Sunday, June 28, 2009
Tuesday 23 June - Coniston base
We went touring this day mainly for the scenary travelling from Coniston, through Torver, Broughton-in-Furness and other towns to the coastal Barrow-in-Furness then up to Newby Bridge then returning home. Almost all travel was on narrow country lanes and, at one stage, we had to give an oncoming dairy herd right-of-way for about 10 minutes.
the scenary was glorious but we have few photos because you simply can't pull up and take photos in those conditions or, if you can stop, there is a great hedge in the way. Still, we are developing great memories. Broughton was a very pretty and friendly village. Barrow started life as a small village in the early 1800s and then iron deposits were found leading to the construction a a large industrial city including shipbuilding especially for liners and the Royal Navy. The city is still industrially based but has lost industries and population. Not really our type of town but it has a great Dock Museum, and nearby were the handful of fishing boats featured here. Later we went into the nearby graveyard at Coniston and took the photo of Donald Campbells grave and headstone. The belated burial date reflects the fact that his body was not recovered from the depths of Coniston Waters until 2001 (it was at 144 feet).