i have visited Coniston many, many times over the last few years, and love the base of Old Man. Being an Old Man myself, i have never reached the top, because i have never tried. The route i take,along with wife and dogs, starts on the road past the Bluebird Brewery. Initially, it is steep, but after 15 or so minutes, the path widens and flattens out, and there is a beautiful walk next to the crystal clear river. It takes half an hour or so, alongside the river to reach the old copper mines and youth hostel.Normally a packed lunch and a bottle of Lucozade, refresh us to the point that we are able to descend back to the village. Indeed, one of my favourite walks, which we will be doing once again w/c Oct 28 2013.
it's a little sad that i can't make the top, as in my younger days i did the 3 Peaks inside 24 hours. Snowdon / Scafell Pike / Ben Nevis - -Who knows, i might do it in 2 weeks time ! If you see me and my wife and a gorgeous border collie called Copper - -say hello
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