Thursday, June 25, 2009
Somerset to Coniston Lake District, Cumbria (20 June)
A very nice 470km drive but most of it was on the M5 and the M6 motorways so it was fairly easy but also very boring. The locals reckoned it was a very big drive. After unpacking in our somewhat dumpy, but comfortable, little flat, we went for a good walk around the town and down to the lake (Coniston Waters). All very pretty around here with all the little streams and becks draining into the lake. The small town was packed with masses of hikers taking all the different walks in the area and other visiting tourists (It was Saturday). Most of the rock in the area is good quality slate so most of the buildings and fences are built from it. Here is a photo of the local public conveniences demonstrating the use of this material and a late batch of ducklings down on the lake.