Saturday 7 July 2012

Gorge walking

Over the past few weeks, I've been spending some time up in the beautiful English Lake District, helping my eldest son to move out of his university accommodation.

Of course, it wasn't all work and one fine afternoon, Mark suggested we head over to Rydal Beck and try a little gorge walking.

What an inspired suggestion!

After days of rain, the tree lined beck was full; water surging down the narrow gullies and pouring over the waterfalls. It was a perfect day for scrambling over slippery rocks and throwing ourselves into deep pools.

The Lower Pool:

Mark springing from the bridge handrail

Ben flinging himself off the rock.

My turn.

Then, it was up the gorge, eventually arriving at the biggest jump. 

Interesting to see the different methods we use to silence the 'Are you crazy? I'm not doing that!" voices in our head.

(49 seconds)

...and you have no idea how long I stood at the top!!!

After a short absence, I'm delighted to be linking this to Jenny Matlock's Alphabe-Thursday, where the letter of the week is 'G'.


  1. Okay - this is about as far from my image of the bucolic Lake District as you can get! It looks more like Squamish, BC than the rolling hills I always imagine over your way.
    You are brave!

  2. Whoa! You're braver than I will ever be!! Beautiful photos!

  3. OMG! I can't believe you actually did that! I could NEVER! Of course you had to show your boys that you were as brave as they! That scenery is just beautiful!!!

  4. Your'e a braver soul then I would ever be. No way, not me, would have been my response. I would have been the one staying back with the camera.

  5. looks like fun!
    I see that you all are wearing wet suits AND helmets!
    I love the wild screaming of your jump! exhilarating!

  6. Wow ! that looks dangerous ! nothing for me !

  7. This was fun to read and see "H"! I know I wouldn't be able to jump from that ledge. Brava for your courage!

  8. Be careful out there! Looks like fun, but I doubt I could do it. I won't even dive in a swimming pool.

  9. I once watched army cadets doing that kind of jump at Devil's Bridge in Kirkby Londsdale. It looked absolutely terrifying and one poor lad stood for ages before he could pluck up the courage. He was the last to jump and all the rest had done it. His instructor was yelling at him to jump. A crowd was watching from the bridge and finally - he jumped. He really had no alternative in front of us all and his face was a study when he surfaced. So proud of himself. And we all cheered him.

  10. Well done you. Looks great fun, if a bit mad!

  11. You are so brave! That water looks freezing! I'm glad you have a helmet! I kind of got an adrenal rush watching this!

    I am all fired up about watching this!

    I love that you live your life so grandly!


    Neat, neat, neat, neat post and video clip!


    PS. I would be screaming wayyyy louder than that!