We had a few days in Coniston. We took the Steam Yacht Gondola to the end of the lake, debarked at Parkamoor Jetty, then walked to Brantwood, former home of John Ruskin.
A view from the front door of Brantwood.
A display of some of Ruskin’s early drawings of Italy.
There were some books in the gift shop. The Beatrix Potter story books can be found throughout The Lake District, but Arthur Ransome‘s Swallows and Amazons series starts on Coniston Water.
Here’s the guest house Ransome stayed in when he wrote the first book. We walked past it on the way back to Coniston.
Over the next few days we walked up from Coniston through Little Langdale and into Great Langdale to stay at The Old Dungeon Ghyll Hotel, then over Stake Pass into Borrowdale to get to The Royal Oak in Rosthwaite.
This is what the view is like part way up Stake Pass.
This is the view coming down the other side into Borrowdale. You can see a loop of the zigzag footpath down the very steep hillside about a third of the way from the bottom of the image.
We did another steep walk the next day:
View of Derwentwater from Maiden Moor. (Please note: I only took pictures when I was feeling completely secure, so you won’t see the really frightening bits.)
Saturday we went by bus to Keswick and The Cumberland Pencil Museum. You can see the derelict pencil factory in the background. The pencils are now made in a new factory in Lillyhall, where I imagine it is easier for workers to find affordable housing.
It is obviously necessary to include a picture of the world’s largest pencil, one of the featured displays in the museum.
I have not included any images of the tempting coloured pencils in the museum shop, but I am sure you can imagine using them to reproduce the rainbow I found outside.
We spent a little while in Keswick. It was crowded because it was Saturday and the morning had been wet and it was Market Day.
We then caught a bus to Patterdale and walked a short distance to our B&B. Our hostess had predicted sunshine for our arrival, and she was right.
As I am writing this, David is out for a walk to look at Aira Force (a waterfall) and there is a fell-running race in progress. I will close with a quick sequence of images shot from the B&B window.
The little bright spots in the first and third pictures are the reflections of the ceiling light in our room, not a glimpse of the sun.
Perhaps I will just stay in and knit this afternoon.