the southern rim of the Lakes, just far enough off the well-trodden
and obvious tracks to be left in peace, is Furness facing the Leven
Estuary with the mountains at its back. It is a working community
of farms and market towns. Of course there are pockets of the 20th
Century. But what we would call Old Furness moves to a different
rhythm; where the visitor is welcomed more for the common interest
in the place and his friendly conversation than any other thing.
In Furness there is a secluded valley called Newlands
iron was smelted even before the Industrial Revolution. Since that flurry
of enthusiasm the valley has returned to livestock
and crops. "The Falls", in important ways, is much as it was
in the 17th century when it was a working farm. It is tucked into a
soft curve of the hillside on the western side of Newlands Valley.
Far Applethwaite and Wick End have been thoughtfully converted, equipped
and attractively furnished with 'childproof' furniture. They combine
an old fashioned simplicity with modern comforts like central heating
and lashings of hot water. Here, untroubled , you can enjoy a very different
and very special holiday away from the world.