We embarked on a road trip to Northern England over the August Bank Holiday weekend. For the first part of the trip, we based ourselves just outside the South Lakeland town of Ulverston.
The Southern tip of Coniston Water is about 20 miles North of Ulverston, and we timed our day there to perfection. Although chilly in the breeze, the sun shone for most of the day and the rain of the day before stayed away. Coniston Water made me think of Swallows and Amazons, and I wasn’t far off in my thinking, because Arthur Ransome allegedly based his fictional lake on a combination of Coniston Water and Lake Windermere. The friend-who-is-like-my-brother was with us and had brought along his kayak and his dog. It was hard to know which excited The Boy Child more.
I kept my feet firmly of terra firma, but it was wonderful to see The Boy Child having such a positive experience.One that involved 2,000 acres of sky, 1.8 square miles of water, bare feet and a broad smile. One that didn’t involve any form of handheld electronic device.