As anyone who has visited RSPB Hodbarrow will tell you the views are stunning. 

One favourite view of mine is near the old lighthouse looking north to Black Combe and the fells of the Lake District.

The title of this blog entry is from a poem by Lucy Maud Montgomery (1874 – 1942), she writes:

Come, rest awhile, and let us idly stray 
In glimmering valleys, cool and far away. 

Come from the greedy mart, the troubled street, 
And listen to the music, faint and sweet...

...You have forgotten what it is to smile 
In your too busy life­ come, rest awhile. 

Now we can rest awhile listen to the bird song faint and sweet and enjoy the view sitting on the wonderful new dry stone wall bench:

There is a beautiful information board designed by Doreen Jackson and cut into slate:

It includes part of the poem 'Hodbarrow Flooded' from Norman Nicholson's collected Poems
reproduced with kind permission of the publisher, Faber & Faber.

“Where once the shafts struck down through yielding limestone,
Black coot and moorhen,
Lay snail-wakes on the water”


If you enjoy taking panoramic photos on your walks then this website might be of interest.
http://www.udeuschle.selfhost.pro/panoramas/makepanoramas_en.htm

The interface looks a bit scary, but you can simply click on the map and click on a direction (n,s,sw etc).

If you have a GPS fix simply enter the position the photograph was taken from and the view direction and
it auto-magically labels the hills and mountains:

The resulting panorama from the position of the bench looks something like this:
(the actual panorama is at this link: http://tinyurl.com/mmj8wrw )

In your too busy life come, rest awhile. 


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