The Road to Nowhere – Lake District

Certain places that you visit stick in your mind forever, Ennerdale Water in the Lake District is one of these rare places. Its immense, quiet and has that inhospitable beauty that only truly wild glacial lakes have. It’s surrounded by huge peaks contrasted with lush woodland, the perfect place for wild camping. There was even chance of a huge wild brown trout from the crystal clear water.

I think no mater how bloated and obese a man becomes pushing pencils round a desk all week, there is always a primeval part of a man’s brain that simply wants to go back out into the wild and just survive for a few days. I always feel a boyish excitement building for weeks before big trips like this one. It’s such a simple pleasure, just being out camping making a fire, keeping warm, keeping dry. In this situation the fishing really does become secondary. Sharing a trip like this with someone like Jamie is even better, a proper boy’s own adventure.

We had wanted to fly fish at Ennerdale for months and months, but when we arrived we just sat and stared at the water for hours. We did wet a line after a few hours but I was more fulfilled just sitting by the water taking in the stunning landscape in front of me. Jamie, I think, shared my sentiment. There are very few places which have had this effect on me. We did eventually get bored, however, drink a box of wine and set a branch on fire, the Ennerdale trout were safe on this trip.

 

Oh hey there…

Completely natural pose on a little island on Derwent Water.

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Lake District Pike Fishing Trip / Romantic Valentines Day Break

Just got off the internet after booking a couple of days in February at the Hawksmoor Guest House in Windermere. I am taking Chief Editor of the blog Caitlin Rowland’s for the romantic trip of her life. Dont worry, I know office relationships can be complicated but because she works for me its fine. Any hows, we are going for a days pike fishing as part of our romantic getaway, probably on Grasmere Lake for a bit of shore fishing. I do love pike fishing from a boat and I have had some cracking pike using this method but the last thing I want to be doing in February is sitting in a shitty little boat freezing my bollocks off. Actually, I wouldn’t mind doing that so much, but when my missus bollocks get cold she gets a bit moany. I really cant wait to get to the Lake District and catch some monster pike. If anyone has any good tips for my first lake district trip drop us a comment. Cheers

Literally cannot wait

Literally cannot wait

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