Road Trip #3 2017 – The Lake District…

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Not much has gone on in the way of photography/drone flying in my life since my last trip, I’ve been spending a lot of time working and trying to start a business part time, but i had a few days of free time and made a last minute decision to run away to the countryside… Time for a Lakes and Mountains fix even if only for a couple of nights!

A quick visit to www.pitchup.com got me 2 nights booked on a camp site in the lake district 5 Hours and 300 miles away from home…

Camping kit was thrown in the car the night before and I started heading North on Tuesday the 15th of August with a destination of Whinfell Hall Camp Site in the Lake District, 2 nights for £14, bargain!

200 Miles and a few hours down, we stop half way for Tea and Facilities…
Getting close now, the hills are getting bigger as we enter the Lake District National Park…

The journey went nicely, no real traffic to speak of and no drama, perfect… I arrived on site at about half past 4 in the afternoon and set up camp for what was going to be home for the next couple of days… Weather had been lovely all day…

Camp setup, home for the next 2 nights…
Bed, Chair, Table, Stove, Tea, Food and a Good Book… Perfect…

Even though still quite early, about half past 5, it had been a long day travelling so I decided to spend the first evening on camp to chill out…

Cooked up a super simple dinner (Spaghetti and Meatballs)
Tied my Milk off to some Paracord and put it in the stream next to me to keep it cool…
Tied my Milk off to some Paracord and put it in the stream next to me to keep it cool… Who needs a fridge…

That was it then, feet up, time to watch the sunset with a brew and read my book…

The back of my car makes a great foot rest…

And the theme of feet up, a good book and and tea continued through the evening until bed time… A day of exploring planned for the next day, camera charged, drone charged, fingers crossed for the weather…

Woke up to a bright morning, got some breakfast inside me, then made a plan to take the car off road across one of the green lanes nearby and to take some photos, got out of the tent to see this little guy, it was a good morning…

Apart from the green lane that i had spotted on Viewranger just around the corner from camp i had no real plan of where i was heading, but i always had GPS to get me back so no big deal, i’d also need to fill the car up and get some food at some point…

A nice little route, not so far from civilisation that you cant walk out if you have a problem, you need half decent tyres to get out of the little stream near the start though… If adventuring alone always think of safety, I always have my mobile, CB Radio, PLB, water, a stove, some tinned food, blankets etc just in case… Stay safe…
The views up here were pretty nice…
The views up here were pretty nice…
The views up here were pretty nice…

Sadly the weather started turning a bit at this point, the wind had picked up a lot and the clouds were rolling in, so no drone footage today… Time to head in to town and do some shopping and fill the car up… Drove up to Cockermouth, nice little town with a reasonable size supermarket for supplies, by now the weather was looking pretty grim so i decided it’d be another evening spent on camp avoiding some rain by the looks of things, I came away from some relaxation this time, not so much adventure…

Although being this close to the sea it would have been rude not to get the beach selfie… Not that it was much of a beach, but luckily I could drive straight on so I didnt get too wet and had a car to hold on to so that I didn’t get blown away!

I drove up to the harbour tip at Workington…
…and straight on to the beach…
…and then tried to avoid getting too wet, or blown away as it was very windy!

By the time I returned to camp the weather had got worse, gusting high winds, heavy rain, I was going to be spending the evening under shelter that was for sure… Got back and in to the tent, all zipped up out of the elements, cooked dinner, made tea, then it was an evening of feet up reading a book avoiding the elements and hoping that i’d pegged the tent down well enough…!

Always take 2 chairs, one to put your feet on…

It was pretty chilly in the tent but once my gas light was fired up and I had the stove on for a bit it soon warmed up… Always have to be mindful of Carbon Monoxide so these were not on for long… When will someone make a decent heater that runs off 12v…

The weather in the night was horrific, heavy rain, high gusting winds, I wasn’t going to get much sleep and had a long day of travel tomorrow, great… I had just managed to go to sleep and someones car alarm woke me up at 3am, I was less than impressed but still got a few hours, managed to get back to sleep and even though i woke up ridiculously early the weather had all gone and it was a beautiful sunny morning… I was all packed up and ready to go by 08:00 but decided to sit and drink a brew and wait until after 9 till I left…

From the worst weather i’ve experienced in a long time, to this the next morning, i’m already all packed up and ready to go by 08:00…

Turns out it was going to be a beautiful day, next stop on my travels was to visit my sister in Nottingham on the way back down 3hrs 45m and 200 miles away… I decide this was the only chance I would get to take any more photos and possibly fly the drone, so I decided to drive all the way down through the National Park, past Lake Windermere and then across to Nottingham…

My first stop on the way through the park… Time to get the drone out…

I stopped at this beautiful spot, there was an elevated pull over parking spot with views across the valley, perfect for a drone flight, so out came the DJI Mavic Pro, initialised and setup without any problems and we set off in to the valley to capture some video, all was going fine, flew around for a bit, then started getting some random battery errors and then panic set in as it disconnected itself while approx 100m in to the valley and an altitude of minus 60m from the take off point, if the drone decided to drop or land I would never see it again! Luckily I had confirmed the Return To Home point before flight as i always do, and even more so that the Mavic done what it was supposed to! Climbed to my set RTH altitude of 100m (being mindful of surrounding trees and mountain elevation etc) and flying back to the home point, even once hovering 5 meters away from me it refused to reconnect for quite a while, I was glad when i finally got it back on to the ground, that was it, no more drone flying on this trip, no internet or phone signal to attempt any firmware changes so I thought better to leave it in the bag, I also started wondering if i should have kept the Inspire One….!

I carried on driving down through the national park, and got a couple more photos and some video clips with my DSLR on the way down…

I got to just before Lake Windermere and realised just how tired i was from the lack of sleep the night before, luckily having a big car with sleeping bag onboard I just pulled over in a quiet lay-by and stuck my head down for a couple hours and woke up feeling much better, driving round Lake Windermere was awesome, i’ll definitely be going back there one day and going out on a boat! But for now it was time to press on to Nottingham… One more stop on the way to use facilities and make a brew, then I pushed on all the way arriving there about 16:30 in the afternoon… The night was spent having a good catchup with my sister, eating takeaway, then sleeping like a baby in a real bed…

Unfortunately due to the weather there isn’t many photos and even less video, but i did manage to put a little something together…

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