It is certainly much easier to image the events of those long lost days happening here rather than on the busy, noisy, overcrowded Windermere.
The scenery is, of course, splendid, and there are interesting remains of the old copper mines, but the highlight for me was the Coniston Steam Gondola.
This splendid old lady, with her plush padded salon and gleaming brass work, is now reduced to taking trippers around the lake. She clearly finds the whole thing a bit infra-dig. Or perhaps that's just because she is owned and run by the National Trust.