Written by Peter Burgess
Saturday, 13 March 2010
A seven day holiday in Coniston gave prospect for some great days out in the fells as well as the chance to show friends some of the delights of the area. Apart from day walks, we had a drive over Hardknott in snow and the rest of the group visited Keswick, Blackwell, Tarn Hows and it all ended with a glorious row across Coniston.
Each tab below contains the audio-visual presentation from each day:
Coniston to Tilberthwaite
Sue had never been to Lakeland before and with the cloud ceiling very low, a low level walk was the order of the day. Grand mountain vistas were going to be difficult to achieve so I thought close at hand interest would make the walk interesting. With Tilberthwaite and its quarries just a few miles up the valley, a plan was hatched to walk a one way linear walk to the Three Shires Inn, with the option of a lift back by Steve.
Two of my favourite places to visit. You don't need to visit fell tops when there are places like this to explore. Jill Batchelor
The Bell and Gill Cove Crag
With visibility still poor, I opted for a scramble route today which would maintain my interest. Using R.B.Evansexcellent guide, I soon picked a route up onto the Coniston Fells which would take in two excellent scrambles along the way. The day finished with a steep descent to Blind Tarn from the ridge between Buck and Brown Pike. Return to Coniston via Walna Scar and Heathwaite. The snow cover meant the scrambles were a little trickier, but with all the right gear I felt more than confident.
Wrynose and Hardknott Passes in Snow
Awaking to brilliant sunshine and snow, the planned day drive had all the ingredients for glorious views and an ascent of Border End for Sue.
Brilliant Peter, most of us think twice before driving on the passes in normal conditions, but in those ones I'm not surprised you didn't see many others. However, to be able to experience those conditions up on Border End was just wonderful. A day I'm sure you won't be forgetting and a great introduction for your friends. Jill Batchelor
You seemingly did not use snow chains - how did you tackle the extreme steepness of the ascent? I am glad to see Sue pleased on her first Lakeland experience. Such glorious weather. Helmut Hudler
Long Crag and Coppermines
Part 1 of a day out on the Coniston Fells. This part includes a scramble on Long Crag Buttress followed by an exploration of some of the adits near East Bonsor Mine. I can really recommend some aspects of this route to those interested in the mines, although of course use common sense and take care when entering any artificial adit. The day I entered two of the adits, there was evidence for very recent roof falls, probably as a result of recent freeze-thaw activity.!
This is the second instalment of a day out on the Coniston Fells. This continues the exploration along Red Dell, onto Black Sails and up and along Prison Band. The walk was completed with a descent to Low Water from the Old Man. A twist in the tail, included a traverse between Brim Fell Hause and Brim Fell End beneath the crags before descent to Boulder Valley and the YHA.
A Row on Coniston - 3 Folk in a Boat
A row with Linda and Nina on Coniston Water in the rowing boat Catrina.This was a great end to our week's holiday in Coniston.
Row the boat!
A Holiday Miscellany
A volume of miscellaneous images from in and around Coniston - 12th-20th February 201.
"It was great to see so many old friends again and to meet new people who have now become familiar names on the message board." Jill Rowland on the Honister 2007 weekend