" " Lake District Trails and Ales: Coniston Old Man and Dow Crag, April 12th 2009

Tuesday, 14 April 2009

Coniston Old Man and Dow Crag, April 12th 2009

Today was going to be interesting. Just how far can a 4 year old (and a 10 year old brother) actually walk....uphill. Well as we were about to find out, not just today, but over the next few days....a long way, in fact more than most people we met on the way. Part of the incentive for our youngest son to climb is finding money at the top on Cairns which he believes I have left there on previous climbs. It works a treat.

The weather was outstandingly good and it was only April. A shorts and t-shirt day if ever there was one. This was my second trip up Coniston this year, and surely not the last. We decided on the main route up past Low Water, not sure how far we would get.  After a couple of hours, and after a couple of detours into the old mine areas we found ourselves at the top still in glorious weather with Dow Crag calling us over.

The walk along the top of Dow Crag was spectacular. After a bit of off piste we evetually joined the Walna Scar Road for the decent back into Coniston. All in all it takes one hell of a day to beat today. Fantastic weather, Fantastic views, Fantastic scenery, Fantastic company. I'm so proud of my sons to walk for a good six hours. And to cap it all.....yes ...a pint of Old Man Ale at the Black Bull to finish off the day.  Next challenge for them has to be the Langdales.

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