Remember: Press F11 for a full screen view of this page.
" Lowther Photo Exhibition and Walk "
Date & start time: Sunday 20th October 2013, 2pm start.
Location of Start : Lowther Castle and Gardens, Penrith, Cumbria, Uk ( NY 523 238 )
Places visited : Sculpture Gallery and riverside grounds, Lowther Castle,
Walk details : After the exhibition ... 2.2 mls, 250 ft of ascent, approx 1 hour.
Highest point : The photos and exploring a new area.
Walked with : Ann and the dogs, Harry and Bethan.
Weather : Overcast with occasional showers.
[ Alter the settings to zoom or change the Map, use Everytrail to download the Gps route ]
We had an invite to the opening of an exhibition of photographs, taken by a friend, which were to be displayed in the hall at Lowther Castle.
He and another artist were exhibiting for the first time at the castle, the subject being Lowther Park and its gardens.
We joined them on the Sunday afternoon for the official opening.
First find the Castle . . . despite having seen it in the distance many times we had never actually been there.
It wasn't that difficult . . . drive to Penrith and take the A6 south for three or four miles.
Don't take the grand entrance to Lowther Holiday Park but follow the signs indicating right a bit further south !
The Castle has seen better days but renovations are in hand . . . this is the new cafe and visitor centre.
Unfortunately the main building was made derelict after the war and the remaining contents sold off in a grand "stately home" sale at that time.
The Castle and Gardens are now run by a trust and have received lottery and other monies to secure and renovate the buildings
and return a little life to the castle and its fine gardens once again.
It was those gardens that have inspired Andrew and Christine to explore and record what they have seen.
Today is the culmination of their ideas, drawn together into an exhibition which is currently open to the public.
I can do no better than to quote from Andrew's site . . .
" Andrew Leaney, who lives near Appleby-in-Westmorland, is a keen photographer who enjoys capturing the landscape while walking
in the Lakeland Fells and further afield. He finds the largely untamed gardens at Lowther Castle a peaceful
and relaxing place to explore and they provide a wealth of opportunities to create images, which catch his eye or reflect his mood."
The second set of photos today were by another enthusiast of Lowther Gardens . . .
" Christine Hurford, an artist living in Penrith, shows her sculptures and installations nationally; often using the subject of insects
and small creatures to convey deeper feelings. Photography has been an enduring love, exhibiting work with the Penrith Camera Club.
Christine says, “Since discovering the Lowther Gardens, I have loved wandering round, finding hidden corners and surprisingly abstract details,
trying to capture the dereliction, but also the changing seasons.”
The exhibition has been staged in the renovated hallway of the Castle.
[ The photos (or copies of them) are all available to purchase by the way.]
For those who may have been wondering . . . a rare picture of the web-master David Hall who was also at the opening.
He's the one with his hands in his pocket. I can't say anything . . . I had mine in my pockets in the previous photo !
Behind, wearing an open jacket, is Andrew himself, also with hands in pocket . . . must be a 'bloke's' thing!
The recent grant will allow the Lowther Trust to stabilise the structure so that it doesn't decay any further
It will be a long time and a lot more money will be needed to renovate it further.
This is the view of the Castle from the front ramparts on the northern side.
The gardens are open on a daily basis and the parkland is often home to shows and events.
For more information, including opening time and facilities on offer . . . please click here, on the photo above, or phone 01-931-712192.
- - - o o o - - -
After a period of light re-hyration (a nice cup of tea and cakes)
Ann and I venture out into Lowther Park to give the dogs a walk.
We parked in the grounds of the castle near St Michael's Church, Lowther
Arty picture of the gate . . . these exhibitions are getting to me !
In the churchyard is the Mausoleum of William the second Earl, who died in 1844.
Inside there is a statue of him sitting in gloomy isolation according to the Visit Cumbria web site
We head off down the avenue of trees leaving the impressive facade of the castle behind us.
It must have been an impressive structure in its heyday.
[ There's a little rain in the air, hence the slight blur on that second photo.]
We're further down now . . . by the River Lowther that flows through the grounds.
A stable and pony ring with this interesting but unexplained arrangement of rustic poles.
Maybe it is a set of perching posts for people or an agility obstacle course for dogs . . . answers on a postcard please !
The river at this point splits to form an island.
With the recent rains both channels are flowing fast.
" Grand weather for ducks " as the saying goes . . . Mr and Mrs Mallard I believe.
A sudden flap of wings and this fine Heron takes off and flies up river and out of camera shot.
A fine stone arched bridge can be found at the bottom of the paddock.
Low Gardens Bridge leads across into Yanath Woods . . . a more modern iron bridge beyond appears to carry any estate traffic.
A classic Bailey Bridge, probably erected by the army during their war time occupation of the Castle, but still in use today.
Crossing and then returning by the iron bridge, I get a fine view of the stone arch.
Walking back towards the car we pass by the Maple that we saw earlier.
It is even more dramatic in colour close up.
Crossing the paddock we pass these old horse drinking-troughs.
The umbrella is up . . . that must mean another passing shower.
Technical note: Pictures taken with either Ann's Canon Sureshot SX220, or my Canon 1100D SLR digital camera.
Resized in Photoshop, and built up on a Dreamweaver web builder.
This site best viewed with . . . an invite from a friend.
Previous walk - 20th October 2013 - Local History in 20 Objects
A previous time up here - Our first time in the Castle and grounds so sorry no other photos on file.
Next walk - 1st November 2013 - Keswick & Rannerdale Ramble