(bottom) to Coniston (top)
and Cynthia were otherwise engaged, at least one of
them attending the birth of their grandson, Harry Rex,
and, in any event, did not seem mad keen on this next
stage of the walk which basically goes from the bottom
of Coniston (the town, not the lake) to the top (the
town, not the Old Man). Consequently, Margaret and I
a beautiful late afternoon, we parked down at the lake
side in the steamer car park and reversed the final
steps of FW10
until we reached the road. Here we turned west
and headed into the town.
down Coniston Water
Old Man framed
was something I wanted to see in Coniston and maybe
it had some bearing on why Ian was not that bothered
about this stage. Only a little bit off track is
the Ruskin Museum which was designed by him some twelve
years ago. From the sign round the back, I presume it
is built on the site of the old Mount Zion Primitive
Ruskin Museum on the site of .....
the old Primitive Chapel
the building looks good and the Rough Guide calls the
museum "the most thought provoking in the lakes", sadly
the museum's self promotion is feeble. Its website
is dire and in the town I couldn't see any signs to
help the visitor find the premises. Fortunately, the
website does a rather better job of showing it off.
had a look in the gift shop but Margaret was not really
in museum mode
so, although she volunteered to wait whilst I went round,
I thought it better to leave that pleasure to another
day. Sorry Ian, I can't yet give a constructive
critique of the design!! Next time, perhaps.
model in the shop
Story of Conist
a navigational error which gave us the benefit of a
washing picture (I foolishly thought we could access
the Walna Scar Road from the museum road), we got back
on track, passing a rather fine old car on the way,
and began the serious climb up to the Walna Scar Road.
way up, we heard a noise which Margaret correctly identified
as the Red Arrows arriving to put on their display over
Lake Windermere, it being Air ShowWeekend. Unfortunately,
where we were was wooded and, for a while, we were unable
to get any sort of a view. However, once we climbed
out of the wood and into a field, we could see the Red
Arrows performing several of their routines in the distance,
What was a bit surprising was that their departure was
via a formation flight down Coniston Water, not Lake
Windermere. Not that I managed to get a decent
photo of it! Still, some of the other photos weren't
too bad, considering the distance.
better pictures, here are two from 2007, taken from
Air Show 2010, although
there were no Red Arrows last year.
is a pity the display had not been ten minutes later
(or we had arrived ten minutes sooner) as the view from
the Walna Road Car Park would have been so much better
but never mind!
Old Man from near the Walna Road Car Park
is the start point of the next section of the Furness
Way so here we broke off and headed south (pausing briefly
for a snack), dropping down to Heathwaite.
and Coniston Hall
continued downhill to the south end of Coniston (town) with its attractive
terraces of old mining cottages, including a surprise
(nearly) over the Old Man
reaching the car park we had a last look down the lake
before heading south to renew our acquaintance with
the Red Lion at Lowick Bridge and its Whitby Prawns!
to the landlord- he warned us they might take thirty
minutes to produce and yet they arrived in ten. That's
24th July 2011
climbed in feet:
8,854 in total
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