My favourite place - Paula Daly

PUBLISHED: 00:00 28 January 2019

Paula Daly at Cockshott Point

Paula Daly at Cockshott Point

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Novelist Paula Daly explains why a lakeside spot at Bowness means so much to her.

As a child I dreamed of living somewhere beautiful. I was brought up in Leigh, charming in its own way – indeed, I have very fond memories of the town and its people – but Leigh is not known for its natural beauty, so I always knew I’d move on eventually.

Nineteen years ago, my kids still babies, we made the move north to the Lakes. We settled in Windermere and it was then that we first discovered Cockshott Point. I’d been visiting Bowness throughout my teenage years so I’m not quite sure how I’d missed it up until then – situated, as it is, just south of the busiest spot in the National Park: The Glebe at Bowness Bay.

At Cockshott, there is a gravel path which runs along the lakeshore and from here there are fantastic views both up and down the lake. It’s the perfect place to walk the dog or take toddlers to, as it’s safely away from traffic, the walk is easy – only around a mile – and there’s lots to see. Many moor their boats here and the Windermere ferry passes across the lake at this point too.

In summer, Cockshott is busy with tourists and you may struggle to find a secluded spot to enjoy the lake, but it’s in winter that it’s at its best. Often, you’ll have the place to yourself and it’s for this reason I walk there most days. I am a novelist. I walk at Cockshott to clear my head, to work out plot problems, to get some exercise, to enjoy my whippet. But mostly I go there because it’s so very beautiful. And immersing myself in this beauty makes me feel happy, lucky and glad to be alive.

Paula Daly is the acclaimed author of five novels. Her books have been adapted for the new ITV television series, Deep Water, starring Anna Friel, which is set to air in the spring.

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