Friday, 1 February 2008

Lake District

Today, my husband just left for the Bio-Physics conference in L.A. I were to join him next week, so meanwhile I have to survive singlehanded handling Josiah. And not to mention other thing too... my husband had the camera and the tripod! So meanwhile, I am going to blog something else more interesting than "word only" blogs.
**Click on the picture, they are prettier when you zoomed in!

Here is my trip to Lake District in April 2006. Yes, Josiah wasn't born yet... so both of us soft of "enjoying" the nature with no "extra weight" on our back!
So, there we were... not knowing the route nor bringing a map, we attempt to head to coniston using only GPS. And lo and behold, we are passing Windemere and suddenly the road end on the brim of a lake.

Yes! The GPS instruct us to "now, aboard the ferry" to get to coniston. Later we found out that there is actually another way getting to coniston without crossing the lake, but it was the "long" way round. And since the GPS has been set to fastest route, it brought us to that ferry terminal!!! Fortunate enough the weather was sunny and bright, in fact it just stop snowing, so you can see all the mountain peaks appear like scandinavian alps, which the locals said to be quite a rare view.

After about 30 minutes drive, finally we arrove at Coniston Lake. And here is where we stayed for a week, a self catering unit called the Mole and Badger house.

A little bit about Lake District : The Lake District, also known as The Lakes or Lakeland, is a rural area in North West England. A popular holiday destination, it is famous for its lakes and its mountains (or fells), and its associations with the early 19th century poetry and writings of William Wordsworth and the Lake Poets.
The central and most-visited part of the area is contained in the Lake District National Park — one of fourteen National parks in the United Kingdom. It lies entirely within Cumbria, and is one of England's few mountainous regions. All the land in England higher than three thousand feet above sea level lies within the National Park. The Lake District also contains Scafell Pike, the highest mountain in England.

The area we visited :

The south-western fells have as their northern boundary the Hardknott and Wrynose Passes. These are particularly narrow and steep, with tight hairpin bends. The Furness Fells stand between Coniston and the Duddon Valley, which runs NE-SW through the centre of the area. On the other side of the Duddon is Harter Fell and the long ridge leading over Whitfell to Black Combe and the sea. The south of this region consists of lower forests and knolls, with Kirkby Moor on the southern boundary. The South-western Lake District ends near the Furness peninsulas, which leads to Cumbria's second largest settlement (Barrow-in-Furness).

The south-eastern area is the territory between Coniston Water and Windermere and east of Windermere. There are no high summits in this group; it is mainly low hills, knolls and bumpy terrain such as Gummer's How, Whitbarrow and Top o' Selside. The wide expanse of Grizedale Forest stands between the two lakes. Kendal and Morecambe Bay mark the edge

Coniston area are much cheaper and quieter than big town like Windemere. Which probably the main reason we end up there. Here is some snaps of the surrounding area, that is within 2 miles walking distance from our lodging.

On the next day we decide to explore somewhere further. I think (if I remember correctly) the name of the place is Three Tarn. You have to do a bif of a hike there, and then you can see the three lake/tarn inside. What I remember, "tarn" indicate that this water feature is a man made, alias not a natural lake. However, I can't really spot the difference.

A little bit about Coniston : Coniston is a popular spot for hill-walking and rock-climbing; there are fine walks to be had on the nearby Furness Fells and Grizedale Forest, and some of the finest rock in the Lake District on the eastern face of Dow Crag, three miles from the village.
The creation of the national park in the 1950's provided a further boost to tourism, with attractions such as the John Ruskin Museum and ferry services across the lake developing. Donald Campbell added to the profile of the village and lake when he died breaking the world water speed record in 1967, having already set the record on the same lake in 1967. His body and boat (The Bluebird) were discovered by divers in 2000 and he was buried in the new graveyard on the outskirts of Coniston in 2001.
The village is also home to a number of hotels and two Youth Hostels, one at the edge of the village, the other in the nearby Coppermines Valley.
Two slate quarries still operate at Coniston, one in the coppermines valley, the other at Brossen Stone on the east side of the Coniston Old Man. Both work Coniston's volcanic slates, being blue at Low-Brandy Crag in the Coppermines Valley, and light green at Brossen Stone (bursting Stone).
Coniston is also an important local centre, with a secondary school, bank, petrol station and other such services. It has also repeatedly been highly placed in the Village of the Year award, winning it in 1997.
The scenery around Coniston derives from Coniston Limestone and Borrowdale Volcanic rocks.

We took a ferry around Coniston water, and here is some picture of it. We also visited Tarn How, another big made made lake around Coniston.

What you shouldn't miss when coming to such a picturesque place with country side atmosphere is to visit.... TEA HOUSE! Here is what I was having.

And finally, here is my attempt to do a photo stitch of panoramic view around the tea house, which happen to be right in front of the lake.

Stay tune, tommorow we'll heading to Ambleside and also some picture taken from steep view of Rhinos-pass!!

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