Coniston Water

Coniston Water

Southern Lake District

Route: Coniston Water

Area: Southern Lake District

Date of walk: 27th November 2014

Walkers: Andrew

Distance: 9.7 miles

Weather: overcast and dull, clouds on tops, no wind

Plan A today was to climb Dow Crag and Coniston Old Man but the cloud was down so it would have been pointless. Thanks to the Mountain Weather Information Service I’d been anticipating this, and had a Plan B up my sleeve, a low level walk along the shore of Coniston Water

Coniston Water is the fifth largest of the lakes, at five miles long, and with a maximum depth of 184 feet. It provided an important fish source for the monks of Furness Abbey who owned the lake and much of the surrounding land in the 13th and 14th Centuries

I parked near the centre of Coniston and walked out of the village to the lakeshore. An easy path, part of the Cumbria Way, took me along the western shore for about 4 miles and I then headed inland towards Torver

After passing through Torver I climbed up the foothills of the Old Man and just beyond the climbing hut took the path leading back into Coniston, with good views of the lake ahead of me towards the end

It was an enjoyable walk but the weather was very dull and gloomy

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