After our brief stop at Niberthwaite we drove along the east side of Coniston Water and parked up at our B and B, which was opposite the Waterhead Hotel at the north end of the lake. It was a grey day, with cloud obscuring the summit of the Old Man
but wasn’t raining so we went for a walk over to the lake
stopping for a brew and a bite to eat at the Bluebird Café by the main jetty.
After dinner (mid day meal where I come from!) we made our way to the centre of the village
to visit the Ruskin Museum, which describes itself as
an award-winning Cabinet of Curiosities which tells the Story of Coniston.
where we saw the Amazon
and the remains of another famous boat – Donald Campbell’s Bluebird, which had been recovered from the depths of Coniston Water in 2001.
Afterwards a quick drink in the Black Bull
followed by a short walk
before checking into our B and B, the Bluebird Lodge, a short walk from the village
We’d actually booked into a self catering flat on the first floor for a couple of nights. There was a cracking view over the fields of the Coniston Fells from the lounge and bedroom windows
During the evening we’d booked a meal at Steam, a very nice little restaurant in the village
before returning to the b and B, relaxing for a couple of hours before retiring for the night and keeping our fingers crossed for decent weather the next day.