Monday, 3 October 2016

A Recce to the Lakes

During the next school half term and the day after Helen's and my 50th Wedding Anniversary party, we are off to the Lakes for 3 days with the whole family.

We'll all be under one roof and it is great to get together like this as our daughters live in Warwick and Camberley, so such opportunities are rare.

Anyway, as I am planning to hire rowing boats on one of the lakes in order to enact a landing by our grandchildren on an island emulating 'Swallows and Amazons', it provided just the opportunity to set forth in the Morgan to check our accommodation and investigate the boating scene.

The weather was scheduled to be excellent although cold, so it was definitely hood down and winter driving clothes on.
Coffee, with the morning mist rising from the River Eden in the background.
It would also be a useful opportunity to check out the car, following the replacement of the king-pins and to assess whether or not the annoying squeaking eminating from the rear end had been rectified.

We set off and headed north up the M6, with its variable road surfaces and the resultant variable noise levels, alternating from awful to extremely awful! Drivers in their tintops have no idea of the battering a top-down drivers' ears have to endure, cocooned as they are from the outside world.

Amid my constant criticism of the standards of driving nowadays, tailgating and totally ignoring speed limits through roadworks being just two examples, we arrived at junction 39 and headed through Shap village, a rather dour place even when the sun is shining, towards a right-hand junction that took us towards the River Eden valley.
The River Eden
After arriving in the delightful village of Morland and checking out the property my daughter had rented on our behalf we moved on to Penrith, some 8 miles away, where we did a similar check on the facilities for children at the Rheged Centre.
By the River Eamont
Our next port of call was Ullswater and specifically Glenridding, from where I had spent many a happy hour sailing my double-ended yawl in days gone by. No rowing boats for hire at the Sailing Centre and the only other place offered boats that looked like they wouldn't endure even a short voyage!
Looking towards Glenridding
Nothing for it but to head for Derwentwater where I knew that classic, traditional Lakeland rowing boats were available....real boats made out of wood and varnished. Trying to get to their base was utterly impossible due to the fact that we could't find a parking space on the car park and the number of people cluttering up the place was can tell that, as a couple of retired old fogeys, we prefer to travel mid-week to avoid the crowds!
Lunch stop en route from Ullswater to Derwentwater.
I decided that Derwentwater would seem to be the place for the proposed row and what is more, Herbert's Island, just a mile away from the landing stages is the island on which scenes from the latest 2016 version of 'Swallows and Amazons' were filmed. Clearly, depending on the prevailing weather conditions it's going to be a hefty row!!!!!

Homeward bound in the heavy traffic, I was pleased that we had had a successful reconnoitre and the car had performed admirably, not entirely quiet of course, it is a Morgan after all, but the annoying squeaks from the rear leaf springs had been cured.

1 comment:

  1. Hi Chris
    This is Brian, Breon's dad. I remember Sof saying you would like to make a book of all your Moggy stories. Well I tried a few publishers with the book I have done. None were interested. It seems a tough old game. Anyway I will cut to the chase I have went down the 'Self Publishing Route'. Basically it is free and they only take a cut of prophets. They publish a copy on demand and also it is set for Kindle too. It is an off shoot of Amazon. I am at the stage of proof reading and that is almost finished so I will be soon be able to publish. I also did a cover through them :
    It was hard work and I ended up doing no pics, but if your pics are of good quality it should be OK.
    If you want to give it a go and have any problems or need any advise let me know as believe me, if there was a pitfall, I found it.
    Lets be honest we are not expecting to be on the best sellers list but it was fun and at least you will have something to give to the kids /grandkids etc.
    I was surprised how good the book looked and with my pic on the front it was all very surreal. Here is my email if you need any help.
    Rgds Brian