28th September

Views of Coniston from the steam yacht Gondola.


(L) With all the recent rain, the lake level was very high, flooding some piers. (R) One of the two lounges (first and second class of course!) of the Gondola. Originally running a ferry service on Coniston for the Furness Railway, Gondala was decommisioned in 1936. She was rescued from near ruin and rebuilt (practically from scratch) in the 1970s, relaunched in 1980, and is now operated by the National Trust.

The cable ferry which crosses Windermere.

The grange at Townend, Troutbeck.

Townend is described as the “home of an ordinary farming family” in the National Trust directory. This is clearly relative to the stately homes that the Trust normally deals with! Well worth a visit.

After taking the train from the Victorian resort of Grange-over-Sands to Arnside (a scenic route), we walked west along the estuary of the River Kent towards Morecambe Bay (and the Irish Sea).

(L) Looking west towards the Irish Sea. (R) View looking back from Arnside Knott.

Over the top of the hill, looking towards Arnside and the Kent estuary.

29th September

Boats on Windermere seen from the Lakeside railway station.


Stott Park bobbin mill, which produced bobbins for the Lancashire cotton mills. Being an English Heritage property, the opening times were strange and the mill was closed.

The somewhat oddly shaped parish church of Finsthwaite was rebuilt in 1873, paid for by the owner of the Stott Park mill.

Train at Haverthwaite station on the small Lakeside and Haverthwaite heritage railway. Originally part of a branch line of the Furness railway (starting in Ulverston), it was closed in the 1960s and partially re-opened as a heritage line in 1973. 

(L) Tracks and (R) diesel engine in the train shed at Haverthwaite.