Thursday, 6 November 2008
It's still great walking weather, dry, mild with occasional sunny spells which bring out the lovely Autumn colours. "Holme Fell" (which from Norse times means "Watery Meadow") is just North of Coniston and although not very high the panoramic views of Coniston, the Langdales, Fairfield and beyond are superb.
This week Coniston Lake hosted its annual water speed boat race.
On the 4th of January 1967 Donald Campbell attempted his speed record on Coniston lake where unfortunately his boat flipped and he met his death. The only remains they found at the time were his helmet and mascot Teddy "Mr Whoppit". These items along with film footage of the speed attempt can be viewed at John Ruskin Museum in Coniston. In recent years his body and boat "Bluebird" has since been recovered and he was laid to rest in Coniston graveyard where a grand funeral was held with a horse drawn Hurst. Bluebird is in the process of being renovated and will eventually be on display at the museum.