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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To the Lake District

It won’t be long now before I begin the long drive up in to the north-west of England. In all my ten years of walking, I’ve never once set foot in the Lake District proper (unless you count a stop at Tebay services on the way up to Scotland back in June…). This trip could be interoperated as a bit of a celebration for my decade of hiking around the UK.

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Fiacall Ridge and Ben Macdui

Monday 20th June 2022

This was to be our final outing for this trip in the Scottish Highlands, ahead of a long journey home the next day. This Monday promised to offer the best weather of our long weekend and so we were bound for the higher ground. From Aviemore below, we drove up to the Cairn Gorm Base Station.

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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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