FW10: Low Parkamoor
was touch and go whether we would be able to get out
today. For the past week we have had Emma and
Luca at home with us but this morning was the time for
their return to Munich. We had a happy time
with them and here are some reminders:
with his Oma
Whilst we were sad to
see them leave, from the point of view of this outing,
it was fortunate that Emma had booked on the 11 a.m.
accompanied them down to Manchester airport on a very
early train (gone are the days I would have driven them
down- until and unless the medics sort out my episodes,
I am not allowed behind the wheel), seeing them safely
through the barrier and catching the next train back,
ready for action on the Furness Way.
one car was needed for our outing today as we were planning
to reach our start point by the Coniston Steam Gondola.
In order to save time in Coniston, I took the
precaution of phoning the Tourist Information Centre
beforehand to book our tickets for four people from
Coniston to Parkamoor. Why did I bother?
Coniston Steam Gondola
drove us to Coniston and dropped me off at the TIC office.
I picked up our tickets and we set off for the
jetty. Fortunately I opened the envelope. Something
seemed wrong. There were only two inside. I returned
to the TIC and asked about the other two tickets. The
lady who had taken the booking was not there but her
colleague quickly realised that not only were the tickets
for the wrong number of people, they were for the wrong
trip and what is more, the TIC did not offer the required
option as they only dealt in round trips. She wanted
to give me my credit card refund and I wanted to have
my refund but the dilemma was that if I accepted her
offer, it would have taken so long to process that we
would have had to wait until Thursday before catching
the boat as we were running out of time. Hopefully,
all will be resolved on the phone in the morning!
advanced to the landing stage and the Gondola duly arrived
on time. It is a beautiful old boat and offers
a high quality, if somewhat pricey, journey around the
lake complete with intelligent commentary about the
scenery and local inhabitants.
Coniston range from the Gondola
again further south
passed someone experimenting with a less conventional
way of travelling the length of the lake- a swimmer.
Not my idea of fun.
our journey was marred a little by a large cloud that
seemed to sit on top of us and follow us down the lake
to the south end and then back up on the opposite side
to where we disembarked at Parkamoor.
cloud that followed us
view back north
walk began with the reversal of the descent in FW09,
climbing up through the woods and out onto the open
fellside. On passing the Low Parkamoor farmhouse
/ holiday home we headed north with splendid views over
the Coniston Fells.
Coniston Fells behind Coniston Water
we entered the forest and for a while little could be
seen other than surrounding greenery and brownery. Our
route dropped down towards Lawson Park where there was
a strange swan like feature and some rather boring washing!
down, we found what had once been an interestingly eccentric
wooden seat but now was in poor condition. Not
too poor to stop us using it for a refreshment stop
and team picture location. Sadly however, I made
a processing error whilst compiling this report and
lost the team photo so have had to substitue a somewhat
path continued along the top side of John Ruskin's Brantwood,
dropping, with fairly open views to the west and north,
down to the farms at the northwest end of the lake.
It was now a beautiful early evening and the cloud
that had plagued us earlier (or protected us from sunstroke
depending on your viewpoint) had vanished. We
rounded the lake on the road then, as soon as possible,
cut back down to the lake side and the Water Head Pier
to the car.
a big decision was needed
to go to celebrate our achievement?
some debate, Ian selected the Three Shires
Inn which was just a little way off our
choice for a pleasant drink and pub food.
Intruigingly, one of the items on the
children's menu was Beef and Ale Pie, which
we thought rather odd for youngsters. But
the adult food was very good.
11th July 2011
Having read the report, Tony
reminded me that at the turn of the last century (i.e.
1900) the Three Shires was run by his wife's family,
on her mother's side. He thinks that they took
it around 1890 and their initial are engraved into the
pub cornerstones. He adds that there might be
a family picture of them standing outside and that enquiries
will be made. Watch this space!
more photos: From Ian (the house is Lawson Park):
climbed in feet:
8,178 in total
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