One of my favourite areas of Britain, ever since childhood, is the Lake District. As a child we only lived about 80 miles away, and took holidays there twice a year as well as making frequent day trips. Now we live over 300 miles away so I don't get there very often but I still love the area.
Of course being such a popular destination, it can get very crowded, and recent designation as a World Heritage Site is likely to make that even worse, and yet even now the crowds tend to congregate in a few places and it only takes a few minutes by car or on foot to discover spots where perfect solitude among the beautiful landscape can be found.
Skelwith Bridge, at the point where the Ambleside to Coniston road meets the road into the Langdales, is one such area. People flock there to see the waterfall and slate mill, as well as the tea room of course, but a stroll of a few minutes along the River Brathay or up the lane towards Loughrigg Fell soon takes you right away from the tourist crowds to the tranquility and solitude that made the Lake District famous in the first place.
To commemorate this, I have used Gummiapan Stitched Rectangle dies to cut the Skelwith Bridge area from a walking map left over from a recent holiday there, and simply matted it and added a sentiment stamped with a Crafty Individuals stamp.
I am sharing this with Less is More, where the challenge this week is to use something real in my case, the map.