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SAILING, WALNEY ISLAND - The "Round Walney" yacht race is organised from time to time by the Roa Island Club. The Jubilee Bridge to Walney has to be raised to let them through to the start. In July 2009 all started well on a beautiful day with a good high tide and strong breeze. Unfortunately the wind dropped on the southward leg and only one yacht made it back under sail - such are the risks of yachting! The photo was taken from a good vantage point on the reclaimed ironworks slag bank. The yacht club is based at Roa Island at the old jetty, where steamers used to depart for the Isle of Man.

FURNESS LINE - The line from Carnforth to Barrow-in-Furness is one of the most scenic stretches of railway line in England, crossing the Kent and Leven Estuaries as it passes through the Cartmel and Furness Peninsulas. Modern Class 185 diesel trains now provide a quick and reliable connection to Manchester Airport. The line was completed around 1857 with many of the Furness Railway stations unique in style and now listed buildings.
WINDERMERE FERRY - There has been a ferry crossing at the narrowest part of Lake Windermere for centuries. In 1630, 47 people and 11 horses were drowned in a freak storm when the "Great Boat" sank. Today's ferry is reassuringly kept on track by two steel cables, one either side.
HAVERTHWAITE AND LAKESIDE STEAM RAILWAY- The Furness Railway branch line from Ulverston to Lakeside enabled day-trippers (until the outbreak of the First World War) to sail from Liverpool and Fleetwood to Ulverston, take the train to Lakeside, then sail on Lake Windermere. The stretch from Haverthwaite to Lakeside is kept open today by a Steam Preservation Trust.

THE GONDOLA, CONISTONWATER - This steam yacht was built for the Furness Railway Company in 1860 to connect with their Foxfield to Coniston branch line. It sank in a storm in 1963 and remained at the bottom of the lake for 12 years. Raised and refitted by apprentices at the Barrow shipyard it is now owned and operated by the National Trust. The original boat had a longer passenger cabin and no protection for the Captain but it was later modified to the current design!

LAKE BANK, CONISTONWATER - This Furness Railway Company jetty (c1870) at Lake Bank at the south end of the lake served as a staging point for almost 70 years. Linked to Greenodd by coach and four (and later by charabanc and Ribble motorbus) it connected with the Ulverston to Lakeside rail line. It was therefore possible to take round trips which included sailing on Conistonwater and returning by rail from Coniston via Foxfield or continuing by road from Coniston to Ambleside and returning by boat on Windermere and rail from Lakeside. Indeed, Liverpool steamers called at Greeenodd with day trippers for Coniston. The rebuilt Gondola still calls here on a regular timetable in the summer.
DO IT YOURSELF! - Boats can be hired on both Lake Windermere and Coniston Water between Easter and October. In December, this rowing boat was more suitable for miniature ice-hockey! The adjacent Bluebird cafe (splendid cakes, but weekends only in winter!) occupies the building that was put up in 1910 as dormitories for staff working on the Gondola and Lady of the Lake.
CHRISTMAS DAY IN ULVERSTON CANAL ! - Not a breath of air. This photo is actually a reflection (hence the reversed writing) of Ainsworth's recovery vehicles parked alongside the canal.