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New places and Summer Adventures

The Lake District is a wonderful place and living here you can be fooled into thinking you've seen it all but there are always new things and new places to discover and new adventures to be had...

So, we picked a warm day and we set off to the far side of Coniston Lake to swim out to “Swallows and Amazon island”, aka Peel Island.

peel island

The far side of Coniston is quieter than the main side, there is plenty of parking on the lakeshore which is great for swimming or launching a canoe.

Peel Island is towards the far end of the lake, park up and it's just a short swim out to the island, around 400m or so. There's a secret cove, a jumping rock, and a small island to discover--so for an adventure, it's well worth a trip to be swallows and amazons forever!

secret cove

As we had all day, and I'd always wanted to visit Cathedral Caverns--an old quarry just between little Langdale and Tilberthwaite gill--we decide on adventure number two for the day. We parked up near the Three Shires Inn at Little Langdale and walked towards it from there. Its not marked on any map and there are no signposts for it so you have to discover it. And the discovering is half the fun; half the adventure but I'll give you a few clues...

cathedral cave 3
From the Three Shires Inn walk up the lane a 100m or so then take the first turning left, follow the road until you get to the bridge over the river, then cross it and walk straight forward and follow the wall looking for a gap in the wall. From there you're on your own. You're looking for an entrance in the rock. Oh, and make sure to bring a torch.

After the bridge, you can also turn right and follow the wall; again look for a gap and explore.

catherdal cave 2