Abandoned table for two found in the woods of Lake District

Local photographer who found the setup said he initially thought the abandoned afternoon tea was an art installation.

Abandoned table for two found in the woods of Lake District
© ASHLEY COOPER GWI
Abandoned table for two found in the woods of Lake District

A photographer was stunned to find a fully set table for two in the woods of the Lake District. Ashley Cooper discovered the mysterious afternoon tea set-up with tables and chairs, while wandering the wilderness.

Instagram Generation

He initially thought it was an art installation, but upon closer inspection, he figured the table of half-eaten food and glasses of drinks, may have been left behind by a couple celebrating an occasion.

The afternoon tea was found between Great Langdale and Little Langdale - an area considered to be one of the most specular spots - making the Cooper believe it was left...

“by someone from the Instagram generation. It looks like a romantic meal in the woods, but then they couldn't clean up after themselves. They've gone to a lot of trouble to carry the gear down there as it's about half a mile from the nearest road - but it just looks like they finished their meal and got up and just left it all."
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Ashley Cooper believes the set-up must have been abandoned by 'someone from the Instagram Generation' ASHLEY COOPER GWI

'Short of a Conscience'

Nearby hotels' staff said they have nothing to do with the set-up. The Lake district has been battling an issue of people leaving rubbish behind as the area has gained popularity with visitors as lockdown measures eased.

Mr Cooper, a climate change photographer from Ambleside, said he has come across a number of abandoned tents, sleeping bags and cooking utensils on his walks over the past 18 months.

We're seeing a very different type of visitor to the Lake District who has no respect for the place whatsoever. These people aren't short of money but they are short of a conscience and social responsibility.
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