The peculiar scene was discovered on Monday between Great Langdale and Little Langdale – a spot considered one of the most spectacular in the Lake District
An abandoned afternoon tea set up featuring the remnants of a meal and a half-full glass of bubbles has been discovered in the middle of woodland in the Lake District.
The peculiar scene was discovered on Monday between Great Langdale and Little Langdale, a spot considered one of the most spectacular in the area.
The table was set with plates, champagne flutes and water glasses, as well as what appeared to be a two-level stand for cakes and a cheese platter.
One plate had been polished off, while the other held remnants of a piece of cake, strawberries and cheese.
From a small jar of jam and a bowl of what resembles whipped cream on the cake stand, it appeared likely that scones had featured as part of the meal.
Photographer Ashley Cooper told the BBC he had first thought the table and chairs, which were set up a little less than 100m from the path, were part of an art installation.
However, on closer inspection, it appeared the half-eaten food and glasses of fizz had been abandoned by a celebrating couple, he said.
Mr Cooper thought it likely that the table had been left “by someone from the Instagram generation”.
The Ambleside local, who works as a climate change photographer, had been walking in the woods when he spotted the odd set up.
“It looks like a romantic meal in the woods but then they couldn’t clean up after themselves,” he said.
He pointed out that the couple had gone to a “lot of trouble” to carry the gear down from wherever they had come from – as it was about half a mile from the nearest road.
Staff at nearby hotels denied having anything to do with the set-up.
Mr Cooper said it wasn’t unusual to see abandoned items around the area; he said he had seen a number of tents, along with sleeping bags and cooking equipment, over the past 18 months.
The region had proved popular with visitors as lockdown measures he eased, and there had been a type of visitor who had no respect for the place “whatsoever”.