Posted by Ed Kiser on July 28, 2004 at 02:37:31 from 22.214.171.124 user Kisered.
In Reply to: Re: Peel Island posted by Dan Lind on July 28, 2004 at 01:56:51:
Never been to Peel Island, so it is sometimes difficult to separate the reality of the place from that mental image that is burned into my "memory" of Wild Cat Island.
I understand that there is that "hidden" harbour at the southern end of the island, with quite an assortment of rocks extending out from the land, thus needing some care on navigating in that close area. There have been photos from time to time that various members of this forum have made available that show that harbour.
Is there a landing place on the eastern shore, as it is on Wild Cat?
Are there any sort of markers (leading lights) to assist in the proper entrance into the harbour?
I see where someone stated that camping is not allowed, but landing there is permitted. What is the official status of permission to build a camp fire? Even when not staying overnight, but just there for a while long enough to make tea, it would help to be able to make a careful fire. If such is not permitted, can (horrors) a camp stove be brought for that required bit of tea? Or is such activity considered "camping" and thus comes under the Forbidden category?
Are there any markers on the island to indicate that this is the "Wild Cat Island" of the Ransome stories?
How close to the mainland to the east is the Island? Is that possibly walkable, that is, shallow enough to walk from island to mainland? I am thinking of "The Wade" of course, but without the effect of tides, only the effect of a dry or rainy season to affect the lake water level.
If one is trying to think of a "Mecca" for Ransome fans, this place strikes me as the most likely spot.
Regardless of the reality aspects of Peel Island, I will always have a warm spot in my heart for Wild Cat Island. For me, that place is very real. To actually go to and see Peel might really damage my mental image that is so well "illustrated" in my mind.
But it would be a "must see" if I were to ever be in that part of the world.
Until then, I brouse through the many contributions of camera art by Tony Richards in his Lakelandcam.co.uk allowing for many an enjoyable "trip" of vicarious nature through that beautiful countryside. I am grateful to him for the beauty his camera has brought into my life, as I wander through some 4000 photos of the Lake District.
I also am thankful to all of you contributors to this forum, for your insight and knowledge and experiences, being shared here, have done so much to enrich my own understanding and thus my enjoyment of All Things Ransome.
Ed Kiser, South Florida
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