B WALK for 18th July 2021
CONISTON via Torver
Leader Peter Rossall
Distance 6.5 miles / 10.5km
Ascent 2306ft / 703 m
Time 5½ hours
Sunset Time 21:32
Maps OL6 - The English Lakes – South-western area
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Hi all, seems like I was too quick off the mark yesterday when I posted my brief description of what I was planning to do this weekend on our facebook page, complete with a lovely picture showing part of our route just to whet your appetites.
I then suffered the disappointing news today that I’m required at work this Sunday, with a start time of 3pm, which could well be just as you are stretching out on the final leg of your day.
What this means of course that I need someone to step in and look after my merry band of lads and lasses in my absence.
I’d already written up my walk details – see below – and if any of many suitable people would like to step forward and lead ‘my mob’, I’d be very grateful.
Despite posting below what I had planned to do, whoever steps forward to lead the B’s in my absence is perfectly at liberty to undertake whatever walk they wish rather than slavishly following mine.
Extraordinarily sorry that I can’t be with you, and not starting my shift until you’re virtually finished your walk will just add to my chagrin.
Have a great day, whatever you do, and don’t get too sunburnt.
After 2 years of me leading the ‘B’ walks, we finally crack the 2,500ft barrier for the first time.
Unlike the ‘A’ group, we’ll only be doing one summit, rather than the 3 or 4 they normally ‘conquer’, and I know you’re all capable and feel certain that you’ll all love it.
The above statement prefaced the walk we’re due to do today on the last occasion that we did it, in November 2010.
Sadly, despite a number of attempts over the last 11 years to revisit the ‘Old Man’, the weather – and sometimes my conservatism - has got in the way of further escapades on this big hill.
Seems like the weather is gonna be “Scorchio” today so don’t forget your hat and gloves ... and sunscreen.
I’ve knocked a mile or so off the start of this walk from 11 years ago which will help those of us who’ve lost a bit of fitness over the last 12 months or so (lost quite a lot of fitness in my case) but it’ll still be the hardest ‘B’ walk we’ve done for a good few years.
We’ll start from Little Arrow on the A593 just north of Torver from where we’ll head inexorably towards the Walna Scar Road, passing by the oft visited Banishead Quarry which usually makes for a suitable early morning break.
Having reached the Walna Scar road, rather than using it we continue in the direction we’d been following, climbing steadily across The Cove to reach Goat’s Water which sits in the dip between Dow Crag and the Old Man of Coniston.
Lunch is served.
Lunch consumed, how does following that with the steepest climb of the day sound?
A short sharp climb sees us make Goat’s Hawse where we turn right and continue climbing, although not quite as steeply, to attain the summit of Coniston Old Man at 2,635ft, an effort that pleasingly should be rewarded with wonderful views all around.
Providing we’re not getting battered by the wind, we may hang around a bit to fully appreciate what’s in view before taking the zig-zag path steeply down towards Low Water prior to carrying on downhill to Crowberry Haws before joining Church Beck on our way to our finish in Coniston.
Doubtless a drink or two may be required, and enjoyed, and why not, as you’ll all have earned them.