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Bluebell Walk to Coniston – Lake District

May 3, 2014

Tarn Hows and Coniston Walk 004We were a tad early for the bluebells on this walk. They were out but only just. Follow in our footsteps this coming week or two and you might find them more impressive. But it was a grand walk nevertheless and a beautiful blue sky day in the Lake District.

We started from Tarn Hows and then down the Cumbria way through Tarn Hows wood to Shepherd’s Bridge on the edge of Coniston. On the way we passed Low Yewdale Farm, which is the model for Dixon’s Farm in Arthur Ransome’s Swallows And Amazons stories.Tarn Hows and Coniston Walk 005 Ransome used to camp in a tent by the beck that flows so delightfully down the valley.

After a walk to the Coniston Lakeside – to watch the Victorian steam launch “Gondola” in action, we took the permissive path up to Tarn Hows and Coniston Walk 014Tarn Hows and Coniston Walk 012Waterhead, returning to Tarn Hows through the woodlands of Fell End and Hill Fell – and how gorgeous the fresh green leaves looked on the beech trees.

A nice little walk of but a few miles, but some of the loveliest views in Lakeland.

2 Comments leave one →
  1. May 3, 2014 3:07 pm

    I dream of the landscape you describe. You are so very lucky.

  2. May 4, 2014 1:35 am

    Great shot of Gondola,

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