Here are a few photos from our visit to the Lake District accompanied by some of my favourite quotes from Arthur Ransome’s wonderful books.
After visiting the Arthur Ransome room at Kendal’s Museum of Lakeland Life and Industry (and bowing down to the great man’s typewriter!) we headed to Coniston.
“It had indeed begun for, once more, they were afloat in Swallow, and sleeping at home in beds had already come to an end.” – Coniston – and a boat that could almost be Swallow.
“This is a lot better than writing books.” – Reading Ransome. With Kanchenjunga (The Old Man of Coniston) in the background.
“Nancy and Peggy were already on Wild Cat Island, plotting either a welcome or an ambush. With Nancy, you never really knew”. – Towards Wild Cat Island (Peel Island). The light was extraordinary and the island seemed to be wearing a halo.
“Son of a seacook!” – A Nancy Blackett moment only with a blue cap instead of a red one.
“They found, like many explorers before them, that somehow, in their absence, they had got into trouble at home.” – Bank Ground – the inspiration for Holly Howe – now a bed and breakfast and self-catering accommodation.
Not far from Coniston is the isolated community of Rusland.
St Paul’s church in rural Rusland.
The resting place of Arthur Ransome and his wife, Evgenia.
We then embarked on a bit of an adventure – visiting two quarries in Tilberthwaite.
Cathedral Quarry. Alas, neither Slater Bob nor Squashy Hat were to be found.
It was then a trip to Hawkshead to see William Heelis’s office – now the Beatrix Potter Gallery, displaying original illustrations from her books.
The Beatrix Potter Museum, Hawkshead. We then drove north of Coniston where the countryside is home to many beautiful farms.
Yew Tree Farm was bought by Beatrix Potter and was used as ‘Hill Top’ in the film, Miss Potter. It’s also believed to be ‘Tyson’s Farm’ and ‘Swainson’s Farm’ in Arthur Ransome’s books.
We had two wonderful days in the Lakes, helped enormously by Roger Wardale’s book, In Search of Swallows and Amazons. I can’t wait for our next trip …
“But perhaps you will be coming again next year.”
“Every year. Forever and ever,” said Titty.
“Aye,” said Mrs Dixon, “we all think that when we’re young.”
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