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Thursday, 11 April 2019

Coast by Campervan - Day 4, Conishead Priory

The third day of this trip was abandoned before it even got close. The original idea had been to head south to Southport but I knew I did not want to do another 70+ mile day. On Tuesday evening I changed my site booking for a return to Meathop giving me a chance to meander back up the coast and visit Conishead Priory which I had sadly driven straight past that afternoon. Whilst it might sound bonkers to retrace my steps I knew it was the right decision.

On Thursday I left the Morecambe site ludicrously early and parked up at the north of the town for a roadside breakfast - for which I was rewarded with another view of the Little Egret!

Arriving at Conishead it felt very ‘right’, and is somewhere I have wanted to visit for years. Very popular with dog walkers as the grounds are open to all and there are nice paths down to the beach.



Walking through the woodland adjacent to the beach was an absolute delight, spring flowers in abundance, crap photos because of the previously mentioned camera settings snafu.  I kept thinking how much both Ollie and Daisy would have enjoyed it, although in fairness Ollie would have spent half his time sprinting for the sea.





















I was wandering along, all full of calm and feeling relaxed, came around a corner and "d'uh, how do I do it, every flippin time"?  I must have a hardwired ability to find the hidden corners - graves - and typically got a little upset reading 100 year old inscriptions;  Dogs, it's always the bloody dogs.



Absolutely joyous was the friendliness and openness of the Buddhist residents, a marked contrast to the way people behaved at Kagyu Samye Ling which I visited last year.  I got chatting to one of the monks who told me a lot about the centre, and how the style of Buddhism practised is considered 'modern' with more relevance to today's society.  Definitely less rigid and formal than the Samye Ling way, definitely a place of peace I need to revisit, next time staying nearby and spending many more hours there.







I could not get a tour of the house, wrong day, so that is another reason to go back.









Returning to Meathop was lovely, and I got set up early enough to have a good walk down the road towards Grange.  Rewarded once again with "small white dot in the distance" but this time a rubbish but enough to prove I saw it photograph.  Definitely my week for Little Egret.

😊♫ Happy birding dance ♫🙂




22 comments:

  1. It looks beautiful there, Jayne. Well worth a return visit I would think. X

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    1. I'd definitely recommend it Jules, and the food in their cafe looked fabulous. It looked like lots of the visitors were there just for a nice walk and a coffee afterwards.

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  2. Were you heading to Stockport near Manchester? I used to live five miles away from there and not bonkers to give it a swerve. Where you went looks absolutely wonderful, a place of peace and tranquility. Have to say those graves would have brought a tear to my eyes too, not a good time for you to have stumbled upon them. Glad you made the right decision in turning back and headed north. I think your photos look good, don't worry about them x

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    1. oops, quick edit needed - that should be Southport not Stockport . . .

      I'm like a flippin' Homing Pigeon in places like this - always seem to find the pet cemetery. Thanks for the nice words about the photos :-)

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  3. The photos are lovely in spite of the camera snafu. You've just given me somewhere else to put on my list of 'go to eventually' places - Conishead Priory looks wonderful. The temple building looks fabulous and those ceilings, especially the very colourful one, are just 'wow'. A bit too out of the way for me to make a detour this weekend but definitely one for the future :)

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    1. I think you'd get some great pictures there Eunice, but you would have the usual problem of how to ensure the girls were OK. They would not be allowed in the house, or temple, and the two car park areas I saw have little shade. There is a 3rd overflow area I spotted on the way out which might have shelter - if I get back there before you I will check it out. Definitely too far for this weekend :-)

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  4. I want to go there!!!! Your photos are stunning & have whetted my appetite to see more of the ancient sites. We've been to many, but there are so many more to see, so looks like the NT card may get maxed out again whilst away. We don't have pet cemeteries here generally, but I always seem to attract the furry live ones when out & about. You definitely have a knack for photography along with so many other bloggers. The cones on the branch are an amazing colour & are the photos in the house yours or from a brochure, as you said it wasn't open that day. Have a good week & take care.

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    1. Hi Susan, I think this would be a good one for you two this summer. turn left at Kendal, Keith would enjoy a visit to the motor museum, then down to Ulverston and stay somewhere around there for a night, visit Conishead, maybe visit Furness Abbey, maybe head up to Whitehaven because I know you like it there?

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    2. Susan, meant to say those are all my photos, nothing from a brochure. Although the house is only open for tours at weekends, the entrance hall and a couple of adjacent areas are accessible.

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  5. If you want to retrace your steps, that’s the whole point of your trip isn’t it?

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    1. Not originally Sue! The idea was I might revisit places but after I'd been all the way round. PLAN - that well known four-letter word.

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  6. I'm so proud of you for backtracking "because it felt right". I think you're on your way to getting this thing.

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    1. Thank you sweetie :-) Think I am getting an idea of how the next trip will be organised, and we will see if that suits better.

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  7. Today's jolly out sounds the most enjoyed so far - what a gentle holistic place - very glad you retraced your steps - xx

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    1. Thank you Kate. I thought of you, it would be a wonderful place for a day visit (and I suspect well within your range for a day-trip, you are a much better traveller than me).

      The temple nestles beautifully into the old walled kitchen garden and I can imagine you sitting sketching in the sunshine :-)

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  8. Dear Jayne
    That sounds like a lovely place to visit - we all need little times of calm in our busy lives.
    Best wishes
    Ellie

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    1. Definitely a calm place Ellie, definitely a place to spend more hours next visit.

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  9. How delightful to find friendly people, to enlarge on the surroundings and etc.

    And the flowers are gorgeous. -happy sigh-

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    1. It was a truly "good" place, had a wonderful essence and feel about it.

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    1. Thanks Mike, and welcome to Bag End. Hope you can go on a day when the house tours are available, I shall look forward to seeing what you publish :-)

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