Saturday, 10 April 2010

A day on Coniston Water

Another day with no walk but some beautiful views over Coniston.

Early in the morning, walking down from Bank Ground to the shore.

The view looking back up towards Bank Ground,

Evie, putting her wellies to good use.

The view to 'Holly Howe' boatshed, where they launched on the voyage to Wild Cat Island.

On a boat ride on Consiton Water, Isabelle, Grace, me and Evie.

From the boat, looking at where we had been staying.

Friday, 9 April 2010

Grace is too ill for the Old Man

I had somehow persuaded Caroline to steal Isabelle and Grace away for the day to climb the Old Man, since Evie was too little and we hadn't got to the stage of just carrying the youngest up to the top.

This was in the days before everyone had a phone and a camera, so no photos, but an approximate route map.

Difficulty: 4
Walkers: Tim, Isabelle (7)
0.0km 0m, Start (45)
11.8km 761m, End (45)

So the three of us bravely set out, even though Grace was a little under par.  From the house there was a shortish drive to Coniston village, then we set off up the typical path from the Sun pub.  We got a fair way up, probably a couple of miles, but it was becoming obvious that Grace just wasn't going to be able to manage the walk all the way.  So we took the decision to turn back, very frustrating but definitely the right thing to do.  Back to the car park, back to the house, and delivering Grace to Caroline and Evie, 

Isabelle and I were still keen, so we turned straight back again, drove to Coniston, parked in the car park (ticket was valid all day...) and headed up the path, now just the two.  The initial enthusiasm was wearing a little thin for Isabelle, and I had to really encourage her to make it up to the tarn, telling her that we could always turn back at that point.  From there, you can virtually see the route up to the top, so with more encouragement and sugary bribery we make it finally to the top.

From the top we took the route back via Goats Water, most of which is fairly gentle downhill.  I was very proud of Isabelle for making it to the top, and very grateful to the rest of the family for letting the two of us take the car for the day!

Thursday, 8 April 2010

Grisedale Forest

A day out in Grisedale Forest was the plan, no great heights, and lots of things to motivate getting that extra way down the track.  So no Wainwrights or map from today, just a few indulgent pictures of my kids

Daffodils and Grace (right).

Evie and Grace

All three investigating the mini house.

Evie and Isabelle, 

Wednesday, 7 April 2010

Hill Top

We were aiming for a more restful day, after the wind on Wansfell the day before, so we aimed to look around Hill Top.  We stopped somewhere on the way for a quick wander around, but I've not got any record of where that was.

The weather always looks the nicest when you're not going up high...

Now at Hill Top, 

No sign of any hungry rabbits.

Tuesday, 6 April 2010

Wansfell in the Wind

So the plan for this day was to start from Ambleside, parking in our favourite car park, and then head up the waterfalls, popping out the other end to climb up to Wansfell.  We bought some provisions from the Apple Pie in Ambleside.

Difficulty: 2
Walkers: Tim, Caroline, Isabelle (7), Grace (5 1/2)
0.0km 0m, Start (72)
3.8km 396m, End (81)

Yes, there were waterfalls!

Evie did some walking.

All were very keen that the provisions were shared out fairly.  Well, actually I think they were more interested that they got what they wanted, but sharing sounds better...

Leaving the waterfalls at the top end, just about managing to get them to stop going around the revolving gate.

We were quite amazed at how high Evie walked - not all the way to the top, but still quite a fair way up for 2 1/2.

The top was very windy, like really really windy.  Time spent posing for the photo was minimal... 

Still, reasonable view across to Lake Windermere.  We weren't that organised with looking for Wainwrights, so didn't carry on along the ridge to get to the Baystones, saving that walk for another day.

And back home, to yet more chocolate - we love easter week!

Monday, 5 April 2010

Tarn Howes

After the excitement of Cat Bells the previous day, we decided on a much more straight forward walk, a lot closer to where we were staying on Coniston Water.  Evie did do a fair amount of walking, but also spent time in the pushchair.

Difficulty: 1
Walkers: Tim, Caroline, Isabelle (7), Grace (5)
0.0km 0m, Start (212)
2.6km 32m, End (201)

I say time 'in' the pushchair, well, she was only trying to be helpful.

Isabelle and Grace, contemplating ducks, water, who know...

It wasn't much after this that one of these three delightful children 'accidentally' pushed one of their siblings off this hillock.  

Sunday, 4 April 2010

Catbells and Castlerigg

We were staying for the week at Bank Ground, on the shores of Coniston.  It's famous for being Holly Howe in Swallows and Amazons, the summer home of the Swallows, although we didn't get to stay in the actual farmhouse...

We started the week with Catbells, a great kids favourite for being not too long or too high but yet really impressive views and some great scrambling to get to the top.

Difficulty: 2
Walkers: Tim, Caroline, Isabelle (7), Grace (5)
0.0km 0m, Start (121)
1.5km 317m, Catbells (451)
5.4km 421m, End (164)
No gps route, so the distance & height will be a bit off.  We took between 2 and 3 hours for the round trip.

Evie started off walking, but fairly quickly wanted to be carried to the top.

Isabelle and Grace were loving it, 

The view back down the ridge we had climbed. 

When you're this size, this counts as rock climbing! 

Stopping for a well deserved lunch break at the top.

Caroline posing with a less than impressed Evie in the carrier. 

We then drove across to Castlerigg, to have a look (and to get up close and personal) with the stones.  

Grace being very happy, back when she would be happy having her picture taken.