Being genuinely excited about my little break away, I woke up at 6am. I stopped off in Kendal to get supplies. I’ve found in the past that there are no cheap supermarkets (Tesco, Asda, Home Bargains etc) in the central Lakes. Kendal is really good for cheapness and last minute things. The one way system is not fun and you do well to park for free. Maybe that’s why I woke up early…..
I planned to stay at Hoathwaite Farm campsite. It’s run by the National Trust and it describes itself as ‘a quiet site’, perfect! It’s 2.5 miles from Coniston, has yurts, Shepherd’s huts and plenty of tent space (see other post for this site review).
It was only 11 when I set off but it was already hot…..too hot. I’ve done The Old Man Of Coniston before, the classic route from Coniston town centre so this time I started from Trover (10min walk from my pitch). Walking up to the ‘high common’ and tackling Brown Pike, Buck Pike, Dow Crag and The Old Man. It was tempting to do a larger loop but the heat was draining and I’ve already done the nearby fells of Swirl How and Wetherlam. I love those fells but I wanted to save my energy for the next two days. I returned by Levers Water, through the old slate mines and back along the lake to the campsite. It was about 12 miles and took five hours. I don’t know if that’s a good pace but I blame the weather if that seems slow!
I’ve selected some photo of the walk for this post, and if my phone hadn’t have died half way round I would have had a track plotted on an OS map. On well, I’ll try again tomorrow.