Lots of photos in this post! We spent a week camping on the shore of Lake Coniston. It was a long journey up, split over 3 days, trailing our Wayfarer and 2 kayaks and picking up the older 2 half way along. (they were travelling south by train after a week spent sailing on the west coast of Scotland with the Sea Cadets). Above is Peel Island on Coniston, and the harbour which was the inspiration for the secret harbour in Arthur Ransome’s Swallows and Amazons. The island was so pretty – very wooded with little paths winding through and honeysuckle, heather and wild bilberries everywhere. Matt and the children went often over the week (an hour’s sail in low winds) and I went with them on the last evening.
The oldest kayaking around Peel Island.
Matt and 5 children climbed Coniston Old Man early one morning. (the temperatures were in the high 20s all week so too hot to be climbing in the middle of the day.) On a clear day you can see 5 kingdoms from its summit (Ireland, Isle of Man, Wales, Scotland and, of course, England). It’s about 5 hours up and down, so quite a trek for a 6 year old…..
On the way down again.
Evenings were spent like this, cooking tea on the beach while everyone sailed, paddled and swam. We didn’t quite have the lake to ourselves, but there weren’t many other boats out.
We visited Hill Top farm, home of Beatrix Potter.
Our tent about 4 am with mist over the lake.
Sailing behind the steam gondola. This is thought to have been the inspiration for Captain Flint’s houseboat in Swallows and Amazons. And below, setting off for Peel Island.