Wednesday, 2 October 2013

Back to the Lakes

Wed. 2nd Oct. 2013

                  It seems ages since I last posted but with family commitments and the tendency for my posts to repeat themselves over the yearly cycle I've eased off a little.
        But last week the good weather continued so we took full advantage and returned to the Lake District  an area that I never tire of. We were based near to the village of Coniston an ideal area for accessing  the fine ridges that the Coniston Fells have to offer, so on my 73rd birthday we were up and away for a day on the tops.

The Old Man of Coniston range for the Grizedale Forest side of Coniston Water

The walk started near to the village of Torver and across the side of Torver High Common we found the Common Butterwort and some late flowering Grass-of-Parnassus.

                          Common Butterwort (insect eating plant)

                             Goat's Water and Dow Crag

               Along the ridge with Dow Crag dominating the scene

                               The summit of Coniston Old Man

Back along the ridge with Sca Fell & Scafell Pike ( Englands highest mountain) just to the right of centre

                      Looking back along the ridge to Dow Crag

                      Swirl Band nearing the top of Swirl How

           View looking NE towards the Helvellyn Range in the distance

                                       The cairn Swir

Descending Prison Band off Swirl How before the path down past Lever's Water to Coniston

Finally a well deserved pint of Blue Bird beer at the Black Bull Hotel in Coniston

           Watching the sheep which have been brought down off the fells

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