At the end of September, a number of us from the Adventure Out and Transpennine groups met in the Lake District at Coniston Coppermines Youth Hostel. This is quite a remote hostel in the Lake District and sits below The Old Man of Coniston, formerly the highest point in Lancashire when Lancashire included bits of the southern Lake District that is now Cumbria.
The hostel is at the end of a rough track about 1.5 miles from the popular village of Coniston. Access to the cirque of hills that surround the hostel is easy straight from the door.
Saturday’s walk took us round the circuit of Weatherlam, Swirl How, The Old Man of Coniston and the rocky peak of Dow Crag, before descending down (off piste) by Blind Tarn to meet the Walna Scar road back to the hostel. The views throughout were extensive and made more interesting by the mist swirling around the peaks.
We ate in the Black Bull pub in Coniston that evening, and because of the ‘super moon’ didn’t need torches for the walk back, the moonlight being strong enough to cast distinct shadows.
Sundays walk was a low level walk along Coniston Water, while two of us repeated the climb of Swirl How (by a different route) visiting Grey Friar and Great Carrs, where there is a memorial and some wreckage remaining from a Halifax bomber that crashed into the hill on a training flight during WWII.
A great weekend, blessed by excellent weather. Thanks to Pete and Phil for organising.