Today was another remarkable day. It was the last day of our holiday and the weather conditions were PERFECT for attempting to summit Coniston Old Man as the sun was shining but it wasn’t too hot, the summit was free from cloud allowing us spectacular panoramic views, the strong winds from yesterday had eased to a gentle breeze and there was no rain or adverse weather forecast.
Clare and Tony needed no persuasion to join us for Megan and Williams debut mountain, which stands at 803 meters above sea level and is visible from their home.
Our route started from the high level car park adjoining the Walna Scar Road. From here we followed this track to Low Water, passing through the redundant mine workings that tower over the Coppermines valley and youth hostel.
Having re-energised at the Tarn, Megan and William needed no encouragement to speed their way up to the summit. Megan in particular revealed her inner mountain goat and made very light work of the steep ascent, however, Williams competitive edge would not let his sister leave his sight. Thanks to Aunty Clare and Uncle Tony for speeding up after them!!
Once at the summit we were rewarded with a spectacular panoramic view of the southern lakes, including a great view of Beacon Tarn, our wild camp spot.
We found a sheltered spot close to the summit to have our lunch, whilst admiring the view and keeping an eye on several groups of climbers on Dow Crags.
After lunch we made our way to the col between the Old Man and Dow Crags where we headed down Goats Hawse towards Goats Water.
We paused again at Goats Water to enjoy a shortbread biscuit. This also gave us the chance to check up on the climbers who were now close enough that we could hear their conversations. We also spotted a dare-devil sheep on the rock face above the climbers. It seemed to be happy enough munching grass on the ledge although it added a rather disconcerting dimension to the spectacle.
From Goats water we continued down the path to the cove, giving Megan and William plenty of scrambling practice.
Once below the cove we picked up the Walna Scar Road again where Megan and William trotted along happily back to the car.
The route we followed was 9 km in total (5.5 miles) with 630 meters of ascent. Megan and William have proved just how capable at walking they are and we were all incredibly impressed with the way they took this challenge in their stride and achieved it with relative ease.
A real achievement and great milestone in their adventurous lives – you are both AWESOME!!!
And so our holiday in Cumbria has come to an end. It has been a great break from normality and fantastic to share a couple of weeks of action and adventure together as a family. The holiday really did end on a high for us and we take with us memories that will last a lifetime.