Last weekend I got out to Honister Pass and managed to get some shots of Gatesgarthdale Beck that runs through it. I've often passed this part of the Pass before and not stopped to take any photos, which seems silly considering how nice this part of the valley is!
All along the Beck are vast, towering boulders which I was really interested in. The two photos below are of the same boulder, and I found the natural patterns really intriguing - the crags and nooks accompanied by the scattered pockets of moss lend for some very interesting photos!
I believe a lot of these boulders were left behind by retreating ice as Honister Pass was carved out by huge glaciers around 10,000 years ago, and I recently learned that the sheer amount of slate at the Honister Slate Mine nearby, harks back to a large amount of volcanic activity during the geological history of the Borrowdale Valley, which this road connects you to.
This has got me daydreaming about my time at university. I do love geology!
This was the view along the Beck towards the slate mine. The sound of running water is always going to be comforting to me. The water was beautifully clear too and I could see all of the different, coloured pebbles below.
There were couple of the lovely herdy sheep which were relaxing by the Beck a bit farther up the pass back towards Buttermere, and the mini waterfalls behind them on the Beck looked so calming to be by. A lovely scene!
And I couldn't not finish this post without another shot of the adorable herdwick. This one was happily grazing by one of the boulders.
If you ever get the chance to stop by Honister Pass and travel through it then definitely pull up and spend some time sitting by the Beck - you may even get to see some of the adorable herdwick sheep herds that run graze on these peaks!
I'm linking up with the lovely Jen for Photo Friday today.
Have a lovely weekend!