Very nice post! 🙂

  3. I love every single photos here especially the Ashness Packhorse Bridge. Simply stunning!

  4. Gunta says:

    Lovely and so green…

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  6. leiah says:

    I like the market square and church photos. They look fake (in a good way). I can see them being a puzzle or something…

    • We said that a lot during this last trip. “The grass is so green. It looks fake.” And the red mountains, and the mist, and the mulit-colored slate, and….
      And now that you mention it, I could see those pictures as puzzles, too! 🙂

  7. Incredible pictures- aptly named Fairyland! 🙂

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