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September 10, 2018 — Coniston and the Ruskin Museum

Beautiiful drive to Coniston with a great lunch and a visit to the Ruskin Museum

Driving from Dalton-in-Furness to Coniston

Driving from Dalton-in-Furness to Coniston

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We put the laundry in last night and went to bed. Around 3:30 AM I was hearing the washer so got up and checked to discover the very dry laundry hadn’t even started. I messed with the machine and waited until water started, and returned to bed. When we got up at 7:00 AM, the water had gone in the bottom of the tub but the top was still dry. We both messed with the machine and I finally got the manual from the Hotpoint web site. We were doing it right but the machine wasn’t agitating.

Next stop was to look up local laundromats. We ate breakfast and started for the laundromat. Ed noticed our landlord’s car had returned so rang the bell and explained their machine was broken. Jim (I assume as he’s never introduced himself) offered to do our laundry on his machine so we’re awaiting our hopefully clean clothes. We do have a drying rack!

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Driving from Dalton-in-Furness to Coniston

Driving from Dalton-in-Furness to Coniston


Received our clean clothes partially dry and put them in our living room on the drying rack since it’s raining again. Gathered our things and set off for Coniston. A lovely drive partially along the lake brought us into Coniston village where we found parking and tourist information. The tourist gentleman suggested Herdwick’s (12 Yewdale Road) beside the Ruskin Museum for lunch so we upped umbrellas and set off for lunch.

Herdwick’s turned out to be a great recommendation. It’s a new building, not quaint, but the food is excellent and very inexpensive. We both got a pot of nice hot tea and the daily special of beef casserole in a giant Yorkshire pudding. It was delicious and the huge pudding great fun. We were too full to even think of dessert but their cakes were beautiful. [Herdwick's Café and BIstro, Yewdale Rd, Coniston LA21 8DU, UK; Phone: +44 15394 41141]

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Driving from Dalton-in-Furness to Coniston

Driving from Dalton-in-Furness to Coniston

Church House Inn in Torver

Church House Inn in Torver

Driving to Coniston

Driving to Coniston

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After lunch we walked next door to the Ruskin Museum. Part is dedicated to the artist, author and critic, John Ruskin and part features Donald Campbell who once broke both world land speed and water speed records. He died on the Coniston Water in an attempt to break his own record. After the Ruskin Museum, we walked back to tourist info to get directions to the lake and walked up over the bridge and down to the lake. There were lots of ducks to greet us. I got photos of Brantwood, John Ruskin’s beautiful home overlooking the Coniston Water and also harbor photos.

Entrance to the Ruskin Museum

Entrance to the Ruskin Museum

The Ruskin Museum

The Ruskin Museum

Exhibit in the Ruskin Museum

Exhibit in the Ruskin Museum

Historic boat used on the Coniston Water

Historic boat used on the Coniston Water

Lace exhibit in the Ruskin Museum

Lace exhibit in the Ruskin Museum

Usher Miniature Village at the Ruskin Museum

Usher Miniature Village at the Ruskin Museum

An early Bluebird

An early Bluebird

Parish Church of Saint  Andrew in Coniston

Parish Church of Saint Andrew in Coniston

Parish Church of Saint  Andrew in Coniston

Parish Church of Saint Andrew in Coniston

Coniston Water in the Lake District

Coniston Water in the Lake District

The Coniston Ferry Landing

The Coniston Ferry Landing

Coniston Water in the Lake District

Coniston Water in the Lake District

Brantwood, final home of John Ruskin overlooking Coniston Water

Brantwood, final home of John Ruskin overlooking Coniston Water

Walked back to save our car from the parking enforcer, peeled off my very wet raincoat and set our GPS for home. We got behind a huge tour bus so it took longer than it should have. Enjoyed our seeded brown bread from the Coniston Bakery along with a Somerset brie and an extra aged Wookey Cheddar, grapes and a glass of Lindisfarne Mead for supper. It is now pouring rain again . . . So very glad I bought that new raincoat.

Posted by Beausoleil 14:23 Archived in United Kingdom Tagged museums uk cumbria coniston ruskin

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Great blog! I"ve been to Coniston but did not have time for museum. Sorry about the rain.

by alectrevor

A shame about the weather, but not unusual in that part of the world! I've never been in that museum (indeed it's years since I was in Coniston). Is the 'Amazon' boat anything to do with the 'Swallows and Amazons' story?

by ToonSarah

Thanks Alec. We got used to the rain and the museum was fascinating. There is a little bit of everything in it.

Sarah, there was no explanation for the name of the Amazon. I'll have to look up the Swallows and the Amazons story. Never heard of it. Sounds interesting. There seems to be a story behind everything in England. Must be nice to have such a long history.

by Beausoleil

Swallows and Amazons is a famous children's book, by Arthur Ransome, set in the Lake District. And checking the wikipedia entry about the book I see that yes, that is the original Amazon, although it used to be named Mavis (https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Swallows_and_Amazons)

by ToonSarah

This brings back nice memories of our visit to Coniston Water in the 1980s. The Ruskin Museum was important to us because we found a flyer there about a school called the Bembridge School on the Isle of Wight, based on the educational principles of John Ruskin. Our daughter later attended that school for two years and did her A-levels there, before going on to earn degrees at two different universities in London. (Unfortunately the Bembridge School no longer exists, having been disbanded in 1997.)

by Nemorino

How interesting Don. Obviously we didn't see any references to the Bembridge School. The museum was very interesting and covered a plethora of subjects in a rather small space. Does your daughter like opera as much as you do?

by Beausoleil

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