Gordon Brown hits the squirrel trail

Derwent Isle and house with the Keswick landing stage behind.
It’s good to see that Prime Minister Gordon Brown has been up holidaying with his family in the Keswick area this month and touring some of our favourite haunts round Bassenthwaite and Derwentwater.

The Lake District Herald (15 August) reports that the PM took an evening launch trip on Derwentwater and was particularly interested in Derwent Isle and the house there (See photo above).

StHerberts2 He may not have realised that he’s in good company. Another well known holiday maker in the Keswick area was similarly fascinated by the scene. Beatrix Potter, author of The Tale of Squirrel Nutkin, spent several holidays at Lingholm (bottom left of photo opposite) in the early 1900s and had her red squirrels in the book sailing out on wooden rafts across Derwentwater to St Herbert’s Island, 500 yards to the south.

Full details are in Margaret Lane’s excellent book, The Magic Years of Beatrix Potter (pages 108-111). A copy of this is in The Larches’ library.

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