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Derwent Island and Cat Bells by Rich Gale

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Taken at sunrise on a very icy morning, it was a full time job just trying to keep my filter clear. The hill is Cat Bell’s probably the most popular hiking hill in the lake district you can usually see the procession of people walking to the summit on most days, but not today at fist light!!!!.
The Island is Derwent island and has a long history, in Elizabethan times(1500) it was occupied by the German miners who lived there for there own safety I think the local land owners were none to happy about the Queen and these mining companies taking all there precious minerals.
In 1770 Joseph Pocklington purchased Derwent Island for £300, known as King Pocky he built the boat house you can see in the shape of a nonconformist chapel with bell tower, there is also a large house in the centre of the island but it obscured from view by the trees. He got his nick name for organising mock battles on the lake.


  • Stuart Chapman
    Stuart Chapmanabout 6 years ago

    That light across the snow capped peaks is perfect Rich. This has a really early morning winterey feel captured so well. The cool tones make me glad i’m warm and indoors as you can feel how cold it must have been. The reflections are sublime and I like the smallest of mists rising up off the water.

  • Thanks Stuart.

    – Rich Gale

  • Michael Oubridge
    Michael Oubridgeabout 6 years ago

    Beautiful Rich, how is your weather this morning?

  • Michael, well its wet and raining at the momment no snow for us :-(.

    – Rich Gale

  • Michael Oubridge
    Michael Oubridgeabout 6 years ago

    LOL It is bleaching down here in Blyth, it was heavy rain at 6am, that washed all the salt off the roads now it is settling beautifully.

  • joak
    joakabout 6 years ago

    fantastic shot rich and magic story love it

  • Thanks Joak, our other Island Lords also had a manor house on it but was burned down by those terrible English :-) in the 1700, as James Radcliffe was the Earl of Derwentwater and a Jacobite, he was excuted in 1716.

    – Rich Gale

  • Honor Kyne
    Honor Kyneabout 6 years ago

    Stunning capture :)) Just beautiful :D

  • Thanks Honor.

    – Rich Gale

  • melynda blosser
    melynda blosserabout 6 years ago

    very beautiful my friend,

  • thanks very much.

    – Rich Gale

  • Susan Dailey
    Susan Daileyabout 6 years ago


  • cheers Susan

    – Rich Gale

  • helmutk
    helmutkabout 6 years ago

    Lovely capture !

  • thanks Helmutk.

    – Rich Gale

  • dinghysailor1
    dinghysailor1about 6 years ago

    …what stu says… ditto.. superlative capture

  • thanks Maggie.

    – Rich Gale

  • PigleT
    PigleTabout 6 years ago

    Most excellent – love the light on Catbells. :)

  • Thanks Pigle

    – Rich Gale

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