Old man of Coniston walk 19th April

Another gorgeous day in the lakes, part of my New Years resolution was to get out on the hills more and so far so good!

It was decided that The Old Man of Coniston was this weeks destination.  I had not done this walk for 10 plus years.  Where has the time gone??  Parked in Coniston at the sports ground and was a bargain for parking at £3 for the whole day.  Maybe the rest of the lakes should take note.

It was a lovley day but at 9.30am was on;y 3.5 degrees so was glad I had remembered to put my hat and gloves in my rucksack.  Walked up past the Sun Hotel and up the very steep hill on the Walna Scar road.  I don’t mind a steep ascent as you gain height quickly, the road then levelled out and were soon in the fells.  Soon we were at Goats water and here was a pit stop to take in the view and have a coffee and chocolate break.  Instant coffee in a flask tastes really good when you’re out on a walk especially with chocolate biscuits!!

Before long we were nearly at the summit, it was such a clear day and could see for miles.  As it hadn’t taken as long as we thought, decided to extend the walk to take in Brim Fell Rake, Levers Hawse, Little Bow, Great How Crag onto Swirl How then down past Levers Water to the Coppermines.  I love the Coppermines as it mixes the fells with the industrialness of the mines. 

As with any good walk, you need a good pub at the end of it.  On the way back to the car passed The Black Bull and would have been rude not to call in for one.  Coniston’s Oliver pale ale was my walkers reward! 


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