Lake Buddies 2

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A walk around the Coniston Fells

So yesterday was 2nd outing for the lakes Buddies and we have 3 new members.
So Firstly let’s say hello to Leanne, Julie, and Sue. Welcome aboard and I hope we share many walks together ๐Ÿ‘
So back to the walk…
The plan was to set off to Coniston at 7.30am with a view to be walking for 9.30am
However, a road closure at Ullswater and one of our members love of a cosy bed meant we didn’t get started until 10.45am ๐Ÿ˜‚

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The gang posing with the old manย  behind them( and in front if you include the photographer) ๐Ÿ˜‚

And we’re off. We soon got in to our stride once the clean mountain air began to fill our lungs.

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Leanne and Craig leading the way.

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Height was soon gained

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Wetherlam providing a great backdrop

I mentioned this route in my last blog after I’d ventured up it with my son.
It’s up there with the best for me now.
Great views, and interesting things to see, such as the old slate mining remains.
We joked about how it must’ve felt walking to work on a Monday morning with a bit of a hangover! Rather them than me ๐Ÿ˜€

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Stuart and Leanne a bit further up the path.

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Emma seems to be counting money in her hand?
Checking to see if she has enough to get a round in at the pub afterwards ๐Ÿ˜‚

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Sue and Julie both enjoying the views on the way up Coniston.
It wasn’t too long before we started to encounter snow on the paths, and it was quite slippy in places.

We decided to stop a little higher at an old mine working and don ice grippers and have a brew.

Unfortunately Leanne’s did not fit her boots, but after a bit of ingenuity involving some para cord and an old slate we were on our way again…Bear Grylls has nowt on me ๐Ÿ˜‚

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Our first official group photo all together ๐Ÿ‘
I’d put the camera on a 10 second timer with 10 bursts. Somebody thought it would be fun to try different poses for the 10 seconds…..
Here’s the result.

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They were right. It was fun ๐Ÿ˜‚

Anyway, on with the walk haha

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On the move again. Onwards and upwards.

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Stu has had another banana and is off!!

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Leanne is all smiles

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So is Julie

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And so is Emma

And why not? It’s an amazing day that will stay in the memory bank for a very long time ๐Ÿ‘

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Sue and Julie modelling their new walking poles.

We were heading up to Low Water now at just above the half way point. It’s a beautiful spot and I was looking forward to the group seeing it for the first time.
They were not disappointed.

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Another group shot at the waters edge.

After a quick stop to take in the views, it was time to push on to the summit.

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Heading on up to the summit

The snow was getting progressively deeper as we climbed, making progress difficult at times.

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Going up the snowy path.

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A partly frozen Low Water.

We seemed to lose the path a little in the deep snow as we got a little higher, so we had to just find the best bit of snow to climb.

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Julie, Leanne, and Sue blazing a trail through the snow.
It was just as deep up top!!

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Stuart knee deep in it.

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Looking back to Wetherlam as the group continue on the climb.

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Stu powering on. He swears by bananas he does ๐Ÿ˜Š

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Emma silhouetting in the sun.

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Craig living life on the edge.

Plenty of fun being had in the deep snow now. Stu was in his element playing in it ๐Ÿ˜‚

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See above!!

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The views over Coniston and out to sea were just amazing.

The summit was in sight now, almost there.

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Stu has a quick breather (and probably another banana) before the final summit push.

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Leanne and Julie approaching the summit.

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Closely followed by Sue.

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Almost there Emma.

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Touchdown!! The full team make it to the summit ๐Ÿ‘
Note the changing weather!!

It was time for a summit selfie….
I set the camera on the trig point just past the summit cairn… 10 second timer then a mad dash to join the group.
As the I got there the camera had spun in the wind and took 10 shots of this…

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Take 2 was not much better as my camera focused on the trig column, blurring us out….
I give up… selfie stick needed on next walk haha

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Summit selfie.

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Stu looks lost in his own thoughts here. Admiring the views? Or contemplating another banana?

We didn’t stop on the summit for long as there was a biting wind and we needed to be on the move again.
However we did stay long enough for me to display my epic ‘backward roll whilst keeping a coffee in the air’ technique to much amusement ๐Ÿ˜‚

To be fair the snow was very deep on the summit ๐Ÿ˜ฎ

Our next objective was Brim Fell so on we went. I put my camera away at this point as the cloud was engulfing us and the snowfall battering us. Nothing to take a pic of when it’s like that!!
Visibility was quite poor at this point so we had to use the cairns to guide us. Huge cornices were hanging over the crags, so the cairns were a godsend to prevent us walking off the edge of the mountain!!!
We were soon at Brim Fell and heading down to Levers Hause.
Swirl How was dominating the view ahead of us..
In hindsight I should probably have suggested we head down to Seathwaite Tarn from there and back through the valley to the start of the walk.

I didn’t, and on we went up Swirl How, our third Wainwright of the day.
Camera came back out as we approached the summit and the cloud cleared a little

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From Swirl How summit.

You can just make out ‘Prison Band on the left of the photo above..that was our way down, and the snow was waist deep on it ๐Ÿ˜ฎ

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Heading down the band.

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Langdale Pikes from the band.

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Stuart finally runs out of banana induced energy on the descent of the band ๐Ÿ˜‚

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Leanne, Craig, Julie, and Sue descending the prison band.

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The route back looking over Levers water.

As we dropped down into boulder valley and warmer temperatures, the melting snow made the ground incredibly boggy.
Making for the most uncomfortable part of the walk I think we all agreed.

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Stu leading the way through ‘The bog’

It took a lot longer to get through here than anticipated due to the treacherous and uncomfortable ground.

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Emma negotiating the boggy ground.

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Pretty to the eye but not to the foot!!

After clearing the boggy valley we decided that we would continue down in to Coniston village rather than back to the start of the walk, as we were all bushed by that point!!

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Back on the old terrafirma on the way down. ๐Ÿ‘

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What a difference from the weather a 1000ft higher. Sunshine over the trees

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Miners bridge down towards the village.

We were soon back to the pub (I forget the name), but unfortunately that’s not where the cars were ๐Ÿ˜•
Craig and I had another mile and a half to walk for them, up the steepest hill I’ve ever been on.
Coincidently this was the same hill I vowed never to walk up again after I’d had to walk it to get my car on a previous walk!!!
Never again this time and I mean it haha.
Anyway,  we were soon back at the pub with the others sat around a roaring fire enjoying a drink.
A cracking pint of Old Coniston. It went down a treat.
We had a quick debrief about the walk, and then we headed off home.
All in all it was a long day, and the conditions made it longer and harder than I remember it being last time I did it alone.
One thing is for sure though….
We can all be immensely proud of what we achieved out there on this walk.
We stood on the 12th highest point in England, at over 2500 feet, and walked 12km in knee/waist deep snow and boggy ground.

Just one question……..why?

Because it’s there ๐Ÿ˜‚
Until the next time….

Scotty out ๐Ÿ‘

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