Tilberthwaite Avenue, Coniston, LA21 8ED, United Kingdom
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In the middle of nowhere!
Richard with warning signs, Wrynose/Hardknot Pass
Coniston Water, Lake District
A glimpse of sun in March
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Campbell on Coniston
Of course Coniston is famous for Donald Campbell and his famous "Bluebird".
Donald Campbell CBE was the obsessive holder of world land and water speed records and died in Coniston lake on January 4 1967 while trying to break his own record. Possibly striking a log the turbo jet powered hyfroplane "Bluebird" disintegrated at around 300 miles an hour.
He had broken the world water speed record seven times in 10 years when the accident happened. Having hit 202.32mph on Ullswater in July 1955, he bettered it on December 31, 1964, at Dumbleyung Lake, Australia when he reached 276.33mph.
His penchant for record breaking brought him back to Coniston for a final time.
His last reported words heard over the intercom were: “She’s going, she’s going.” His body was not found at the tome of the tradegy.
In December 2000 divers testing underwater cameras found the wreckage. In March 2001 Bluebird was recovered from the lake bed . The tail was undamaged but the front cockpit area was completely crushed.
The Coniston Institute and Ruskin Museum Charitable Trust now want to provide a permanent home for the remains of Bluebird and are seeking permission for a 10m by 10m extension to the Museum to house it. The application is supported by a letter from the Curator of the museum stating that Bluebird is part of Coniston’s heritage and the people of Coniston "believe most strongly" that the craft belongs in the town as a "permanent memorial to a great British hero".
In August 2001 the Barrow in Furness coroner decided that based on DNA evidence the remains found near the wreck of Bluebird were those of the late Donald Campbell. His daughter, Gina Campbell, 51, from Leeds, can at last officially hold an official service following the loss of her father, who died when she was just 17.
This commemorative plaque can be found on the village green near the church.
A few miles out of Coniston, heading towards Ambleside, there is a left turn, signposted Tilberthwaite. Follow this narrow road to the carpark, next to the stream and a bridge. This is Tilberthwaite and is the start of a walk to Tilberthwaite Gill, following the beck.Many high fell walks begin here, also, including Helvellyn and Wetherlam and is a popular spot, even in Winter. We watched people heading off on hikes in the freezing cold, snow falling. I sincerely hoped they were all suitably equipped as there was snow on the fell tops and we could see it being blown around like a snow storm.
It's a lovely place to just stop for a picnic, have a wander round and admire the lovely scenery. There is some interesting dry slate walling in a sheep fold just across the road from the park. Looks very new and most impressive.
We were here on a bitterly cold day in March 2007. So cold it was snowing, with an Arctic wind. I hadn't thought to pack my gloves so my hands quickly froze as I rapidly snapped our surroundings with our new 12 optical zoom camera. Not the best of days to try it out!!! I do remember coming here many years ago with my family for summer outings where we would mess about in the stream for hours on end.
Another up and coming page - Coniston
"Coniston of Your Mythic Eternal Fall"
Coniston - you pull your collar up and smile at a lover, you move quick to the beat of a joke with your friends, you let your eyes bury themselves under a pile of leaves, you skip stones and hit devils, you catch a pint and then sweat it off in the eternal fall of it all...
Still so many places on Earth that save themselves for you at certain times of the year - whispering "Come back when there are less people around..."
My first mate Matt Robson, the genius behind Bushy Tail herbs and over all brilliant bloke. If there was a more incredible person to spend a day exploring Cumbria with I'd let you know - but just so you didn't bother Matt and leave us wander around singing crazy songs at the top of lungs in the most beautiful places in England.
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Address: Tilberthwaite Avenue, Coniston, LA21 8ED, United Kingdom