Monk Coniston, where we were staying, was owned by Beatrix Potter and bequeathed to the National Trust, who still owns it today, and leases it to HF Holidays.
On Day 1 of our holiday I was leading the medium group, in Great Langdale. We started off at Old Dungeon Ghyll, walked up Side Pike, onto Lingmoor Fell (not before threading the needle, see picture on the right) and returned via the Cumbria Way. The weather was dull and miserable, with quite strong winds in places. It was quite a little scramble up Side Pike - maybe not of Striding Edge proportions - but a scramble nevertheless.
This was the "Harder" walk for me.The weather had improved, which is always a bonus, and we made our way down to Boon Farm in the morning to pick up the bus at 9.30 am. It was a little bit late - about 10 minutes - but that wasn't a problem. We had decided to do the route in reverse, so we were going to go up Helm Crag first (The Lion and the Lamb) and then on to Gibson Knott, Calf Crag, and finally on to Sergeant Man.
One of the group decided he had to summit it! Helm Crag - The Lion and the Lamb. Or the Wurlitzer, depending on which way you are travelling!
Looking back towards Grassmere
We had a great day, but the lack of daylight hours overtook us and we came back into Grassmere in the dark. We were 10 minutes late for the bus (spot on really, as he was 10 minutes late this morning!!), and had a fantastic day!
was back to the medium walk for me. And we had a cracker!! We were going up the Old Man of Coniston, and the weather was superb.
We were dropped off on a junction just before Torver. Apparently there is a really interesting telephone box in Torver. Shame we missed it.
So onwards and upwards towards the Walna Scar Road, passing this waterfall on the way.
First break was at Goats Water. Such a beautiful place
Goats Water on the left, and looking up to Dow Crag on the right. Notorious Climbing routes on Dow Crag.
And there we are at the top of the Old Man of Coniston.
Levers Water on the way down. It was a very steep descent, and the reflections in the water were amazing. For the eagle eyed amongst you this was a picture that featured in my "Where am I" on my Facebook Page
From there we came down through the Coppermines for a well earned drink at the Sun Inn, Coniston. What a lovely pub!
And then back to the House for a three course meal, evening entertainment (if you wish) and a lovely comfy bed!! The entertainment tonight was Killer Skittles - great fun! Nearly everyone joined in, and it was a close run game at the end!
And then we were on our way home. How did it go so quickly?
We had a wonderful time. We always do.
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