LAKE DISTRICT - PAGE 1 - 23-30/06/07
This is the first of two pages of photos from a week based in Hawkshead in the English Lake District.
|The Lakes avoided the worst of the weather during a week where some parts of the country including the midlands and the east coast of England suffered widespread flooding. There were still a few storm clouds looming including above near Hartstop, (left photo) which is at the foot of the Kirkstone Pass and nearby Ullswater Lake.|
|From the western shore of Windermere a car ferry, (right photo) runs across the lake from Ferry House, Far Sawrey to Ferry Nab, Bowness every day of the year apart from Christmas Day and Boxing Day.|
|In nearby Near Sawrey, Hill Top Farmhouse, (right photo) is one of the National Trust's busiest properties, it is where the writer, artist and conservationist Beatrix Potter wrote many of her famous children's stories.|
|Continuing the Beatrix Potter theme the photos above show the Beatrix Potter Gallery in Hawkshead, where examples of the her work can be seen as well as Yew Tree Farm, (centre photo) which was used as the location for Hill Top in the recent Moss Potter film starring Renée Zellweger and Ewan McGregor. The farm was owned by Beatrix Potter after she purchased it as part of the Monk Coniston Esate in 1930, as well as a farm it also offers B&B accommodation and a tea room.|
|Tarn Hows, (centre photo) located just to the north east of Coniston is a good place for a short circular walk, the route around the tarn is just one and a half miles in length along good paths suitable for wheelchairs, although there are some inclines; the walk takes in views of the lake and the surrounding fells. The Bowder Stone, (left photo) is thought to have been carried to the Lake District by glaciers in the ice age, the precarious looking rock features in a painting by the famous artist John Atkinson Grimshaw who visited the area between 1863 and 1868, at a time when tourism to the lakes was greatly increasing with the introduction of railway links to the area.|