|Peel Island/ Wildcat Island|
Coniston Power Boat Records week where all classes of boat whiz up and down the lake over a measured kilometre chasing records. There are many excellent vantage points to be had along the lake and of course it wouldn't be complete without a trip to the harbour area to see the boats up close. Due to the conditions within Coniston it wasn't until 2001 that Donald Campbell's body was recovered and buried in Coniston cemetery. There are many references to Campbell throughout the town but perhaps one of the most well known is the Bluebird Cafe down on the lakeside. It's newly restored now since it was flooded in 2009. It's a lovely looking place and we admired it as we sat munching our sarnies on a bench outside.
|A nice pier in honour of Ruskin|
So there you have it; hiking and history all coming together in one little blog. The hike itself is a lovely easy ramble with many picnic spots along the way - perfect for those with kids or less of a head for the high fells. The other benefit of parking at Beckstones and walking to Coniston is that the parking is free. Money saving tips too, think I'm going to quit while I'm ahead!