2014:  April 17 - 21

Coniston - Other & Additional Activities

One of the strong points of CLOG is that an away visit can spawn several parallel activities. So it was at Coniston. The web pages you have seen so far, describe activies which I personally experienced. Additional activities ranged from the genteel to - let's say - the definitely challenging. Here is a sample of these additional activities that also kept us busy for our four days in Coniston.

  1. Old Man and Wetherlam: April 18: While some of us continued from the Old Man to Dow Crag and Brown Pike, Peter led a contingent along the ridge to Swirl How and - with a subsequent "down and up" - on to Wetherlam, descending from there to Coniston via the Miners' Bridge. This walk, according to Paul Buttle's book, "Fifteen Walks from Coniston and Windermere", is about 7½ miles in length, making this walk marginally shorter than the Dow Crag walk. Of course, distance is only one aspect of a walk in the mountains.

  2. Jack's Rake: April 19: Some of us - a baker's dozen in fact - went to savour the thrills of Jack's Rake, an interesting 700 metre long natural phenomenon in the Langdales. However, I understand that those with mountaineering experience who have scrambled up the "rake", suggest that it is very exposed in parts and therefore requires a good head for heights. In other words, the "rake" should be tackled with care and indeed, may not be for everyone.

  3. Cycling: April 19 and 20: Gavin indulged in his hobby of cycling. In the Lake District, bikes are easy to hire and are a good way of covering more ground than on foot, albeit from the perspective of the valleys as opposed to the higher ground.

  4. Ambleside to Coniston: April 19: Helen D., Yvonne and colleagues chose Saturday to take a break from the mountain tops and do a low-level walk, taking in the gently rolling verdant Beatrix Potter Country between Ambleside and Coniston.

  5. Elter Water and Elterwater: April 20: Helen D. and colleagues did a moderately low-level car-supported walking trip north of Coniston to Elter Water (the lake) as well as to Elterwater (the nearby village).

  6. Coniston Water - Boat Cruise: April 21: On our last day in Coniston, Ralph and colleagues took a rest from walking, enjoying instead the relaxing delights of a boat cruise on Coniston Water. Boat trips invariably give new visual perspectives of the surrounding landscape, perspectives which in the Lake District mean attractive and memorable views.

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