Yesterday I went out walking with my local rambling club, Crosby CHA. Our destination was Coniston and I did the “B” walk led by Ray McNamara.

From the village we walked up past the Sun Hotel to take the path up to Miners Bridge. We did not cross the bridge but continued along the tourist route climbing steadily. There were some patches of snow but not as much as I had expected given the blizzards of last week.

At a junction of paths we turned left to head south skirting the Old Man to link up with the Walna Scar road.

After a mile of easy walking we came to a crossroads. The path to the right led up to Goats Water and the summit of the Old Man of Coniston but that was not for us. We took the left turn to head down to Torver and onwards to the lake. We encountered some patches of snow and paused at the disused quarry to admire the view and the waterfall. The final couple of miles were an easy stroll along the lakeside path.

Passing close to a farm we spotted a peacock keeping a close eye on his harem and trying to blend in with some farm machinery. We had walked 9 miles but were back in plenty of time to enjoy a pint before the long coach journey home.

The Cumbria Way Bitter in the Crown was superb.

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