Wednesday, 22 June 2011

Images of .... Rydal Water

Rydal Water is one of the smaller lakes in the English Lake District, located in the centre of the National Park, near the hamlet of Rydal.  The poet William Wordsworth lived in this area and drew inspiration from the beautiful scenery.

 Above the lake are caves, remains of old quarry workings.

Monday, 20 June 2011

Images of .... Derwentwater

The lakes in the Cumbrian Lake District have many moods and Derwentwater is no exception.   It is one of the northern lakes and sits in Borrowdale, just south of the town of Keswick.  About three miles long by a mile wide, it has a regular passenger launch service so that visitors can enjoy the wonderful scenery.

There are several islands in the lake, which belong to the National Trust.  There is an 18th century  house on one of them, leased to tenants and open to visitors for a few days each year.  You can see its boathouse in the photo below.

Saturday, 18 June 2011

Images of .... Blackwell

Blackwell, in the English Lake District, is Britain's finest surviving Arts & Crafts house. It was built in 1900 by H M Baillie Scott on the hillside above Windermere, as a holiday home for a wealthy Manchester businessman, Sir Edward Holt, and his family.

The Arts and Crafts Movement was a reaction aginst the increasing dominance of mechanisation brought about by the Industrial Revolution.  Championed by John Ruskin and William Morris, it sought to re-establish the importance and worth of designer-craftsmen and promoted beauty, simplicity and practicality in the home.

The lovely house has a wealth of fine detail, both inside and outside (though no photography is allowed inside).

It's not a huge house but it is full of delightful and interesting stuff: furniture and other objects from the period.  Run by the Lakeland Arts Trust, it has frequent exhibitions - and a lovely gift-shop and tea-room.  Well worth a visit.

 The gardens were originally laid out by Thomas Mawson, as a series of terraces.

They are very peaceful, and offer lovely views over the lake.

Thursday, 9 June 2011

Images of .... Coniston

Some photographs from my recent holiday in the Lake District.  These are of Coniston, in the south-west of the National Park.

The Steam Gondola crossing the lake.  The original Victorian gondola was first launched in 1859 and a rebuilt yacht is now operated daily by the National Trust, bringing to life a small part of Lakeland's heritage.  The clouds shroud The Old Man of Coniston, the mountain that overlooks the lake.

The small harbour, built by the eminent Victorian writer, artist and philosopher John Ruskin, in the gardens of his former home, Brantwood, on Coniston.

 Azaleas in full bloom in the Lower Garden at Brantwood.

Another part of the Lower Garden.

 A pool in Brantwood's woodland garden

 Two of Brantwood's gardeners at work.

 A window in Brantwood's coach house

The marina beside the small town of Coniston. 

 The northern end of Coniston Water

Coniston Water, looking north west towards the surrounding fells.

For more photos and information, please see my other blog here and here.