Article and photographs: Senem Peace


The Lake District in the Nortwest England is one of the most popular holiday destinations of UK. This national park is in the rural county of Cumbria, which is known by its attractions such as historical buildings, nature and preserved railways…

When we first decided to have a journey to Lake District, we were a bit doubtful that it could be too busy. When it is very crowded, especially if you are in the nature, I think the tune of the place spoils. Whens and wheres become important at that point. Where to stay, where to visit, and when to visit… For example we avoided to visit the most popular places, like Windermere, at weekend.

The Lake District – Buttermere / Photo: Senem Peace

The whole trip was very fulfilling. I am sure it will satisfy everybody whom especially enjoys road ride and nature. The views were so beautiful that you don’t even want to blink your eye. The light were so saturated that colours and depth were so satisfying. (People who like photographing understands what I mean). The sun was a bit naughty though when I try to take pictures. I struggled many times by waiting the sun. Tis reminded me a photographer who replied to a question; “Which one is your best picture?” His reply was; “That one, which I could’nt take.” And here in The Lake District, I had my best shots in my head…

Hardknott Roman Fort / Photo: Senem Peace

The Lake District, as known from the name, is famous with its lakes. It lays on a mountainous area but not that high. For example Lake District’s famous fell Scafell Pike is the highest mountain of England, but it is only 978 m above the sea level. When you go further North, to Scotland, the land rises a bit more, but in general UK is not very high at all.

Hardknott Roman Fort

Scafell Pike from Hardknott Roman Fort / Photo: Senem Peace

Speaking of Scafell Pike, one of the most beautiful views you can watch the fells is the Hardknott Roman Fort. This three acre fort is established in the 2nd century AD, during the reign of Emperor Hadrian, and abondened in the 3rd century AD. The fort is one of the most protected remains of Romans in Britain. As it lays in the middle of Roman forts; “Galava” in Ambleside and “Glannoventa” in Ravenglass. That’s why it’s also named as “Mediobogdum Fort”.

Hardknott Roman Fort / Photo: Senem Peace

It migh be the most isolated Roman forts in Britain. Even today when you try to visit it, you can hardly climb the hilly road passing next to the fort by your car. We left our car way before that hill and watched some other cars struggling through the road while we walked. And the bikers were cursing… It is obvious that it is not a good idea to bike up there.

Hardknott Roman Fort / Photo: Senem Peace

Climbing the steep isn’t very easy. I can imagine how hard it would be in winter, especially when it is icy. But when you reach to the fort, you have your benefit. The foundation walls of the fort is well preserved, probably due to lack of human existence. For example I was a bit disappointed when I visited Galava Fort, on the busy coast of Ambleside, as not much left to be seen. Here what can bother Hardknott Fort is the sheeps pasturing around and the natural effects like rain, wind and ice. Still there are disrespectful tourists jumping on the walls for selfies, but luckily not too many.

Hardknott Roman Fort / Photo: Senem Peace
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