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My walking, Hiking, Rambling adventures.

A weekend away in the Lake District

Wow look at that I’ve not blogged for over 15 months, even though I’ve been trying to get round to it!

Things have been busy here in the Cleary camp since i last blogged when we were in Chicago in May 2016 & that time has been spent with family & adjusting to a couple of changes that have affected us.

Anyway here is the revival post entitled ‘A weekend away in the Lake District’

We’d not seen our close friends Warren & Dawn for a while as they’ve been away on holiday in the US for what seemed like ages & this weekend just passed was the first real catch up we’d had with them.

The Bray’s were off to Coniston in the Lake District for the weekend & wondered if we fancied joining them in their motorhome.

After a delayed start on Saturday morning we were off up the M61 & M6 towards the Lake District following the motorhome at a steady 65mph.

Arrival at Coniston Park Coppice Caravan Club Site Park Gate, Coniston, Cumbria, LA21 8LA after a leisurely drive by 12.30. Within 30 minutes we were booked in, unpacked with the awning attached to the motorhome & a brew in hand.

Michele & Dawn spent some time moving their outdoor chairs around following the movement of the sun.

We elected to have a late lunch/early evening BBQ which Warren & I cooked. All washed down with a couple of beers. Following the clean up we headed off into Coniston for a couple of beers.

First stop was The Sun followed by another in the Black Bull a nice pint of bitter from the Coniston Brewing Company. If you are ever in the Lake District you do need to try a pint from these guys.

Back at the motorhome we sat & chatted the late evening away all washed down with a bottle of red wine.

Off to bed before midnight as Warren & I were out walking early doors to walk up Old Man of Coniston. When i mean early I mean early, we were all parked up in the car park at 07.45. Boots on & raring to go before the rain came which according to the weather forecast was due to start from about 13.00

Up early & leaving the girls behind as Warren & I headed off to the Old Man of Coniston.

We started the route off at 07:50 & covered a total of 6.35 miles in just a shade over 4 hours & managed to climb 2276 feet.

We managed to get down before the rain set in which was good luck.

In the afternoon we drove into Ambleside with the girls & had a lunch out before heading home.

Grizedale Forest – December 2014

On the Monday between Christmas & New Year my mate Warren asked if i wanted to go walking in the Lake District? However before we do we were to call at his caravan located just outside of Flookburgh in the South Lakes. Yes was my reply.

Warren picked me up at 07:30 & off we set with Alfie his family pet cockapoo for the 90 minute drive up the M61 to his caravan.

The reason for calling at the caravan was to lock it down & prepare it for the closed season at the caravan park it was located on. So after emptying the freezer, draining the water & generally making the caravan secure we were on the short drive over to the Grizedale Visitor Centre. We managed to park in a small lay-bye just a 5 minute walk from the visitor centre & off we trooped in the direction of the trig point at Carron Crag with hopefully clear views over Conniston Water towards The Old Man of Conniston to the West, Ambleside & Helvellyn to the North, Kendal & Howgill Fells to the East and finally Morecambe & Lancaster to the South.

We climbed the short steady climb up to Carron Crag & the trig point (314m) in crisp cool conditions. As soon as we got to the trig point we were above the tree line of Grizedale Forest. We were also above the low cloud line over Windermere which gave us clear views across to The Old Man of Conniston & Helvellyn which were capped in snow.

From the high point of the trip point we descended through the forest towards Conniston Water, however we cut short the decent as we were beginning to run out of time before the end of the day & turned back on ourselves & headed back towards the visitor center via the base of Carron Crag. We made it back in-time to get a warming coffee at the Cafe in the Forest.

you can view our route by following the link below

also below are a selection of photos taken on the day.