I spent the first week of September staying with friends at a large holiday cottage in Ennerdale on the western edge of the Lake District.

Ennerdale is an area many tourists to the Lake District never visit, away from the main centres and rather isolated, particularly because there is no road though it. The nearest town of any real size is Whitehaven. You can cycle along some distance, but have to come back the same way and the only way to go through is on foot, and walkers do pass particulary those on Wainwright’s coast to coast walk. There are a couple of car parks near to the lake from which you can walk.

Ennerdale is being deliberately ‘re-wilded’, though given the large forestry plantations around it, it will not revert to its previous state. But it does mean it is not being developed for tourism like some other parts of the Lakes, though walkers are welcome and there are two youth hostels up the valley. It is also under threat by the nuclear industry which is the largest employer in the area, based at Sellafield, with offices in Whitehaven who see it as a suitable place to set up a radioactive waste facility or GDF (geological disposal facility). Cumbria, the county council turned this down in 2013 but it still remains likely.

I took two Fuji cameras with me to Ennerdale, the X-T1 and X-E3, along with several lenses including the Fuji 10-24mm and 18-135mm and a Samyang 8mm fisheye. They performed well, though I did need the five batteries I had with me on several days, and it was sometimes tricky to recharge them all for the next day. Even if you don’t take many pictures, the batteries still run down, and I never managed anything approaching the quoted battery life on either camera.

I’ve written about the various places I photographed on My London Diary and will simply list the different stories here. There are many more pictures with the posts there.

Ennerdale Holiday
Ennerdale arrival
Ennerdale Bridge

Cleator Moor

Walking round Ennerdale Water
A Lakeland Drive
Crag Fell
Penrith Castle


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