Cumbria Series: 28.2.12


                                                                      The Foot of Windermere

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  1. This is a companion piece to the photo published on CU on Monday 27.2.12, and was clearly taken on the same day, from the same point. This time we see the foot of the Lake, tapering as it reaches the narrowing end of the valley, until the dramatic doubling back of the waters marks the formal point at which the Lake becomes, instead, the River Leven, curling away through rural lowlands and foothills until it joins Morecambe Bay, distant in the background.

    We are far from the hills now, and looking outwards from Lakeland across fields that are home to quiet communities and towns that stand upon the great southern routes into the Lake District. Across the lake are the landings for the Windermere steamers, coming to their most distant point from the tourist hotspots of Bowness and Waterhead (for Ambleside).

    Nothing though is as peaceful as it seems. Less than half a mile from the foot of the Lake is Newby Bridge, with it’s fine, sturdy arches above a river broad and active, and through Newby Bridge runs the coast road, the A590, a stream of traffic on a sunny day. Head west across the District to access Coniston and its Water by the most beautiful route, from the foot of the Lake, to reach the much-maligned Barrow-in-Furness and follow the coast north, between the hills and the sea.

    Tranquil as it looks here, with it’s winter coat on, this is not a tranquil area. It has it’s appeal though, on lazy days when the legs don’t feel up the strenuous movements needed to reach he peaks, when for a time the easy view from ground level feels enough, and if you can get far enough away from the hordes to have some breathing space.

    Who knows? The day will come when this is all that is left to you. Don’t snub it just yet.

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