Old Man of Coniston

Tuesday 13th September 2022

My first ever walk in the Lake District! I’d skipped the chance to climb Scafell Pike on Monday, as the weather was abysmal and it was more than an hour’s drive from the campsite. But Coniston was only twenty-five minutes north of where I was staying. I hadn’t ranked the Old Man too highly on my to-do list but it would be very convenient and probably worth doing.

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Day 2 in Aviemore

Saturday 18th June 2022

We awoke at the hostel in Aviemore, after our second night’s stay. With a forecast that still promised strong wind upon higher ground, we would again stick to the lower levels of the Scottish Highland, in the names of both safety and of sanity.

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Two Lochs from Aviemore

Friday 17th June 2022

We’d arrived in Scotland the day before and checked in to the youth hostel in Aviemore. For a few of us within the group, this was our first ever trip north of Hadrian’s Wall.

We’d planned to be up on the mountains and Munros. But the weather had other ideas; with 60-70mph gusts forecast for the summits and still a good 40mph berating us lower down.

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The Aran Ridge (Snowdonia)

Tuesday 29th March 2022

My inspiration for this walk came from a trip to Snowdonia in May 2019. A group of us were camping at Bwch yn Ychaf in Llanuwchllyn and very close to the Bala Lake Railway. We spent much of the weekend looking up at the ridge but, with other plans on the table, not one of us quite decided to venture up and explore it (even fewer of us could pronounce its summits).

It’s been on my mind ever since. I had to wait almost three years but I’m pleased to say that I have tackled and conquered the Aran Ridge. My walk starts in the small car park at Llanuwchllyn, after a forty-minute drive from Ffestiniog.

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