Beatrix Potter Country
Coniston Water At 5.5 Miles long a
background of wooded hills and mountains on the West shore make a striking
picture. Around the lake many place names have Norse origins. It was
here in 1967 that Donald Campbell died in an attempt to break the water speed
record. His body and the wreck of his famours boat were only recovered in
A delightful lake
district village with old cottages and alleyways. Home of the Beatrix
Potter Gallery, also the village where William Wordsworth went to school in
1778. St Michaels Church was built in the late 15th Century and
Wordsworths school built in 1585.
An ancient town with
evidence of an early British settlement and a Roman camp at Watercock.
However most of Kendal`s recorded history dates from the time of the Conqueror,
who gave land to his Norman henchmen. Richard I made the town a Barony in
1189. By 1331 the woollen industry had begun, Edward III authorised John
Kemp of Flanders to establish Flemish weavers in the town and the woollen
industry flourished for over Six Centuries. The town became noted for the
production of Kendal Green (a green woollen cloth favoured by the Archers).
It is still known as the old grey town, because of the number of grey buildings.
Market days have been held since 1189. Near the G.P.O. is a house now
occupied by the Y.M.C.A., It is reputed that Bonny Prince Charlie stayed there
on his march to Derby and again on his retreat. two nights later his pursuer the
well named Butcher Cumberland slept at the same house and in the same bed.
This is the highest and
longest of all the Lake District motor passes and at its summit it is 1,476ft
above sea level.
The area holds a
special fascination, a jumble of crags and ridges, a labyrinth of lakes and
rivers. This unique combination of spectacular mountains and rugged fells
is interspersed by green valleys and mirrored in numerous tarns and meres.
Views that have captured the imagination of the adventurous traveller for over
two hundred years.
A wild and beautiful
valley the gateway to the Kikstone pass
At 10.5 miles
Windermere is the longest freshwater lake in England and in that distance its
surroundings change from the milder countryside at the South end to the
mountainous scenery at the North, where the lake reaches almost to Ambleside.
The shores are thickly wooded, so that when driving round you often have only
restricted views of the water from the road.
Three stretches of
water make up Ullswaters length, their changes of direction alter the view
considerably as you proceed. All those lofty peaks (Place Fell, Martindale
and the High Street Range) round the South, West and East areas of Ullswater
make an impressive background to the quiet lake scene.